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History of the library as a part of DIIT’s history

(DIIT means Dnepropetrovs’k National University of Railway Transport named after V.Lazaryan. It is the laconic name that is much liked among the university teachers and students). Scientific and technical library of DIIT was born along with this educational establishment in the year of 1930. The basic of collection was formed with educational and scientific literature from the collection of Kyiv Politecnic Institute and Dnepropetrovs’k Politachnic school. Services to the readers, literature being served on stock formally were located in 2 small rooms. 10 year later the scientific and technical library became one of the best libraries in the USSR occupying two separate buildings.

The library has survived a lot of hardship: it has grown through decline and further success; tragic situation with a partial loss of the collection being evacuated to the Siberia (Novosibirsk) during World War II. Then came happy events of the post war reconstruction . After that followed from the certain publications accordingly to the decision of the censorial commission. However, the library received new excellent rooms, where the readers were served at the end of 70th of the last century. The library’s development is directly linked with its management by specialists and enthusiasts of library science R.A. Kireeva, S.V. Bukovskaya, P.D. Blohin, M.P. Kacaluha, K.Ya. Korneev, who devoted their lives to the book being offered to the reader. At the beginning there were 2 departments (reader service and literature processing). Following the growth of the university, and accordingly with increasing number of readers, the library kept on improving and restructuring. In the 2008 year it has the following structure:

  1. Obtaining department
  2. Scientific processing of literature and catalogue
  3. Reference and bibliographic department
  4. Department of servicing educational literature with sectors.
    • Lending department for the students of 1-4 courses
    • Lending department for the students of 4-6 courses
    • Reading room
    • Book depository
  5. Department of servicing scientific literature with sectors.
    • Lending library of the scientific literature
    • Reading room
    • Media hall
    • Book depository
  6. Department of servicing humanitarian and economic literature
    • Lending library of literary works
    • Reading room of the economic and humanitarian literature
  7. Branch library in L’viv department with the lending library and reading room.
  8. Branch library in Odessa with lending library and reading room.


Library occupies the space of 2 124 m.sq. There are 7 departments, 6 lending libraries, media hall and 5 reading rooms for 450 seats.

Today scientific and technical library is one of the largest libraries of the university level and the largest one in the sector of railway transport in Ukraine. It is servicing more than 11 thousand readers. Library stock which encompasses 940 000 copies is the universal basis for education and scientific research. For a year library stock increased for 20-25 thousand copies within the science of classic technical university; and annually the scientific and technical library orders about 150 periodical and informational publications. The educational literature is not the only prerogative of the library funds. There is also works of fictions, encyclopaedic and reference publications, dictionaries, legislative material collection, the format of technical documents, rare scientific and technical editions, special kinds of scientific and technical literature, dissertation and author’s abstracts of scientific papers, scientific unpublished materials, periodical and informative-bibliographic publications. To provide the access to the electronic resources the library structure received a new subdivision; it is Media Hall with the whole range of activities:

  • it ia a substantial addition to the other departments; functions.
  • it is a version of reference system in the library and beyond the library service.
  • it is the opportunity of success to distant resourced being agreed upon with the other libraries, such as LIGA ZAKON, ZODCHIY, EBSCO etc.
  • it is the enlarged range of services including help in searching for the information, printing out, copying the information in the diskettes, CD-ROM etc.
  • the department staff instructs in a way of lectures on all possible ways how to use electronic catalogues.
  • the same instructions is available in the form of booklets.
  • in prospect, the general catalogue of Scientific and technical library of DIIT is offered to the user’s attention.
  • Website in 3 languages (Ukrainian, Russian and English) supplies with the current information, which is continually renewed.

Summurizing the aforesaid, we can say that one of the main objective in the library has been achieved: it is providing access to the educational resources in the university library. This pressuposes electronic catalogues, full-text electronic educational materials and scientific and reference distant informative resources. We have filed these resources in our catalogues and installed the search program.

Our active efforts to open electronic facilities in the library do not mean we are going to completely reject the print format of our funds. The library invites the readers to enjoy the opportunity to be informed up to the world’s cultural and intellectual level.