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About The Library

Nowadays Library of Belarusian State University of Culture And Arts is:

• Universal library holdings: more than 550 thousand items on the profile of the University. Each year, the library fund is replenished by 6-7 thousands items.
• The most complete information on art and culture of Belarus and foreign countries, including about 800 unique albums of reproductions;
• Rare and valuable editions, books with autographs of public figures, scholars and writers, miniature editions and solid volumes (over 5 thousands copies of the 17-20 centuries);
• Dedicated fund of musical publications — about 50 000 units;
• Information resources of the Library, which are available in the local network of the University: an electronic catalog, legal databases, electronic library of full-text educational materials, full-text databases of the world’s largest electronic publishers and foreign universities;
• Internet access;
• Relevant and timely information: more than 160 titles of periodicals annually subscribed;
• Various book expositions and exhibitions display relevant subjects;
• About 7 thousand visitors annually, more than 1400 — every day;
• Active promotion of the scientific work of the University and conducting independent research. The theme «Book Culture in Belarus: historical and theoretical aspects” is developed at high professional level. Library staff makes presentations at international conferences and their works are actively published in scientific, scientific and practical journals. It has become an important and a good tradition for the library to hold (together with the Cyril and Methodius Institute of Theology) annual International Cyril and Methodius readings.
• Humanitarian and educational and tutorial work, the possibility for users of the spiritual and intellectual communication, creative development and improvement. In the library there are annual cycles of activities held, such as «Days of Library at the University» and «Knizhnyja Kalyady» (“Christsmas With Books”) (public events with participation of eminent personalities, artists, writers, poets, journalists, etc.)
• Organization of the events within the system of additional professional education. Among them: The Directors’ School “The Art of Effective Management of Modern Library” and the International Winter School «Actual Problems of Continuing Library Education» for lecturers of library and information sciences, which are held annually (April and February) by the University Library with support from Belarusian Library Association.
• Project activity. This includes implementation of a joint publishing project with «New knowledge» publishing house — «Library Series for Practitioners» (developed in 2008): practicing librarians are offered publications on developments in the field of modern library-information and computer technologies.
• Creative contacts, which connect it with journalists, cultural and art workers, and businessmen.
• Comfortable working conditions, individual approach to each user and providing the optimal level of services which bring us closer to the international standards of library services quality.