UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Open Access Resources

In addition to our subscribed databases, a wide range of Open Access content can be found in this guide produced by members of the UCL SSEES Library's specialist staff. Resources include freely available versions of e-books, e-journals, datasets, papers, e-thesis and other resources.


OA resources by area



Central Europe


Czech Republic




Poland and the Baltic states






South East Europe



Bosnia and Herzegovia



North Macedonia





OA resources with the European coverage

Primary sorces
  • Monasterium.Net - Digital archive of over 220.000 primary sources from Central European archives. 
  • EuroDocs - Online sources for European History.
  • Making the History of 1989 - Primary sources drawn from the emergence of resistance movements in the 1980s, the events of 1989, and the immediate aftermath in Eastern Europe.
  • Mapire - Historical Maps Online - Historical maps of the Habsburg Monarchy and its successor states.
  • DigiPress -  Historic Newspapers digitised by the Bavarian State Library. 
  • Europeana - A portal bringing together cultural heritage from over 3500 European museums, libraries and archives.
  • EUscreen - Videos, images, text and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives ranging from the early 1900s to the present day.
  • European Film Gateway - Single access point to films, images and texts from selected collections of 38 film archives across Europe.
  • Access to 500 Worldwide Museums & Art Galleries - virtual tours.
Secondary sources
  • OAPEN - A digital library and publishing platform. It contains publications mainly from the humanities and social sciences.  
  • Open Research Library - The library aims to concentrate as many e-books as possible in open access mode. It currently contains more than 20,000 titles from various fields of human activity. 
  • Open Grey - A European system for searching grey literature, contains partially full texts. 
  • DOAJ - An online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
  • DOAB - A discovery of Open Access books. It supports the OAI protocol for metadata harvesting.
  • OpenDOAR - An authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
  • The Open Access Directory (OAD) - A compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship.
  • Orphan Works Database - A single publicly accessible database that provides the public with information related to orphan works contained in the collections of publicly accessible libraries, educational establishments and museums, as well as archives, film or audio heritage institutions and public-service broadcasting organisations established in the Member States.
  • Project Gutenberg - A library of over 60,000 to download or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
  • The DART-Europe E-theses Portal - Provides open access to research theses from 619 Universities in 28 European countries. You can search the database by keywords or browse by author, year of award, collection, awarding institution (where known) or country.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global) - PQDT Global contains over a million full-text dissertations and theses from 1861 onwards that are available for download in PDF format.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations - Includes links to a number of international search tools and portals.
Statistical databases
  • Eurostat  - A database of national and regional statistics of EU countries. 
  • OECD.Stat - Enables users to search for and extract data from across OECD's many databases.
  • OECD Data - Enables users to search for and extract data from across OECD's many databases.
  • EBRD Economic Research and Data - Leading-edge analysis and insight on the latest trends and developments in the EBRD countries.