Another feature of the al-Farabi library is its unique collection of rare and valuable publications, which today numbers more than 13,000 unique publications (13,206), of particular interest to scientists involved in research. The most attention is drawn to the publications of the Cyrillic script. There is a rich collection of reference books (dictionaries and encyclopedias), including: “Encyclopaedic Dictionary” of FA publishers. Brockhaus and I.A. Efron, “Encyclopedic Dictionary Grant”, dictionaries and encyclopedias in foreign languages, as well as the British Encyclopedia (two editions of 1875-1902 and 1991), the total number of which is 948 copies.
The largest part of the rare fund is made up of books of the civil press. An example of a historical publication can serve as a classic work of world ethnographic and geographical literature (this one or several), – 531 copies. books.
Art and foreign literature – 1280 copies. books.
The fund of the library is also rich in books on history, for example, the Kazakhstanika Foundation included books related to the history of our Republic, published before 1917. Currently, the total number of books on history is 2058 copies. books (Historical Sciences, Historiography, Historical Studies, History of the USSR, History of the Ancient World, History of Europe and America).
In the fund there is an interesting in content and design religious literature – the Koran in Arabic, published in the XIX century and the Bible.
Interesting collection of books in foreign languages: English, German, French, Arabic, Polish, Korean in various branches of the humanities. Among books in a foreign language, there are such valuable publications as The History of Philosophy in 2 volumes of George Henry Levis, published in 1871 in London. Currently, the fund of rare and valuable publications in a foreign language has 2041 copies. books.
Readers of the library of al-Farabi can get acquainted with the rare in the room of “Rare and valuable publications.”