Ukraine is a multicultural country, but still the most common languages here are Ukrainian and Russian. However, a niche for other languages is mostly represented with foreign literature. You just need to know where to look for it.
Vyktor Kytasty American Library
Photo: American Library Official Facebook page
The American Library is a public library maintained as a department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Scientific Library. The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine transferred the library from the America House to the campus of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 1998. Anyone can get the library card for free and in such a way receive an exclusive access to library’s resources: books for kids and adults, printed periodicals, electronic resources, e-books, movies and games. Obviously, everything is in English!
Address: 8/5 Voloska str., building 4 room #116, Kiev
Bookstore Chain ‘Ye’
Photo: ‘Ye’ Official Facebook page
‘Ye’ is a bit more than just a bookstore, it is a modern creative format of reading. It is mainly concentrated on Ukrainian literature and books in Ukrainian but there are a lot of books in English, sometimes French and German. One can also find a convenient space for reading and research in each store, beautiful art catalogues and elegant collection and gift editions. ‘Ye’ also actively participates in modern literature discourse, holding lectures, public discussion and meetings with writers.
3 Lysenka str., Kiev
5 Spaska str., Kiev
33/2 Povitroflotsky av., Kiev
1 Lva Tolstoho str., Kiev
63-A Velyka Vasylkivska str., Kiev
Photo: Kiev Bookinist Official Facebook page
Kiev biggest ‘Petrovka’ book market has a wide offer of foreign literature in many languages. However, the most curious spot there is the Bookinist store. Don’t expect to find new books there, but be sure to discover lots of interesting things, sometimes in the most unexpected languages (in old-style Russian, for example). This is a shop of rarities for affordable prices with a unique atmosphere. Save some time to pass by and dig into the Bookinist world!
Address: 23 Verbova str., (Petrovka Metro Station), ‘Petrovka’ book market, Kiev