Information services

The information services at the Aleksanteri Institute collect and distribute scientific information about Russia and Eastern Europe to public and private sectors both in Finland and abroad.

Our two mailing lists aleksanteri-lista and aleksanteri-institute reach over 1000 international subscribers and our website, Facebook and Twitter pages are visited by a thousand viewers daily. The monthly newsletter Aleksanteri News gathers together the most important news of the Aleksanteri Institute while Aleksanteri Insight offers short analyses of current phenomena in Russia and Eastern Europe by leading experts of the field.

The information services are developed in close cooperation with the researchers of Aleksanteri Institute. We run a highly specialized and active reference library and provide support for the use of the online databases at the University of Helsinki. Our journal subscriptions are devised to complement those of the Slavonic library. Aleksanteri Institute is also an active member in national and international networks of information services promoting the efficient use of information resources on Russia and Eastern Europe.

The library services are tailored to the institute staff and students, but should you find a relevant title in our collection (indexed in the Helka database by the University of Helsinki library), don’t hesitate to contact our information specialists.  

The information services provide the scholars with support and training also in issues relating to Open Access publishing and research reporting. 

The Aleksanteri Institute Library provides research literature on Russian and Eastern European studies, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. The literature is primarily reserved for the use of the researchers, but can be borrowed for other clients too. You can find the books by searching through Helka database.

The Aleksanteri Institute Library, together with its main partners, the Helsinki University Library and the National Library, provides access to extensive collections of e-materials for the staff, students, and visiting researchers of the University of Helsinki. You can find ebooks, full text and reference databases from Helka database. The scientific articles you can find using Article search in Helka.

Research Guide to Russian and Eastern European Studies presents the best materials for research, study and teaching of the area studies!

The library is located on the 1st floor of the Aleksanteri Institute and is open by appointment. Please contact information specialist Marko Tiainen in advance.



The Research Guide in Russian and Eastern European Studies is a compilation produced by the Information Services of the Aleksanteri Institute, the Helsinki University Library and the Slavonic Library. The Guide facilitates information seeking for researchers and students in the field of Russian and Eastern European Studies. The Research Guide is a wide collection of described databases and materials that may otherwise be laborious to find. The guide is open for everyone and it is regularly updated.

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