The scientific library includes 11 departments: collection department, scientific processing department, department of native fund preservation, department of foreign fund preservation, department of rare and valuable books, book borrowing departments, reading halls, branch department, department of cultural work, department of information technologies and information-bibliographic department.
Interesting is the history of the library. Founded in 1852 as Krayova library it became the first public library in Bukovina and since 1875 (the year of Chernivtsi University foundation) it is the University library. Its total book stock (by 01.01.2005) includes 2.554 thousand copies. Among them: 1.215 thousand copies of scientific literature, 171 thousand of textbooks and manuals, 648 thousand of fiction. The fund of foreign books contains 376 thousand of works in German, Rumanian, English, Latin, Polish, Ancient Greek, French, Hebraic, Yiddish and other languages. At the department of foreign and valuable editions nearly 70 thousand copies are preserved: incunabula, platypuses, native and foreign oldprints, private collections of V. Simovych – professor of Lviv University, Ye. Kosak – Chernivtsi University professor, K. Raifenkugel – Chernivtsi University library director, Tomashchuk’s collection – the first Chernivtsi University president, archives of V. Simovych, Ye. Kosak, I. Karbulytskyi, I. Spivak and the others. The most valuable book dates back to the XIIIth century. It is written on parchment in Latin. This fund also contains books of Marie-Louise, the wife of Napoleon I, books of Franz-Josef I, university professors S. Smal-Stotsky, Ion Sbiera, etc.
The scientific library has alphabetic, systematic catalogues, catalogues for stuff use and alphabetic and systematic catalogues of foreign issues; bibliographical files – the main reference file, file of country study, file of university teachers, scholars, etc. the electronic catalogue started to develop.
The structural departments of the scientific library and its branches at the university departments are annually attended by 37 thousand readers. Currently the year book loan totals 500 thousand copies. The scientific library maintains book-exchange ties with university libraries of 24 countries of the world, in particular of Russian Federation, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Byelorussia, Rumania, Poland, Austria, USA, Britain, Canada, China, Thailand, etc., and numerous university libraries of Ukraine.
Acting Director of Research Library - Mykhajlo B. Zushman, Candidate of Philology
Deputy Director of Research Library on Information Technologies – Oleh I. Shyliuk
Associate director in scientific work – Nastasia M. Zahorodnya
58000, Lesi Ukrainki Str., 23, Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
(director) +380-372-524574, +380-372-584760
(Associate director) +380-372-584804
E-mail: library@ chnu.edu.ua
Library branch: Stasyuka Str. 4 c,