"Komunist-1", Kharkiv Region, 62483, Ukraine
TEL: +38 (0572) 997-123
DIRECTOR: Svitlana O. Dovgalyuk
The Fundamental library of Kharkiv State
Agrarian University of Dokuchayev is one of the oldest libraries in Ukraine.
It was founded in 1816.
Thanks to the great services of Dokuchayev the founder of the nation soil science, during two centuries of the library existense, a unique system of funds was created. A considerable place in this system is occupied by the collections of works of such outstanding agricultural researches as soil scientists V.V.Dokuchayev, M.M.Sibirtsev, K.D.Glinka, O.N.Sokolovsky, plant-breeder V.Y.Yuryev, physiologist F.F.Matskov, plant-grower-ecologist M.M.Kyleshov and others, who helped its development in different times.
At present in the disposal of readers there are over 600.000 copies of a multibranch character in 11 languages, scientific ( 228.000 copies) and educational ( 200.000 copies) literature covering all the questions of agriculture.
Annually the fund is enlarged with 3.000 copies of literature.
The important source of filling up the fund is home and foreign book-exchange which is being carried out since the middle of the sixties of our century. We now maintain contacts with 45 organizations and institutions of Ukraine and foreign countries and get about 200 copies of books and journals from them per year.
So, beginning from 1962 the library constantly gets the journal ĒAgricultural ResearchĒ from the USA.
The proud of the library is the fund of rare and prerevolutionary editions (6.000 copies). Among them there are books with autographes and dedications of outstanding scientists in different branches of technics and agriculture. The oldest one of them was published in 1787.
The valuable informative part of the libraryís fund is the complete set of pre-revolutionary magazines for several years. Among them are ďHerald of Russian AgricultureĒ since 1888, journals ďYardeningĒ since 1866, ďForest JournalĒ since 1873, ďAgricultureĒ since 1898, ďGeodraphyĒ since 1898, ďSoil SciensĒ since 1899.
The fund of periodical editions is added with the set of modern home and foreign journals.
Besides books and journals, the fund keeps thesis, synopsis of thesis, microfishes.
Peculiar guides to the library fund are catalogues and card indesis (12), that comprehensively reflect its content.
Today the library offers to its visitors a number of services: 3 loans, 8 reading halls for 400 places, special lecture-rooms for 400 places for individual work with books which the University administration allots, inter-librarian loan, bibliographic consultation, exhibitions, etc .
In 1998 the library has began to form the document data base in agriculture, the data base of scientific works of the Univesity scientists, the data base of the new entries of primary sources to the library.
The library is the first member of the International association of Agricultural Information Specialists in Ukraine.
We hope for the further close cooperation with home and international institutions and organizations in widening access to the world information agricultural resources, and we are also sincerely-thankful to some of them: Ukrconsulting, T.G.Shevchenko ďProsvitaĒ company, Ukrainian Federation of Philadeiphia district (USA), Ukrainian-American joint venture and others for the free allocation of books for their use in scientific and educational activity of the university.
Our best regards to you. Thanks for your time.