ANAS Central Library of Science

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Central Scientific Library
ANAS Central Scientific Library logo.png
Type scientific
Established 1924
Other information
Director Leyla Imanova

The ANAS Central Library of Science (Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences) was founded in 1923 in Baku, Azerbaijan.


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In November 1923, the ANAS Central Library of Science began as the office of bibliography of the Azerbaijan Society of Research and Investigation (Azərbaycanı Tədqiq və Tətəbbö Cəmiyyəti) or ATTC. It was supported by individuals including Nariman Narimanov, Abdurrahim bey Hagverdiyev, Taghi Shahbazi, and Hanafi Zeynalli. The founding director was Alexander Vasilyevich Baqriyin.

On opening, the library held 430 books and 1200 manuscripts. In August 1925, in order to prevent duplication, the library and the bibliography office became one, the Library-Bibliography Bureau. Hanafi Zeynalli (1896 - 1938) became chairman.

In 1945, the library was further developed in association with the Academy of Sciences. From 1963 to 1984, the library was known as the "Fundamental Library". After 1984, it was called the "Central Scientific Library". Its directors have included S. M. Yahyazade, Y. İ. Tahirov, Nazim Akhundov, Rasim Kazimov,[1] Mahbube Hasanova, Amin Efendiyev, Aybeniz Aliyeva-Kengerli and Leyla Bekir Imanova.[2]

On January 4, 2003, the president, Heydar Aliyev ratified the 54th item of the Article 5 of the Charter of ANAS, giving the library the status of a scientific institution.

On May 5, 2014, a new library building was opened by the president.[3]

International relations[edit]

In 1993, the CSL became a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. In 2012, ANAS SCL became a full member of the Association of Scientific Libraries, Council of Europe. The library provides a service for international book exchange. The library invites international guests and ambassadors to visit the library. The library also sends members abroad to study librarianship and attend conferences and exhibitions in other nations.[4]


The library's collections include, works in Azerbaijani language, works in Russian, and works in eastern languages. Georg Hazai's private collection of works in Turkish is housed in the library. Other private collections at the library include those of Y. E. Bertels, Y. A. Belyayev, B. N. Zaxoder, Zahid Huseynzade and gifts of Niyazi and others. There are also books and journals in Western European languages.

The rare book collection is noted for the personal collection of the numismatic scholar, Y. A. Pakhomov and the copies of encyclopaedia sets from many nations. The library holds periodicals and dissertations in hard and electronic copies. Other entities such as the Azerbaijan Society of Petroleum Geologists, the Nakhchivan section of ANAS, and the National History Museum also keep collections in the library.

Library spaces[edit]

Conference Hall

The library has fourteen reading rooms of various sizes catering for 1,000 visitors, spread through the floors of the library. The Academicians' Hall is a special work area for members of the Academy of Sciences. The Dissertation Hall provides a space for presentation and discussion of papers and proposals, especially those directed to the innovation department of the ANAS. The Zəkalı Discussion Room is a space for discussion amongst board members, experts, designers, and working groups with technological fittings to assist them. The Conference Hall caters for national and international events, meetings with scientists and writers, anniversaries, conferences, and presentations.

See also[edit]

[1] Central Scientific Library at ANAS


  1. ^ "On May 18, the 85th anniversary of the prominent scholar, pedagogue Rasim Kazimov was celebrated in the Central Scientific Library of ANAS". National Library News. May 18, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "Director of the ANAS Central Scientific Library Leyla Imanova visited the Presidential Library". Presidential Library. September 11, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ilham Aliyev attends opening ceremony of new building of Central Library of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences". President of Azerbaijan official website. May 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "ANAS Central Scientific Library celebrated Press Day". Institute of Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry at ANAS. July 21, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2017.