The Marshall Center Research Library supports the educational, informational, and research programs of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. The library's collection of graduate-level research materials covers the spectrum of political, economic, social, and military issues in Europe and Eurasia with in-depth holdings on crisis and conflict management, national and regional security, democracy, terrorism, and disarmament.
The library's resources were originally developed as an integral part of the former United States Army Russian Institute (USARI), founded in 1947 to support advanced research in Soviet and East European studies. This collection of materials, many of which are very difficult to find outside the former Soviet Union, became the basis of the library when the Marshall Center was established in 1993. Since then the library has automated its holdings, increased its physical area, and expanded the selection of materials to support the diverse aspects of the Marshall Center organization and programs.
Today the library has an important and unique collection of 55,000 books in Russian, English, and German, 300 current periodical subscriptions, 1200 periodical titles in paper and microform formats, and holdings of specialized documents and reports. In addition, the library provides access to a variety of online services and electronic resources available through the Marshall Center intranet. These electronic resources include databases, journals, e-books and select documents in Russian, German, and English.
The Marshall Center Library staff provides professional research and reference assistance to faculty, staff and course participants in Russian, German and English. Library orientation tours and in-depth instruction in library research techniques and databases are also available.
Marshall Center Research Library and MERLN
The Marshall Center Research Library is the European node (MERLN-Europe) of the Military Education and Research Libraries (MERLN) based at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. MERLN was developed to provide gateway access to the combined resources of many of the largest and most comprehensive collections of military information in the world.