Library Unions and Associations

Library Association of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Library Association of the Republic of Kazakhstan, BARK - public association, first Librarian nonprofit non-governmental public organization in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Library Association of the Republic of Kazakhstan was established in 1996, registered in 1997. It combines library and other  associations, librarian, informational, scientific and other institutions.

At the initiative of BARK established:

Day of libraries of Almaty city - 15 October (the opening day of the First Congress of Librarians of Kazakhstan).

National State Book Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan

State Book Chamber of the Kazakh SSR is organized according to a joint resolution of Kazakh Central Executive Committee and SNK of Kazakh SSR from 19 July 1937 "On the establishment of the State Book Chamber of the Kazakh SSR". Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan № 270 from April the 6th, 1993, the Book Chamber was given the status of a national organization, it was renamed -  the National State Book Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The International Federation of Library Associations

IFLA institutions

The leading international non-governmental organization representing the interests of library and information services and their users.

IFLA implements a body which helps the worldwide library community to meet in order to  consider issues of international importance.

IFLA was founded in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1927, as official organization was registered after the adoption of the Charter, in 1971 in the Netherlands. Headquartered IFLA is permanently at the Royal Library in The Hague, Netherlands.

The main objectives of IFLA:

To support a high level of security and delivery of library and information services; promotion of understanding of the value and importance of high quality library and information services in the private, public and social (voluntary) sectors; represent the interests of its members around the world.

 (LAE) Library Assembly of Eurasia

Non-Profit Partnership "Library Assembly of Eurasia", hereinafter referred to as the "Partnership" is a membership based non-profit organization, which is established by legal entities in order to assist its members in the implementation of activities aimed at achieving the goals of the Charter.

The objectives of the Partnership are:

consolidation of efforts of members of BAE, in the first place the national libraries, in the preservation and development of the general library and information environment, national cultural heritage, providing access to its funds, including electronic databases, electronic libraries and catalogs, mutual enrichment of cultures, social protection and support for libraries, librarians and public associations and unions; promoting the development of librarian- informational activities within the CIS.

Российская библиотечная ассоциация (РБА)

Russian Library Association (RLA)

Founded in 1994,

Aims of the Association:

Joining forces, support and coordination of the libraries activities, library associations and schools in the interest of preservation and development of librarianship in Russia, representation and protection of interests of the Russian library community, enhancing the prestige of libraries and official status of the librarian profession.




National-Informational Librarian Centre LIBNET

“The Centre" was founded by two national libraries of Russia: Russian State Library and the Russian National Library in March 2001, for the implementation of Russian Libraries cooperation projects in the field of creation, sharing and use of electronic resources based on modern technologies

Official registration of the Center, as an autonomous non-profit organization, was held on April the 11th, 2001. The center is supported by the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography.

Objectives of the Centre:

facilitating the realization of the country's national library policy in the field of information; organization of cooperation in the field of libraries: implementation of the national formats of RUSMARC format and cataloging rules; bibliographic service; machine-readable cataloging; creation of electronic libraries; the creation of the Union Catalog of Russian Libraries (SCBD); creating authority files, assisting in the organization of cataloging technologies before publication (CIP); participation in the organization of training and retraining of library and information professionals in the field of information technology; organizing meetings and seminars on the issues of cooperation of libraries; providing access to the most important informational resources.

Association of Regional Library Consortiums (ARBICON)


ARBICON is a non-profit partnership, uniting the Russian libraries and information centers, which have became its members on a voluntary basis. ARBICON registered on May the  18, 2002.

ARBICON founders are:

Russian Book Chamber

Pushkin Library Nonprofit Foundation

Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnic University.

The aim of the Partnership is:

Assisting Russian libraries in providing better information support of users in the basis of implementation of modern librarian-informational technologies, modernization of management of the library resources, first of all, in  processing incoming literature, as well as the operational use of remote resources of libraries in the country on the basis of access through the Internet. In other words, further development of library consortia is seen as the main task of  ARBICON.

Interregional analytical list of articles (MARS) tp://

The project exists since 2001 and currently units  more than 200 libraries of different systems and departments which creates a composite database with the common efforts. Currently database contains accounts 1,700 magazines.

The features of the project is complete analytical magazines painting, the equality of all participants of the project, the use of uniform regulations and openness of the project. Any library can join the project if agreed with the applicable rules in it. The summary database does not contain the full texts of the articles.

But EDD project allows participating libraries to place the order electronic copies of articles for their readers.

UNESCO Library Portal

Consortium of European Research (Scientific) Libraries (CERL)

International Librarian-Informational and Analytical Centre (ILIAC)

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

International Centre for Scientific and Technical Information