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The fund of rare books and manuscripts is the specialized section of the basic fund and concerns to system of working funds. The fund of rare books and manuscripts is a cultural heritage of people.

The fund of rare books and manuscripts concerns to:

  • hand-written documents of XII, XVIII-XX centuries;
  • rare scientific editions of XVI-XXІ centuries;
  • rare editions of XIX-ХХ centuries in the Kazakh language;
  • books in the ancient Slavic language;
  • works of the Russian researchers on Kazakhstan;
  • unique books in art design and polygraphy;
  • rare foreign editions of XVI-XIX centuries;
  • editions in the oriental languages from XVIII century up to now;
  • rare micro-, photocopies;
  • dissertations, author's abstracts;
  • rare magazines in Russian, issued till 1917;
  • scientific literature in Russian issued in 40th of XX century;
  • books in languages of CIS peoples

Collection of manuscripts consists of 2151 folders (more than 22 thousand units)

Rare manuscripts of fund are «The annals of khans» (XVIII century), «The annals of prophets and kozha kin (XIX century), «Abylai khan’s letter to Lieutenant-General I.I. Shpringer, forces commander of the Siberian Corps (1765-1767)», manuscripts of M.Z. Kopeyev, A. Divaeyv, Zhayau Мusa and verses of Аbai Кunanbayev which has been written down by his literary secretary Murrseit Bikeuly, the Jewish manuscript  Torah (XII-XVIII centuries), one of the first translations into the Kazakh language «Shahnameh», photocopies of manuscripts of Ch. Valikhanov, M. Auezov’s manuscript and much more.

The collection of rare books consists of almost 91 thousand units of books and periodicals

Among rare materials there are «Psalter», «Prince Alexey Mihailovich’s Ulozhenie» (1649), «Academic news» (1780), Rychkov P.I. «Topography of the Orenburg Province» (1887), «Works of the Аral-Caspian expedition» (1875), etc.

Besides the collection keeps both the works of scientists-orientalists A. Alektorov, I. Veselovsky, V. Radlov, P. Pallas, A. Levshin, G. Potanin, V. Bartold and others, who investigated history, archeology and ethnography of the Kazakh people, Ch. Valikhanov's «Collected works» issued in 1904, I. Altynsarin’s «Bases of the Russian language courses for the Kazakh children» issued in 1897 and other books, and rare magazines in Russian issued till 1917.

The collection of rare books in the foreign languages consists of over 500 editions in Latin, German, French, English, Chinese, Italian and other languages of XVI-XX centuries. Among them is Lui Aristo’s novel «Violent Orlando» in Italian (1556), Аdam Оleria’s book «The description of travel to Moskovia and through Moskovia to Persia and back» in German (1696), translation into the French language of the most valuable directory of Аbil аl-Кarim Buhari «The history of the Central Asia» about events in Afghanistan, Bukhara, Khiva, Kokand (1740-1818).

The collection of oriental literature consists of almost 10 thousand units

The fund keeps books and hand-written works in Arabian, Persian, Tajik, Uzbek, Azerbaijan, Tatar, Chinese and other languages. Besides over 300 Коrans and Comments in Arabian and other languages are among editions in oriental languages.

The collection of rare books in the Kazakh language consists of the books written in Arabic script and published till 1929, such as «Hissa-i Seifulmalik», Suleimen Bakyrgani’s works, H.A. Jassaui’s «Diuani khikmet», K. Khalid’s «Таuarih Khamsa», S. Kudaiberdiyev’s «The genealogy of Turks, Kirghiz, Kazakhs and khans».  The heroic epics and legends occupy a special place in a collection. There are both some versions of epic poems such as «Коbylandy», «Аlpamys», «Еr Таrgyn», «Каmbar batyr», «Кyz Zhibek», «Kozy Коrpesh-Bayan Sulu», and the first Kazakh newspapers «Kazakh», «Еnbekshi kazakh», «Аk zhol», magazines «Аikap», «Аbai», «Shora», «Sholpan».

The fund of dissertations and author's abstracts make doctoral and candidate theses of the Kazakhstan scientists defended in the Academy of Sciences. The fund contains 6146 dissertations and more than 70 thousand author’s abstracts in the Kazakh and Russian languages in various fields.


1. Rare books and manuscripts are given in a reading room to scientists, researchers, experts, докторантом, магистрантам, to students. For work with rare, hand-written fund it is necessary to give the letter - attitude addressed to General director РГП « Ғылымордасы » НКМОНРК c places of work, an educational institution. In the letter it is necessary to specify: the sort of activity of the reader if it is the master, the student - to specify faculty, and also a theme of scientific work. If the reader does not work in establishment (for example, the pensioner) the application{*statement*} is written on its own behalf.

2. For reception of a necessary material, it is necessarily necessary for reader to fill in the form of the requirement. Materials are given the reader only according to his{*its*} researched theme.

3. Materials of fund of rare books and manuscripts are given according to a price about rendering of the paid services, authorized by General director РГП « Ғылымордасы » КНМОНРК.

4. The reader can make 10 orders in day. On hands it is given the reader on 1 unit of the document.

5. The reader can store{*keep*} the received editions in a reading room till 15 days (the dissertation - 1 month).

6. If the reader not воспольуется orders within 3 days editions come back in fund.

7. If the document is in using other reader is given out with the consent of the first ordered.

8. The reader bears the full responsibility for editions in using for all time of using of a material.

9. Photographing, copying of rare books and manuscripts without the special sanction is forbidden.


• To bear{*take out*} documents from a reading room;

• To carry by in a reading room of rare books and manuscripts of the edition from other reading rooms without соглосавание with the librarian.

• To bend, draw, use up, paint over, to tear pages, to put extraneous subjects among pages, to write on sheets or writing-books, having put on the document to put on the open document other document;

• To remove editions on the camera and mobile phones;

• To enter into a reading room with a bag;

• To carry by in a reading room I go also drinks;

• the Broken present{*true*} rules in a reading room of rare books and manuscripts lose the right of use materials of library.

 Nazarbaev 2017



State of the Nation Address by President of Kazakhstan 

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev


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