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State Public Scientific & Technological Library

State Public Scientific and Technological Library of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPSTL SD RAS) is the largest library in Russia east of the Urals,[1][2] the State Universal Book repository of Siberia, an Informational Center of the federal level, head library of the centralized system. Here are located the Museum of Book, Siberian Regional Library Center of Continuous Education (SRLCCE), Siberian Regional Center of Document Conservation, Multi-functional Regional Center for Patent and Informational Services in the sphere of protection of intellectual property objects. The Library is the only research institute in the East of the country in the field of librarianship and bibliology with 26 specialists having candidate degree and 6 – Doctor degree.

State Public Scientific & Technological Library
Государственная публичная научно-техническая библиотека СО РАН
Established1918 (101 years ago) (1918)
LocationNovosibirsk, Russia
Other information
DirectorAndrei E. Guskov

The Library is located in Novosibirsk, Voskhod Str., 15. URL:

SPSTL SD RAS is a public universal library, one of the biggest owners of information resources. Within the library its use is made by more than 2000 professors and tutors, as well as nearly 1,500 postgraduates and more than 11 000 students. The Library site is visited by more than some million users. The base for service is a unique collection of Russian and foreign books, journals, patents and standards, etc. – about 14 mill. documents. Its native part is formed due to the Federal Law on the free obligatory copy. The foreign part of the collection is 3.5 mill. documents. The Library provides remote access to nearly 8000 full-text foreign journals. In access are also reference databases with information from more than 18 000 foreign periodicals. The Library servers maintain 110 different databases, more than 47 millions records on all themes of scientific and technical tasks being solved in Siberia. The database “Scientific Sibirica” is being generated. The developed technology of digitizing rare books and manuscripts allows to provide the remote access to more than 1,000 unique documents, which may not be used in situ. Information and library services for readers and users are realized on the base of the newest automation technologies both in the Library and via Internet.

Library has 18 reading rooms where 600 readers can work simultaneously. More than 1,000 visitors come here daily and borrow nearly 12,000 documents.

The collection of rare books and manuscripts is one of the important book monuments of Russian culture. Its uniqueness and completeness allows to consider it as an insurance stock of the Russian national memory. The most important part of this collection are books and manuscripts, found during archeographical expeditions in Siberia and the Russian Far East.

The main function of SPSTL SD RAS is information provision of scientific research in the Siberian Division of the RAS, information support of its 90 scientific institutions, as well as information and library servicing specialists all round Siberia. The Library ensures their right on free access to information and world cultural values.

SPSTL SD RAS possesses the richest intellectual resources in the professional field. During the last 10 years more than 300 librarians graduated from The Highest librarian courses. The leading specialists are also professors, docents and tutors in the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University where they teach future librarians. During the last 15 years at SRLCCE training seminars more than 5000 librarians improved their professional skills on information technologies, electronic resources and electronic libraries. The continuous training seminar on licensing and patenting is annually attended by 300 specialists. Since 2010 here works the Informational school for young scientist. In SPSTL SD RAS there are postgraduate courses and doctorate. The Dissertation Council works since 1995, where 85 theses have been defended. As an important cultural and educational center, it organizes lectures, academic conferences, seminars, presentations, exhibitions and excursions.

As a center of international partnership SPSTL SD RAS has scientific and business relationships with many countries, including Germany, Great Britain, China, North Korea and others. A significant amount of foreign publications is received thanks to the international book exchange with more than 290 organizations in 39 countries.


Publishing activitiesEdit

The Library has its own publishing base and issues current and retrospective indexes, analytic reviews on environment protection. As a research institute, it publishes collections of articles, monographs on bibliology, librarianship and informatics, guidelines and text-books, as well as the only beyond the Urals scientific journal on bibliology and librarianship “Bibliosphere”.


SPSTL (firstly State Scientific Library (SSL) of the Presidium of Highest Council of national economy, Moscow) was established in 1918. Its first directors and organizers were L.A. Schlossberg, A.I. Yakovlev, D.I. Ulyanov. In 1927 SSL became the Central Library for Industry. In 1946 according to the Government decision the Library was transferred to the Ministry of Higher Education of USSR for servicing research workers and engineers, working in different ministries, institutions and enterprises of the country. In 1948 the Library got the right to get free obligatory copy of all printed production of USSR from the All-Union Book Chamber.

SPSTL as part of the Siberian Division of the Academy of Sciences of the USSREdit

In 1958 according to the order of the USSR Soviet of Ministers the Library was transferred to the just formed Siberian Division of the Academy of Science of the USSR and received its current name.

Building constructionEdit

The construction of the Library building began in 1961. The project was designed by the group of architects – A. A. Volovik, E.V. Amosov and the consultant architect from Moscow F.N. Paschenko. The building got the form of monolithic block with the symmetric decision of its façade. The transfer of books and the departments of the Library began in 1967, on January, 7 (when the first container with books arrived at Novosibirsk) and was finished on May 31, 1965, (when the last container was received).


  1. ^ ГТРК «Новосибирск» / Самая большая в Азии библиотека: история книжного фонда ГПНТБ
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2011-07-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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