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Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Yelbasy is an information and ideological complex of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, N.A. Nazarbayev, which performs the functions of a library, archive, museum, analytical, cultural, educational and scientific research center.
The library was established on March 13, 2014 in order to ensure the functioning of the Personal Library and Personal Archive of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Yelbasy, study the history of the formation and development of Kazakhstan, as well as promote the ideas and initiatives of the First President of Kazakhstan within the country and abroad.

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The Library of the Yelbasy has a modern electronic archive infrastructure and unique information resources that make up the national cultural and historical heritage.
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The National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Almaty)

The National Library is the largest scientific and methodological center of libraries in Kazakhstan, the depository of a compulsory copy of printed matters of Kazakhstan, the depository of the Committee for Control in the Field of Education and Science of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan of candidate and doctoral dissertations in all branches of knowledge defended in Kazakhstan, the depository of abstracts of CIS countries, since 1993 – it is the depository of scientific dissertations and UNESCO publications; since 2005 - it is the depository of literature published under the Cultural Heritage state program; since 2012 – it is the depository of publications of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan in Almaty.

This is one of the oldest libraries that was opened on December 31, 1910.

The book fund of the National Library has more than 6.7 million items. The annual attendance of readers is over 1 million, the book output is about 2 million. 14 specialized halls with 1,500 seats serve readers.

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Kazakhstan National Electronic Library

The Electronic State Library Fund was created as part of the state Information Inequality Reducing Program in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The collection of e-copies of books is replenished at the expense of funds provided by many libraries of Kazakhstan, including: the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty, “Otyrar Kitapkhanasy”, the Scientific Center of Gumilyev Eurasian National University, the library of the Presidential Center of Culture, regional libraries, university libraries and personally from the authors: famous scientists, writers, public figures. Books published within the framework of the Cultural Heritage state program became a significant source of admission to the e-depository of KazNEL.

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The National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Astana)

The main fund is a part of the unified fund, which is a collection of Kazakhstani and foreign publications, reference, educational and scientific literature. The volume of the fund is 1,446,195 storage units. The fund includes: books, periodicals, audiobooks, electronic publications, maps, music print, postcards, microfiche, as well as Braille books for visually impaired citizens. The special value of the fund is represented by more than 30 private book collections of domestic figures of science, culture and education, outstanding collectors of Kazakhstan.

One of the activities of the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the promotion of Kazakhstani books, the creativity of Kazakhstani writers, instilling deep respect for the historical past of the Kazakh people, its cultural heritage, centuries-old traditions and customs that contribute to the education of patriotism, strengthening morality, spirituality, intellectual qualities of the younger generation.

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Central Scientific Library of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Central Scientific Library of Gylym Ordasy RSE of the Committee of Science of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the largest fund of scientific literature in Kazakhstan, acting as a natural science depository. It contains 5.7 million copies of books and scientific publications.

The library’s funds represent the richest collections of national and foreign publications, dissertations, scientific works, private libraries of scientists of Kazakhstan. The specific composition of materials is extensive: from the originals of manuscripts to modern electronic media.

The Central Scientific Library is the owner of a unique fund of rare books and manuscripts. The fund of rare books has 91 thousand copies, the collection of manuscripts - 22 thousand copies, the collection of Oriental literature for 9.9 thousand copies.

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The Nazarbayev University Library

It was opened in 2010 rendering services in English, Russian and Kazakh. Resources and services are designed for teaching and research of students, faculty members and staff. They strive to be a world-class library, introducing international educational and technological innovations.

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Gumilyov ENU Scientific Library

The Scientific Library is a modern center of information, education and culture. The collection of the scientific library is more than 1.5 million units of storage of educational and scientific literature, periodicals, abstracts and dissertations, manuals, bibliographic indexes, foreign publications on printed and electronic media.

The library’s collection includes the works of scientists of Gumilyov Eurasian National University, materials of international conferences and seminars held at the University, scientific journals and heralds published by the University. The library is a member of the Association of Libraries of Universities of Kazakhstan.

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Begalin State Children’s Library

The library was established on May 10, 1951. According to Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 384 of April 03, 1996, the State Children’s Library was named after the classic of Kazakh children’s literature Sapargali Begalin.

Today, Begalin State Children’s Library is the largest children’s library in the country, the national book depository of Kazakh children’s literature. The library has a writer’s corner with his personal belongings (dombra, desk clock, tape recorder/player, chapan), copies of manuscripts, photographs, notebooks with the writer’s notes, shezhire with the writer’s pedigree compiled by his descendants.

