Scientific library of Satbayev University is one of the largest academic libraries in Kazakhstan. It has more than 2 million books in its funds, including the great examples of literature and rare editions of XVI-XIX centuries.
Satbayev University and its Library were both established in September 22, 1934 on the basis of the Semipalatinsk geological exploration technical college. A.I. Zaozersky was appointed as the first head of the library. At first, the fund was very small; by the end of 1934, there were only 8,692 books in the library and two employees. The books were issued according to the order of the chairs, one book for 10 people.
However time went on and the fund was replenished with textbooks and teaching aids, and since 1955 the publications of the Ministries of black, non-ferrous metallurgy and coal industry of Kazakhstan began to enter the library. The library was assisted by the leading universities of the USSR and the largest scientists who donated books. In the 50-60's, the library received books on geology, mining from personal libraries. Favorsky, V.K. Monich, K.G. Voinovsky-Krieger, A.V. Brickin; many of them are among the rare editions.
Soon the library Satbayev University became the center of scientific, technical thought, a source of knowledge and information for scientists and students. On its books more than one generation of specialists and engineers have grown, hundreds studies and new books originated within its walls.
Nowadays the Scientific Library has 8 subscriptions, 10 reading rooms for 1650 people and computer rooms with 500 seats. The library is updated with new books every year and is subscribed to over 500 Kazakhstan and Russian periodicals. The library constantly expands international relations and conducts book exchange with university libraries of the CIS and far abroad. Since 2009, work has been underway to create an Electronic Library, the fund of which amounts to over 14,700 documents.
In the Scientific Library, more than 17 thousand readers are not only students, but also the faculty, researchers and other employees of the university. Every year the Scientific Library registers more than 600 thousand visits, gives up to 1 million copies, books, magazines, newspapers. More than 40 thousand people visit the electronic library.
In 1997 the Scientific Library became a methodological center for libraries of technical educational institutions of the republic; in 2015, the library took the first place in terms of the number of bibliographic descriptions transferred to the RMEB and active references to the scientific work of the teaching staff. Scientific Library of Satbayev University is a member of the Association of Libraries of Higher Educational Institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a member of the Information Consortium of Libraries of Kazakhstan.