The library of al-Farabi is a structural subdivision of the Leading State Institution – Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi, located in one of the most picturesque district of the city, in a unique, beautiful student campus, known as "the ҚазҰУ қалашығы".
The library of the Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi started functioning immediately after the opening of the University in 1934. All activity of the library was aimed at achieving the quality of information and library services of educational and research processes of the University, focused on effectiveness, strength of the position, on correspondence to the image and reputation of the University of Innovative Type, accordingly, with the level of service of libraries of major elite universities.
2012 year is marked with a special landmark event in the history of the library - moving to a new modern building, which has no analogues throughout the Central Asia, equipped with new technology and communication solutions, which are harmoniously intertwining with elements of Oriental (East)style.
There were only 6 194 books in the library in 1934, as of today, the fund contains more than 2 million copies of books. From year to year, the library is updated with new editions. Information infrastructure of the library is presented with scientific work of the higher-education teaching personnel, textbooks, monographs, thesis researches, classic art and pedagogical literature, rare books, and manuscripts of the XVI-XIX centuries, abstract journals on traditional and electronic media and 300 thousand periodical editions.
Rare books in the number of 14306 copies are stored in the library fund, including books in Old Russian language - 11370 copies, in a foreign language - 2154 copies, books of unusual format – 782 copies, abstracts and dissertations, as well as very interesting books about religion - the Quran and the Bible and others.
The total area of the library is 17 856 m2. In its structure there are 11 subscriptions, classical reading room with the area of 1850m2 with 780 seats, Club of scientists for carrying out of mass events (meetings, debates, round table), a Special hall for Masters, constantly updated with new abstracts and dissertation projects, halls of periodicals, for individual work and group sessions.
There are private exhibition space of more than 1800 m2, 4 unique conference halls with 300, 80, 60 and 50 seats and the Electronic library with 270 seats, including the media area, work area with Internet, area for working with graphics programs, electronic resources work area, work area with personal notebooks.
There is a communication and relaxation area with a dining room with 75 seats for readers’ rest.
There are the Center of al – Farabi at the territory of the library, which is dedicated to the study of the scientific heritage educator and a Museum telling about the work and life of the great scientist of the East.
Today, the library is a major cultural and information center, which hosts the University scientific forums, conferences, trainings, events of international and republican level. The fact that no event takes place without its participation and without its bookstells about the current location of the library in the life of the University. On weekdays and on holidays, the Library of al-Farabi is together with the University, it does its best in order to fit the model of "Al-Farabi University Smart city"!