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The project is aimed at popularizing the history of the country. The main goal of the Project is to provide accurate and maximally complete information about the past of our country, as well as to promptly inform users with the results of the latest scientific research in the field of history, modern research methods and techniques.

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Adebiet portaly

An online resource of works by Kazakhstani and foreign authors, both of the past centuries and of the present, available in Kazakh, Russian, and English.

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World Libraries

The National Electronic Library of the Russian Federation

The National Electronic Library (NEL) is a federal state information system that ensures the creation of a unified Russian electronic knowledge space. The National Electronic Library unites the collections of public libraries of Russia at the federal, regional, municipal levels, libraries of scientific and educational institutions, as well as copyright holders.

In the formation of the NEL fund, the following works are used: works that have passed into the public domain; works of educational and scientific significance that have not been reprinted in the last 10 years; works whose rights have been obtained under contracts with copyright holders; as well as other works that have been lawfully translated into digital form.

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The Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine

The Vernadsky National Library is the largest book depository in Ukraine, it contains the richest storehouses of information that can be accessed by anyone who wants to “feel” them.
A member of the Association of European Libraries, the largest book depository in Ukraine was founded on August 02, and according to other sources, on August 15, 1918, and a full-fledged reception of readers began to be held already in August 1920, when the first reading rooms were opened.

The size of the funds is about 15.8 million units of storage. This is a unique collection of information sources, including books, periodicals and serial editions, maps, music print, prints, reproductions and other editions, manuscripts, old printed books, archives of historical newspapers, documents on non-traditional media.

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CyberLeninka Scientific Electronic Library

CyberLeninka is a scientific e-library built on the Open Science paradigm, whose main tasks are the popularization of science and scientific activity, public quality control of scientific publications, the development of interdisciplinary research, the modern institute of scientific review, increasing the citation of Russian science and building a knowledge infrastructure.

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World Digital Library

The World Digital Library provides free access in multilingual format to a large number of materials representing cultures of different countries of the world (books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, etc.)

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The European Digital Library, which aims to provide access to scanned pages of books reflecting various aspects of European culture. The project officially started on November 20, 2008. At the time of the project’s launch, 2 million different objects of European cultural heritage were digitized.
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There are publications of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) on various topics, including economics, environment, assessment, food and agriculture, health, information and communication, natural resources, science and technology, social policy. Most books can be read online or downloaded.

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There are publications of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) on various topics, including economics, environment, assessment, food and agriculture, health, information and communication, natural resources, science and technology, social policy. Most books can be read online or downloaded.

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The European Library of Academic Books in the Field of Social Sciences and Humanities. Among the publishing houses that have provided their publications are Amsterdam University Press, Firenze University Press, Universitatsverlag Gottingen, etc. Literature is presented in English, German, Spanish and other languages.

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Intech Open Science

Electronic database of open access publishing house. Journals and articles are interdisciplinary in nature. Access to high-quality research. There is an open access model and a flexible Copyright policy Intec – this is an opportunity for libraries and readers to search for high-quality content and expand catalogs.

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Royal Society Publishing journals

The site provides a range of services and opportunities, including access to the Royal Society journals, daily published news of the world of science and the opportunity to purchase publications on the Internet.

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As a leading platform for electronic printed publications, HighWire Press, together with independent publishing houses, scientific communities, associations and universities, digitize and open access to 1,530 journals, reference books, books and publications, as well as articles of journals with a high impact factor.

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IngentaConnect offers one of the most comprehensive collections of scientific and professional articles on the Internet, and bibliographic information about 4.5 million. articles from 13,500 sources. Access to full-text articles is currently open only to the sources of the resource in the public domain.

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Central Intelligence Agency

This is background information for those interested in history, economics, geography, communications, research in the field of transport and logistics, international relations, the armed forces, links to government regulations and much more. The reference portal includes: access to geographical and physical maps and flags of countries, maps of time zones, political studies, etc.

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Loeb Classical Library

Harvard University Press presents an open access virtual library. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface that allows readers to view content, search, bookmark, annotate and share information with ease.

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The DOAJ collection includes a huge number of publishers (over 2 thousand), in 50 languages. Full-text database of journals, includes scientific peer-reviewed journals. Currently it contains over 7,700 titles sorted by branches of knowledge. It includes information resources on social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, technical and applied sciences, healthcare and others.

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