The Kazakh National University of Arts is a higher educational institution representing a unified system of continuous comprehensive education for the training of creative professional personnel in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The university was opened in Astana on the basis of the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated March 31, 1998 on the basis of the Kazakh National Academy of Music. The basis of the educational institution was Akmola (formerly Tselinograd) College of Arts and Children’s Music School No. 1. The idea of creating a higher musical educational institution of the republic in the young capital belongs to the First President of the country N.A. Nazarbayev. The main task of the new creative institution of higher education is the education of personnel capable of serving the development of the spirituality of our country at a high professional level, the formation of the musical infrastructure of the capital and the opening of opportunities for the dynamic development of spiritual life in Kazakhstan.
The information and library activities of the educational institution began in 1998 with the mini-library of the Akmola College of Music and the Music School. The initial book fund amounted to 42,270 copies. Currently, the book fund has more than 200,000 copies, the main part of which is musical publications and scientific literature in all specialties of the university.
In 2011, on the basis of the new КАБИС program, a system for automating library bibliographic processes was carried out. Since September 2019, library and bibliographic processes have been transferred to the automated library system “ИРБИС 64”. Access to the electronic catalog and full-text electronic databases from any computer of the library is carried out at the local level through the web interface of the ИРБИС information library.
In the cultural and educational space of Kazakhstan, the university library, as one of the country’s leading creative universities, has its own values, objectives and vision.
Mission of information and library activity:
− storage, management and provision of the scientific fund of the library;
− providing users with the necessary resources;
− formation of a system of quality library services.
The library is located in the buildings of the university on Tauelsizdik Avenue, 50 and the college on Pobeda Avenue, 33, which are located in the picturesque areas of the city of Nur-Sultan.
The university library is designed to serve senior students, undergraduates and doctoral students, faculty. Library, bibliographic and information services are provided at 11 points: subscription, reading rooms, scientific literature room, rare and valuable books room, catalog room, periodicals room and media library.
Students, teachers and researchers have a wide opportunity to use educational, scientific, artistic, reference literature, as well as old, rare and valuable publications of the 19th-20th centuries, where unique editions of world classical music, operas, folk music, jazz, music are widely represented. and cinema, to receive qualified advice necessary in the process of writing essays, dissertations, term papers, diploma and scientific papers.
The library has all the conditions for the implementation of the idea of bringing musicians from their first step to a high professional level. The halls of the library are equipped with instruments for playing and listening to works, a video double, TVs for watching films.
The college has a subscription, a media library and a common reading room equipped with computers. To date, the library’s computer park includes 55 computers connected to the Internet, a multimedia fund, a local computer network, scanners, printers, video duos, copiers.
The library introduced an innovative, modern ABIS “IRBIS 64”, which made it possible to automate all the library’s production processes: acquisition and book supply of the fund, creation and support of databases, online servicing of readers, etc. The library forms and develops the Digital Library of the university, representing a full-text database data and numbering over 1687 documents.
Readers get unlimited access to the Kazakhstan National Electronic Library, the Republican Interuniversity Electronic Library, Web of Science (Thomson Reuters), Scopus, Springer Link, Science Direct in domestic and world databases. Library staff provide ongoing advice on the use of databases.