Library

Mission

The University library seeks to create and develop favourable information environment, which provides effective services for the members of the University community while organizing access to information resources necessary for learning, research and the acquisition of professional qualification.

Main library tasks

  • accumulation, organization, dissemination and preservation of the necessary information resources relevant to the University‘s profile
  • creation of comfortable and user-friendly Library infrastructure and environment for local and remote access to information resources and services
  • quality improvement of library, information and technical services and the initiation and implementation of new necessary services
  • improvement of user information literacy skills, analysis of their needs seeking to ensure successful development in learning, research and professional skills
  • expansion of the Library’s cooperation efforts, both internally and externally, participation in national and international projects, organizational activity
  • ensuring the competence and skills of the librarians, seeking to satisfy customers’ requirements; encouraging continuous professional growth in its employees

VMU Library today. Facts and figures

  • The library occupies an area of almost 3008 sq. m.
  • All library processes (acquisition, cataloguing, user services, information search and retrieval, statistics) are automated. Since 1999 the Library has used the integral library information system ALEPH 500 (ExLibris, Israel; from 1996 until 1999, the Library used library system CICERO made by Dantek, Denmark).
  • The Library collects its resources stock based on the University’s fields of study and research, taking into account the needs of scientific community and changes in study programs. In total, the Library has accumulated 353,000 traditional documents and acquires 20,000-22,000 new traditional items each year. The manuscript collection has been established since 2011.
  • The Library’s collection boasts a vast number of electronic documents as well. The University community has access to 46 licensed scientific databases, which contain more than 259,000 electronic documents (e-books, e-journals, e-conference materials, and others).
  • The Library renders services to more than 8,000 users in five library departments with 464 workplaces, of which 150 are equipped with computers.
  • Half of all the library’s documents are readily available.
  • The electronic library, which integrates various University and Library e-resources and e-services contains more than 190,000 of records. Members of the University community perform around 2,3 million searches/downloads, and read more than 1,6 million full-text documents annually.
  • The Library organizes informational and educational activities, including thematic art exhibitions and other such events.
  • Library takes part in programs, projects, organization activity.

Components of the electronic library

  • The Library’s e-catalogue contains a complete set of the library’s documents. Users can order books for reading them online, check the status of an order in process, extend the term of a book’s loan period, find out what documents they have borrowed from the library and the terms of their return, make sure they do not owe any late feeds, get updates when a check-out document they want is returned to the Library, receive notifications by e-mail, delay the return of borrowed items and so on.
  • University Employees’ Scientific Publications Database. This collection contains scientific publications by University employees. The database allows search, access, dissemination, and textual/statistical reports for the evaluation and calculation of scientific activity.
  • Information System of University’s Master theses, doctoral dissertations and their abstracts. The Electronic Documents (ETD), enables users to search and disseminate the publications based on the terms indicated by the authors in their licence agreements.
  • University Institutional Repository of Electronic Documents. Created based on the principles of open access, this repository contains scientific and study information (e-books, e-periodicals and ETD) that circulates within the University‘s academic environment. It also provides an infrastructure for services and enables the accumulation, management, dissemination, and preservation of documents in the long-term.
  • The University’s Virtual Library (VDU PRIMO) is an integral search system (based on one-stop principle) which enables users to search in catalogues and databases compiled by the Library. It also empowers users to access the institutional repository, licensed scientific databases, various libraries/databases around the world, and the archives in wich are available more than 400,000 resources.
  • Library portal provides complete information about the Library, its services, licensed or tested scientific databases, and news of upcoming library meetings, exhibitions and events. The portal is equipped with up-to-date communication services, including RSS for subscription of news and information updates, Skype (vdubiblioteka), and Facebook chat (Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto biblioteka), which always welcomes your feedback regarding the services provided.
  • Information literacy courses, designed to develop the University community’s proficiency in identifying, discovering, evaluating, and selecting necessary information from various information resources. The courses also provide ethical use and effective management training.
  • Internet links organized according to the University’s fields of gold.
  • Virtual exhibitions, organized seeking to disseminate information about the University‘s events and note-worthy personalities, both past and present.
  • Information technologies: the Library’s integral information system, internet (Wi-Fi enabled), e-mail news, and the e-document security system 3M.
  • Electronic compilation service, which allows users to order and acquire the documents necessary for their studies and research.

Outline of the Library’s history

1923 (January 1) – the founding of the Library at the University of Lithuania;
1930 – The University of Lithuania is renamed Vytautas Magnus University (the library becomes the Library of Vytautas Magnus University);
1924-1944 – the Lithuanian Institute of Bibliography collaborates with the Library, they publish the journal
“Bibliografijos žinios” (Bibliography News);
1926 – the publication of PostillaCatholicka (facsimile edition) by M. Daukša (originally published in 1599);
1929 – the publication of the manuscript Darbai senovės lietuvių ir žemaičių (Labors of Ancient Lithuanians and Samogitians) by S. Daukantas (originally published  in 1822);
1934 – the publication of the first volume of Istorijosarchyvas (The History Archives) by historian Konstantinas Jablonskis;
1937 – the renewal of Mūsų senovė (Our Ancient Times), a series of works about Lithuanian history;
1939 – the Library’s staff: 21 employees and 4 interns;
1950 – the Library’s collection reaches 400,000 items;
1950 – the reorganization of the University into Polytechnic and Medical Institutes. The library premises and the majority of books are entrusted to Kaunas Polytechnic Institute, Kaunas Medical Institute, Vilnius University, the Institute of Lithuanian Language and Literature, the Academy of Science, Kaunas Public Library and others;
1990 (September 1) – the reestablishment of Vytautas Magnus University Library.