Center of science «Otyrar kitapkhanasy» - by the governmental order of the Republic of Kazakhstan № 924 dated July 6th, 2001 is created on the basis of the library of the Eurasian National University named after L.N.Gumilev.
The purpose of the center is to concentrate ancient manuscripts and hand-written books, rare books and publications, material relics which concern to the history and to spiritual culture, written heritages of the Republic of Kazakhstan in one center, to collect national cultural wealth, to estore and provide the preservation according to all requirements, carrying out research works independently.
The work sphere of the center – is directed to the coordination of the scientific organizational branch, research branch, rendering of scientifically-cultural services and scientifically-cultural education.
Center duties: - research and collecting of rare manuscripts, rare hand-written books, rare books, samples of the Turkic and Kazakh writings, valuable scientific editions, collection libraries, archeographic and epigraphic material proofs, organization of archaeological scientific expeditions; formation of memorial funds, taking a heritage into account of the fund, to systematize, regulate, to make references, to define storage measures, restoration, maintenance of correct storage, entering into bibliographic indicators and directories.
- to do scientific textual comparisons on rare books and manuscripts, to write scientific responses, to make research works on a source study, bibliology, epigraphic; preparation for scientific editions written heritages, to translate, write scientific concepts, preparation on editions, preparation of the report and data for international, republican regional scientific conference;
- the organization of thematic exhibitions, scientific seminars, consultations, conferences, doing all possible conditions for scientific work of professors and teachers, post-graduate students and competitors, students and readers. The structure of the centre is as following:
- Research department,
- Department of gathering and systematization of rare books and manuscripts;
- Bibliology department.
The center is situated in the ENU library building (№102,110, 201, 202, 203, 203 "A", 303). There are 3 reading rooms (№ 201, 203 "A", 303). The center is equipped with necessary organizational equipment (computer, printer, audio-video devices, TV, facsimile, dereactivator, skaner and etc.).
13 research assistants are employed in the center (since March, 2011). They are: director – 1; deputy director on science – 1; leading scientific employees – 3; the senior scientific employees – 4; scientific employees – 4. 3 of them are doctors of sciences, 1 candidate of sciences, 3 experts of Arabian, Chinese, Persian, Chagatai languages, 2 bibliogoraphic librarians, 2 aspirants, 2 undergraduate.
Owners of scientific ranks: the academician of Pedagogical Sciences Academy of the Republic of Kazakhstan – 1; professors – 2, the senior lecturer – 1.
Manuscripts and books placed in the Bibliographic fund of the Center are processed, and at a stage of inserting into traditional and electronic catalogues. To professor teachers and research assistants, doctoral candidates, undergraduates and students the informative help is rendered.
Total number of the fund of the Center – 46 542 copies, and from them: rare books – 5033 copies, manuscripts-1657 copies. And more than 6 thousand rare manuscripts and books on ancient Turkic, Sogdi, ancient Kipchak, ancient Uigur, Chagatai, ancient Chinese (Gu the khan), Chinese, ancient Mongol, present Mongol, ancient Arabian, present Arabian, Persian, ancient Kazakh and present Kazakh
(Arabian, Latin, Cyrillic alphabets), Turkish, Uzbek, Kirghiz, Tatar, Bashkir, Khakass, Uigur, German, French, English, Russian, Ukrainian etc. languages are available.
