This paper illustrates the influence of e-mail/Internet on the acquisition of Slavonic publications. It examines recent possibilities for inter-library co-operation and the new dimension of speed which have been found most useful for acquisitions librarians in a traditionally difficult area.After mention of the political and social changes which have occurred, reference is made to the aid programmes, eg Soros and VTLS, which have helped the new electronic systems to proliferate. E-mail forums such as Slavlibs and Russian studies illustrate the extent of global communication possibilities. Direct access to electronic journals is becoming increasingly possible. In a broader context the use of the Internet to establish links with libraries and agents is mentioned.