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.
VMU Library has 545 workspaces, 187 of them are computer-equipped. Technical services are provided: copying, printing, scanning, binding etc. The library has 17 individual and group workspaces (73 work places), rest zones. Persons with special needs are provided height-adjustable desks and chairs, special keyboards, software, desktop video magnifiers for the visually impaired, and a Braille printer. RFID-based self-service facilities of borrowing and return of books are available for reader convenience. Using it, the readers can borrow or return books and extend the loan term. Self-service facility for returning books is available 24 hours a day outside the central library building.
Physical Library Infrastructure
VMU has five modern libraries and manages the President Valdas Adamkus Library-Museum. Vaclovas Biržiška Library (K. Donelaičio Str. 52) includes literature on humanities, which is essential for studies in the faculties of Humanities, Arts, and Catholic Theology. It also collects publications of foreign language studies (54,000 copies). Mykolas Romeris Library (Jonavos Str. 66) contains literature and documents for the studies of social sciences and law (25,000 copies in open access shelves). Vincas Čepinskis Library (Vileikos Str. 8) provides literature for studies of informatics and natural sciences (27,000 open access copies). Music Academy Library (V. Čepinskio Str. 5) contains albums of music notes, music recordings, and books and journals for music and music pedagogy studies (19,000 copies in open shelves). Leonidas Donskis Library (V. Putvinskio Str. 23) includes documents collected for studies at the faculties of Economics and Management and Political Science and Diplomacy (24,000 open access copies). Finally, President Valdas Adamkus Library-Museum preserves publications that were gifted by the President and Lithuanian diaspora (30,000 copies). Students can use all of the libraries regardless of the faculty in which they study. Half of all the library stock items are in the open funds.
In 2017, the university had access to more than 1,153,000 documents (compared to 781,100 in 2016): almost 387,200 traditional and over 765,800 online ones. The university has subscribed to 55 databases from 27 foreign and Lithuanian suppliers. The VMU community has over 593,000 full text documents available in 55 university-subscribed databases: 514,000 of them are books, 35,000 are journals and 215,000 are other online documents.
Online Library Infrastructure (E-resources and Services)
In 2013–2017, Vytautas Magnus University published 629 publications. On average 126 publications were published annually. Within the same period, the university also published 25 journals. Currently 17 journals are published. Since 2014, VMU library has introduced a modern system of scientific communication of online journal publications – Open Journal Systems (OJS http://ejournals.vdu.lt), which two of VMU’s journals started to use immediately. 13 of VMU’s periodical science journals were also using that system in 2015, 9 in 2016, and 7 in 2017. Since 2013, the university has been registering the Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) for its online publications. It makes it possible to identify unique publications and link them to a permanent address online. In 2013–2017, VMU registered 919 DOI numbers (i.e. on average 184 DOI numbers annually).
The originality of the students’ works and the university’s research production is verified using the plagiarism prevention system iThenticate (since 2012) and Urkund (since 2017).
In order to ensure effective use of information resources, the library make considerable efforts to improve the users’ information literacy. Students are offered a lecture series for all study levels: Information Resources in University Subscribed Databases, Refworks Programme (Information Resources Description/Document Accumulation, Storage, Arrangement, Sharing, Use in Studies and Scientific Works; University Repository of Electronic Documents, Vytautas Magnus University Virtual Library etc.).
Participation in Activities of National and International Infrastructures
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.