UPDATE - IPSA Saddened by the Destruction of a Major Section of the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences Library in Moscow

IPSA is saddened by the recent fire that destroyed a major section of the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) Library in Moscow, Russia. The library was home to an incommensurable number of rare historic documents and research papers. It is a great loss for the social science research community, and even more so for researchers who relied on the library’s resources on a daily basis.

We extend our sincere support to the research community in Russia, and IPSA is eager to assist them under these trying circumstances. To that end, IPSA is providing INION with a two-year complimentary membership in order to help them rebuild and remain part of the extended IPSA family. IPSA will also gladly send its publications (depending on reserves held by the Secretariat), in the event that they have been destroyed by fire.

We wish our colleagues the very best, and if you would like to contact INION and help in any way, please visit the following websites:

1. http://cas-inion.blogspot.ru

2. On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/advanced.methods.inion

3. http://inion.ru

For more details on the event or to stay tuned for more developments:

Reuters.com
Flames roar at Moscow library
http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/01/31/flames-roar-at-moscow-library?vi...

BBC Online
Fire rages through library in Russian capital, Moscow
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31074938

Yahoo
Fire devastates major Russian library, threatens rare texts
http://news.yahoo.com/fire-devastates-major-russian-library-130412708.html

CNBC US
Moscow burning: Important library goes up in flames
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102386082

The Independent
Huge library containing historic texts and 14 million books
goes up in flames Moscow
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/huge-library-containing-h...

Boston.com
Flames Roar at Moscow Library
http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/2015/01/31/flames-roar-moscow-li...

Boston¬Herald.com
Fire devastates major Russian library
http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/international/europe/2015/01/fi...

Indiatimes.com
Fire devastates Russian library with rare texts
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Fire-devastates-Russian-...

The Globe Gazette
Fire devastates major Russian library
http://globegazette.com/news/world/fire-devastates-major-russian-library...