Valuable and expensive books are: multivolume L.N.Gumilev presented by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A.Nazarbaev, «The Encyclopedia of the new Catholic» 20 volumes presented by Pope John Pavel II, presented by the Minister of Culture of Sweden Margaret Vestagerom the original 5 volume of V.Thomson (1920-1922), a copy of the manuscript of 11 scientific treatises of Al-Farabi handled by M.Zholdasbekov (Х-Х1centuries); handled by O.Sulejmenov the original of the hand-written book under the name «Interpretation of oratorical speech of wise men of the Zhousky period» (the Juan epoch of 1206-1368 years) of well-known philosophers of Shyn-Gu and Zhou Tszjan of the times of the Sunsky empire of China, presented by I.Tasmagambetov «Works of Orkhon expeditions» written by V.Radlov, published in St.-Petersburg and «the Atlas of monuments of Mongolia» (the original 1896-1899) and a scientific copy of the atlas «Orhono the Yenisei monuments» written by G.Gejkel offered by A.Sejdimbek the manuscript in polish language «Kazakh-Kirghiz historical writings» written by A.I.Levshin (1828); «the Collection of verses» written by Abay, published in 1909 in St.-Petersburg and a hand-written copy of verses of Aba and Shakarim by R.Markesov and Z.S.Kudarberdyuly, «the Encyclopedic dictionary» 82 volumes by Brockghaus and Efron (1890-1902 years) handled by T.Zhurtbay, «Scientific data of 1742-1750 on the states situated on the bank of the Caspian sea» (London, 1890) handled by А.Тolepbergenov, also copies of proceedings (1888) such as "Saki", "Kushan", "Tokharstan" which were handled by K.Zhusup, copies of manuscripts of Mashhur Zhusup Kopeev, manuscript of A.Shakarimuly handled by T.Kakishev, the Persian versions of works of Hafiz (Tashkent, 1901), "Diuani Hikmet" (1912г.) written by Hodzhay Akhmet Yassaui, CD-ROM version of «Turkestani collection» collected by Kaufman, manuscripts of A.Margulan, S.Begalin, M.Karatayev, K.Muhamedhanov, the manuscript of Muhash Zang handled by A.Zhakyp, lamentation of Sulejmen Bi, the manuscript of epic poems of Aset Naimanbaiuly, a copy of historical poems of T.Karibaiuly sent from China (Shaueshek) by A.Igen, rare books published in an interval of 1886-1911transferred by A.Samaev, S.Kenzhahmetuly and books buried under the earth within 70 years in Torgay region, and here we can include books which have been found in the cities of Otrar, Baba-ata, Sauran and that were hidden during the Soviet period from confiscation and politically ideological pressure in tombestone constructions and caves, cemeteries and a mosque. And as in the Center there are hand-written books written on the Arabian alphabet in the XIX-XX centuries, handed over by a mosque of Astana ancient "Holy Quran", books about rules and Sheriyat sentences, works of significant historical importance in the sphere of studying of Turkic language.
Among ХҮІІІ European editions there are such valuable editions as «Fanaticism and Magomet» by Voltaire (Amsterdam, written in French, 1743), «Quixote History» by Cervantes (1757), «the Collection of plays and letters» Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Geneva, 1782), V.G.Belinsky’s "Collection" (Moscow, 1872), 10 volumes of F.M.Dostoevsky (St.-Petersburg, 1895), «Agriculture in the Kirghiz heath» (Voronezh, 1902), «Materials of census held in Akmola area» (St.-Petersburg, 1902) etc.
About 750 books presented with the autograph known writers, scientific, public figures and store memorial libraries and fund of the manuscript of the Kazakh diaspora are available in the center.
In the fund of the Center audio-video documents, documents of a photo-isofermentation, the note, Periodicals, libraries and personal memorial subjects of scientific and cultural figures of Kazakhstan are collected. There is a special fund of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany N.D.Gensher and the Union of composers of Kazakhstan.
11 memorial funds are organized in the center:
- Archival library of academician A.Margulan (202 office);
- Library of the academician M.Karatayev (203 office);
- Memorial museum-library writer S.Begalin (202 office);
- the Museum-office of academician K.Akishev (102 office);
- The Museum-library of academicians S.Kirabaev and A.Bejsenovа (303 office);
- Library of the academician of R.Syzdykov (203 office);
- Fund of the library of professor T.Kakishev (203 office);
- Fund of the library of the professor of O.Nurmagambetov (203 office);
- Museum-library of A.Sejdimbekov (204 an office);
- Fund of professor Т.Zhurtbay (202 office);
- Library of Minister for Foreign Affairs ГФР of N.D.Gensher (201 office);
- Fund of the Union of composers of Kazakhstan (203 office).
- Archival library of academician A.Margulan