About the Library

The Shevchenko Scientific Society Library has over 30,000 books covering many areas, including literature, science, music, art, and cinema as well as a large collection of journals and periodicals published by the Ukrainian diaspora in the United States. The library’s collection of rare books related to Ukraine has volumes which date back to 1796. Examples from the collection include the first edition of Taras Shevchenko’s Kobzar (1880), the French translation of a collection of short stories Maroussia by Marko Vovchok (1878) and draft of debut collection of poetry Soniashni klarnety(1918) by Pavlo Tychyna. The library serves the needs of the members of the Ukrainian community in New York City, as well as tri-state area scholars, researchers, and professors who work in the field of Ukrainian studies, some of whom travel from different states as well as from Ukraine and other European countries to conduct their research at the Society’s library.

Library staff regularly take part in scholarly events and conferences that take place at the Society, as well as in Ukrainian and American organizations. When visiting the Library, one can view exhibitions of items from its collections, newly published books, and unique publications from recent decades that have been donated to the Library.

Shevchenko Scientific Society is a member of the Metropolitan New York Library Council

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Library Hours
Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm
or by appointment

Library Location
63 4th Avenue, 4th floor
New York, NY 10003

Research Requests
library@shevchenko.org or call (212) 254-5130

Library donations
see Library and Archive Donations