Library of al-Farabi Kazakh National University
As long the civilization exists, so long the book will exist, because the entire wisdom of mankind is concentrated in books...

Judging by the attitude of a society to the repositories and libraries, we can speak about the level of development of this society, since the attitude of a man the a library is the precise reflection of his cultural level, intellectual and spiritual development.

The Scientific Library of al-Farabi Kazakh State National University (KazGU) is a cultural and spiritual centre for students, professors, and the whole teaching academic staff.

There you can find textbooks, monographs, unique samples of fiction, rare books of XVII-XIX centuries and more than 200,000 copies of periodicals.

The Scientific Library of KazGU is one of the largest libraries in the Republic of Kazakhstan. It was founded in 1934.

Since that time the library has been orientating its activity to satisfy the cultural needs and wants of its readers providing them with different sources, necessary in the academic process or in their research

At the start of its foundation the fund of the library was very scanty. In the 1930s a very intensive and hard job on forming the fund, first of all, an educational one, began. The university libraries of the former Soviet Union, in particular, of Moscow and Leningrad, rendered great assistance to KazGU.

Unfortunately, in 1936, half of the find was set on fire. But thanks to the efforts of the teaching and library staff, the library could manage to restore and to increase the amount of books very quickly.

At present the fund of the scientific library of KazGU exceeds 1.5 mln printed units, 120,000 copies of which are in Kazakh, 70,000 are in foreign languages.

The library possesses one of the richest finds of educational literature in the city, especially in economics and law.

Since the 1990 s much attention has been paid to the gathering and keeping of literature in the Kazakh language. The fund has at its disposal not only the classical works, but also the works of contemporary writers, such as:
Kabdolov Z. " My Auezov", (novel), 1997;
Zhakyp B. "My dear, dear" 1990.
There are also collections of interesting and various books on the history of Kazakhstan.
Nazarbayev N.A. "In the waves of history", 1999;
Askarov A. "The sons of Great Tutan", 1998;
Baibatsha A. "Ancient History of the Kazakh steppe", 1998 and many other works.

The fund of rare books published before 1917 comes to 14 306 copies, including the so-called old Russian books - 11370 copies; books of Western edition - 1885 copies, and books of unusual size -782 copies.

The editions of the Kirillitsa print are of great interest. The collections of manuscripts such as 'Ousting of Tsar Aleksey Michailovich", "Arithmetics" by L. Magnitsry, 1703, are considered to be the masterpieces of culture of the XVII century.

The collection of reference editions of the rare books is made up of Encyclopedic Dictionaries by F.A. Brockhouse and I.A.Efron, Encyclopedic Granate Dictionary and some editions of British Encyclopedia.

A special department of the fund " Kazakhstanica" contains books connected with the history of the country published up till 1917. They are the books of famous scholars and researchers of Central Asia and Kazakhstan such as Veselovsky N., Alektrov A.E., Mushketov D.I., Pallace P.C. and others.
Most of the unique and rare books of the fund were presented to the library by Kazan University in the 1940s.

Services for Readers.
The amount of the readers in the Scientific Library is 14 thousand. There are 12 reading rooms, Internet hall and 10 library offiliates at their disposal. They offer services to different faculties. The funds meet the requirements of the main disciplines studied at the given faculty.

The reading rooms with well-stocked funds and varied periodicals are very popular among the students. They are located not far from each ofher. The funds of the reading rooms attract the readers from the other Universities of Almaty.

1,5 million printed units sre lent by the library every year and the frequency of attendance is over 700 thousand readers a year.

The other services for instance Xerocopying, typing and scanning of texts on computers at the request of the readers are also developing.

The library strives for giving any reference to the readers concerning literary sources. The reference - bibliographic department prepares not only oral and written reference for course and diploma papers, but introduce new publications to the readers through exhibitions, press, local TV broadcasting. The displays of new books are organized as well.

The library also carries out much work on gathering and registrating the publications on the history of KazGU, scientific research of professors and teaching staff. This work is done by means of computer technologies.

The new information technologies have been actively introduced in the work of the library since 1990. The library pursues an aim to provide the readers with a free access to all types of information, to do their work with the library reference department easier. Alongside with the traditional catalogues the library has used an electronic catalogue on publications since 1990.

