Library

BSTU Library offers an outstanding range of information services, quality resources and warm comfortable facilities suitable for individual or group learning. Whether you are studying on or off campus, enjoy access to a wide variety of print, electronic and audiovisual resources to support your study at BSTU.

The University Library started its activities in 1930 when the Forestry Institute was formed. Since then the history of the library has been closely related to the University development and formation.

The University library has the richest collection of publications. The “gold reserves” of the library stock include very valuable and rare books on forestry published in the late XVIII - early XX centuries.

The books from different subject areas are of great value to all future professionals. They include Animal Life by Alfred Edmund Brem (1986), Forest Inventory by F.K. Arnold (1868), History of the Earth by M. Neymar (1897) as well as Chemistry in Everyday Life by Lassar-Cohn (1897). A unique collection of books by German professor, forester Bernhard Danckelmann purchased in Germany in the early XX century is of special bibliographic value.

At present, the library stock numbers more than one million volumes in all spheres of research and educational domains of the University. The library stock contains encyclopedias and reference books, technical legal regulations, scientific, educational, methodological and fiction books in Belarusian, Russian, English, German, Polish, French and other languages. Annually it is replenished with the most popular national and international publications in printed and digital forms, more than a half being edited by the teaching staff of the University. Students and academic staff members are offered technical literature, course books, textbooks and other publications on technical and related disciplines; there are also general and specialists magazines available.

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, as well as continuing to grow its physical collections, the Library has focused on its digital collections. Such electronic encyclopedias as "Chemical Encyclopedia", "Historical Encyclopedia", "Popular Art Encyclopedia", "Great Russian Encyclopedia", "Short Russian Encyclopedia", "Myths of the World", as well as an electronic handbook "Water Bodies of the Republic of Belarus", electronic textbooks, manuals, educational complexes and others are available to the readers.

The structure of the library embraces three interrelated departments, which are in charge of information resources and visitors’ service, i.e. Department of Acquisition and Cataloguing, Service Department, Bibliographic and Metadata Services Department.

The information technology is widely used in the process of searching for information and user service. The MARK-SQL system is used for technological processes automation, creating an electronic catalogue and information search. The library is equipped with modern computers that allow the library staff to serve the readers using computerized search.

Reading room No.2 possesses a digital library with such resources as electronic catalog, library search system, database of full-text publications, electronic manuals, access to external educational resources. It provides the readers with an opportunity to work on personal computers with Internet access, to edit and print out the reports, course and graduation projects, to search for necessary information and so on.

Users can access some domain-related information and global remote access information resources (ЕВSСО, EAPATIS, abstract journal VINITI).  Favourable and reader-friendly environment helps students to navigate the information space and to develop their information culture. First-year students get familiar with information culture and rules for library users.

The WiFi-based Internet access is available in the student reading room. The library search system “Standart 3.0” is used to help the library readers interested in accessing the updated technical legal regulations. The library regularly subscribes for specialist periodicals, science and technology journals that can be used by University students, academic and research staff (“Rubber”, “Forestry”, “Refractory and Engineering Ceramics”, “Glass and Ceramics”, “Plastics”, “Chemical Industry”, “Modern higher education”, “Innovation”, “Landscape”, “Fishing and Hunting”, “Floriculture”, “Mushroom Growing School”, etc.).

The University subscribes to about 1,000 volumes of more than 480 periodical publications. A special comfortable newsroom is available to users interested in the latest achievements of science and engineering.

The electronic library system created by the library staff includes electronic catalog and databases such as “Articles”, “Proceedings of BSTU”, “Technical Legal Acts”, “Authors’ Abstracts and Theses”, “Ideology of Belarus”, “Reports on Research Activities”, “History of the University”, “Periodical Publications”, etc.

Cooperation agreements are concluded with the Republican Scientific and Technical Library and the National Library of Belarus every year. The library takes part in the BelAR project (Belarusian Analytical Catalogue of Articles), which cooperates with 14 libraries. The corporate electronic database “Scientists of Belarus” is created in cooperation with the National Library of Belarus.

The library holds many interesting events, i.e. Library Days, Information Days, exhibitions of new documents, thematic book exhibitions, literature expositions supported by other university departments, bibliographical reviews. The academic staff can get updated information about new publications on request.  The library contributes to university electronic archive (elib.belstu.by). The library is the initiator and active participant of the Book Crossing movement at the University. The Book Crossing shelves are available and constantly replenished by the University staff and students.

The fundamental task of the library is to give students and academic staff not only a solid background and guidance, but also support them with any information required in the process of education, scientific work, research and professional projects.