Kirovohrad Regional Universal
Research Library named after D.I.Chizhevsky is the largest library
information complex & scientific center for all libraries in the
In February 1999 our library
celebrated its centenary. The creation of the institution dates from
February 1899, when well-known public fugure Ryabkov initiated its
In 1920 Elisavetgrad public library
was reoganised into state city library. Following the revolution of 1917,
the library was renamed after Krupskaya who had presented a large
collection of rare and valuable materials. During 1917-1925 the library
received large collections of those who fled abroad at the revolution as
well as of the closed educational institutions. When Kirovohrad region was
founded the library became to serve as an all-region scientific research
and information centre,providing guidance in library methodology to the
libraries of different systems and institutions.
During World War II the library's
bookstock was severely damaged. Many books from library collections were
carried off to Germany or destroyed altogether,the library lost about
31000 volumes during the war years. In 1943 our city was liberated and
librarians began to restore its stock. In 1946 the library received 10,000
thosand units from Moscow, 5,5 thousand units from other state libraries
and more than 500 units as a gift from city residents.
In 1982 the library moved to a
modern specially designed building. In 1992 librarians of the institution
initiated renaming of the library. And in 1993 the library was renamed
after famous scholar D.I.Chizhevsky. The Library's comprehensive
collections total over 750 thousand units.
Since 1994 the Library possesses
extensive collection of rare books & primary sources:
the famous Alexander Borisovich
Ilyin’s private collection of books which contains 40 manuscripts in
ancient Slavonic languages (late XIVth- early XVIth century)
publications of Ivan Fedorov,
Petro Mstislavets, Andrey Nevezha (XVIth century)
items from private collections
of Polish composer Carol Shymanovsky, writer Volodimir Vynnichenko,
philosopher & scientist-encyclopedist Dmitryi Chizhevsky,
historian Antonin Florovsky and so much more.
Possessing such a cultural value
inspired the staff of the library to create “Electronic
Book Museum” project on its own Website for storing print
materials for long-term survival in digitized form.
Now the library serves 28 thousand
readers,lending half a million copies annually. Yearly the library
acquires 20 thousand publicationes in UKrainian and in foreign languages
Library staff numbers 120 librarians. 15 main departments are established
in the library. They provide a full service to library users. The library
endeavours to offer every group of visitors the most convenient facilities
for their work. This accounts for the system of differentiated service
that has been adopted. There is a system of reading rooms and specialized
departments that meets readers demands. The utmost attention is given to
acquisition and preserving of rarities and country study materials. Their
total number has reached more than 37 thousand items.
All grown up residents of the city
are eligible for the membership. A person wishing to become a member of
the library fills in a form and is given a memmership card which entitles
him to use a library for a year.
The library organizes regular
exhibitions of new editiones and thematic exhibitions to familiarize
readers with new developments in the life of Ukraine and abroad. Regular
meetings with writers, scientists, artists, etc., all kinds of club
discussions have become a tradition.
We are trying hard to reconstruct
our library into a center for storage & sharing information &
knowledge with the help of modern equipment & telecommunications that
greatly improve our effectiveness & enable us to better serve the
society we live in.
Local library network has been set
into operation in February 1999. We created Website & our electronic
catalog is accessible worldwide. Our users can get online services &
completely realize their right to have free access to the world of
Monday –Saturday 10am–7pm
#24, K.Marx street