The library has not only its own database, but also the additional materials, for instance, database of normative, judicial documents of the Law Information Center and Yur-Info Company. The textbooks that are in deficit, are being written on CD - ROM and kept on diskettes. The library has started to produce electronic journals (Vestnik Kaz GU in 14 series) since 1998.

The issue of creating the library's own WWW-server has been solved. Our address in INTERNET to place the information about the KazGU Scientific Library is: http://lib.kazsu.kz. The works by the University professors and teaching staff are also placed on this address.

An event of great importance is the introduction of the Internet information network. The Internet hall provides the readers with information on the electronic carriers. The library won the Grant of the Eurasia Fund in spring 1999. The project in directed to the extension of Internet hall, more than 25 computers will be at the readers' disposal.

Every year the international ties of the library are widening. They are directed to the publications exchange. We also have business contacts with the embassies and other foreign agencies. We get books and journals from them.

For more than 60 years of its history the KazGU Scientific Library has become one of the leading libraries not only in the system of higher education of the Republic of Kazakhstan, owing to the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of its employees under the support of the University Administration.

Author Abulkairova E.D.

Book's wealth
The library of the University has the fund answering to the requiments of the readers. It is the scientific literature, about 600,000 copiers of textbooks and teaching aids for the students, 200,000 volumes of belles-lettres, about 4,000 thesises, protected in zGU. The library keeps of more than14,000 of unique issues, the fundamentals of which made the books of Vernen's library, Vernen's Muslims library -reading-room, the private collections by Marakuev A., Mirzhanov I.G. and others. The special attention deserves rare books on the history of Kazakhstan, the publications of the famous researches of the Central Asia -Veselovsky N., lectrovA.E.,Mushketov D.I., Pallas P.E.

The religious literature, interesting by contents and designis keeping in the fund of the library,-"ran" on Arabian language issued in XVII century and more laterst issues, granted to the library by the delegacy from Jordan. More interest attracts the publications of kyrillic shrift.. The handwritten collection " The overthrow of the tzar Aleksey Michailovich", is the monument of book culture of XVII century, and there is "Arithmetics" by Magnitsky L. of 1703, which Lomonosov M.V.has called "... the gate of the own learning".The singing of Mother-bogoroditsa" belongs to the monument of kyrillics, it is about 300 years.

The book "The ancient Russian vifliofika of outstanding Russian researcher of XVIII century Novikokov N.N. is unique by its cultural and historical value. The greatest part of uniquial fund consist of civil printing. Among them " A history of the Russian state " by Karamzin N.M., historical monographies and researches by Kostomarov N.N., Pushkin's publications during his life.

The collection of the reference works is rich. It is the Encyclopaedic dictionary of the publishers Brokgause F.A., and the Encyclopaedic dictionary, Granat, dictionaries and encyclopedias on foreign languages, including British encyclopedia (1875-1902)

History of the library
The Scientific library of al-Farabi Kazakh State National University was founded in January, 1934.

The library began its own activity work without having the main fund.

The library was faced with two problems: to supply the students with educational literature and also to create the fund of the scientific literature.

The Ministry of High education helped in the acquisition of the educational literature and also textbooks from other high schools of the country had been received to the library.

The most valuable books from private collections have been acquied due to the efforts of librarians.The works by Aristofan, Shakespear, Byron, Dante entered the library in 1934-1935 years, made the fund of belles-lettres.

More attention was paid to the literature on languages and primirely to the publications on Kazakh language, that is connected to the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 90th years the departments of literatures on Kazakh and foreign languages were opened.

The library lives in the rhythms of present days, developing at the same time with traditional, new technologies.

In 1997 the access have been gained to electronic mail, in 1998-to Internet.

Serious attention is paid to the accumulation of information on electronic vechiles and translation of periodical materials of the history of Kazakhstan is conducting to the figure form.

The library is situated in several buildings with different addresses:
42, Timiryazev st. (Library of Humanitarians);
39/47, Masanchi st. (Library of Math and Physics faculties);
95, Karasai-batyr st. (Library of Chemical Faculty);
The reading-rooms are located in the buildings of the corresponding faculties. The Internet hall is situated in the lobby of the administrative building.
Tel: (3272) 47-27-61:
Fax: (3272) 49-26-09:
E-mail: guljan_m@kzsu.kz