Libraries

University library is in fact a system of libraries that are a valuable source of information for SFedU students, faculty and researchers. The library contains a vast collection of books, reference books, dictionaries, manuscripts, legal documents, research papers and periodicals covering a variety of areas, such as historical and social sciences, technical sciences, natural sciences, etc. The total number of items amounts to almost 4 million. SFedU library may be of special interest to those who study the history of the Don area of Russia and the Don Cossacks, as it contains a number of important historical documents. Although the majority of items are in the Russian language, about 200,000 items represent the languages other than Russian, such as English, German and Arabic.

Main SFedU library is officially named «Zhdanov Regional Scientific Library» to commemmorate the memory of Yuriy Zhdanov who was the Rector of Rostov State University in 1957 — 1988. Regional Scientific Library was located in a beautiful building that dates back to 1914 and used to be a wealthy merchant’s mansion. Currently the library moved to the University Campus in the Western District, 21 Ж Zorge Str. Apart from its main library, Southern Federal University has a number of smaller libraries. Three of them belong to SFedU Institutes: Pedagogical Institute, Institute of Architecture and Arts, Taganrog Technological Institute. Besides, some of the SFedU Faculties and even residence halls have their own libraries.

Here is some data on SFedU libraries.

 Number of hardcopy books:

  • main SFedU library (“Zhdanov Regional Scientific Library”): 2,515,102
  • the library of SFedU Pedagogical institute: 552,741
  • the library of SFedU Institute of Architecture and Arts: 28,809
  • the library of SFedU Taganrog Technological Institute: 901,964
  • total: 3,998,616

Number of electronic books:

  • main SFedU library (“Zhdanov Regional Scientific Library”): 7619
  • the library of SFedU Taganrog Technological Institute: 25,000
  • total: 32,619

Number of subscriptions to hardcopy scientific journals:

  • main SFedU library (“Zhdanov Regional  Scientific Library”): 553
  • the library of SFedU Pedagogical institute: 190
  • the library of SFedU Institute of Architecture and Arts: 100
  • the library of SFedU Taganrog Technological Institute: 126
  • total: 969

 Number of subscriptions to electronic journals:

  • main SFedU library (“Zonal Scientific Library”): 38 resource bases
  • the library of SFedU Taganrog Technological Institute: 6 resource bases
  • total: 44 resource bases (over 20,000 titles of journals)

The library also houses a collection of rare and unique books and manuscripts dating back to 16th — 18th centuries, as well as documents and materials reflecting the history of the Russian revolutionary movement in the early 20th century. All of them are stored in the library’s museum.


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