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Inquiring Minds - Books in Other Languages

The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian NovelEvery week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Here's this week's exotic inquiry!

Q. Do you carry novels written in foreign languages like Russian?

A. Most of the Library’s foreign languages books are in Spanish. Those include popular fiction and non-fiction titles, including translations of books originally published in English. We do have a few books in other languages, but those tend to be dictionaries and other language-learning aids, including some foreign language children’s picture books.

Don’t take this as a total “nyet” for Russian novels, however. We are often able to acquire Russian and other foreign language titles by borrowing them for our patrons from other, larger library systems through a process called Interlibrary Loan. If there’s a particular book you want to read in Russian, check with one of our librarians for more information. (Library procedures.)


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