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NU Library strives to respond to the community’s needs and explore ways to expand its initiatives and programs. Planned, ongoing and completed public activities are offered for the community on different subjects and directions: educational, scholarly communication, informing, and supporting worldwide movements.



The project "InfoSauattylyq" is being implemented at Nazarbayev University library and supported by NU Social Development Fund.


  • contribute to the collaboration among higher education institutions in Kazakhstan in the field on media and information literacy (MIL).


  • October 2021 - April 2022 


  • Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
  • Kazakh State Agrotechnical University
  • Narxoz University
  • M.Kh.Dulaty Taraz Regional University
  • North Kazakhstan State University
  • Kostanay State University
  • Nazarbayev University


The project "SauattyKeleşek" is being implemented at Nazarbayev University and supported by NU Social Development Fund 


  • development of media and information literacy, and inclusion skills to school librarians and students in Akmola region.


  • January - June 2022



Open Access as a model for dissemination of knowledge at NU

Open Access movement at Nazarbayev University strives to increase visibility of research, preserve and forge the intellectual potential, and ultimately advance Kazakhstan as a research and innovation-oriented country.

The NU Academic Council members unanimously passed the Open Access Policy on March 20, 2019. This framework supporting open and sustainable scholarly communication will go into effect in Fall 2020 and apply to all authors affiliated with the University

Download OA Policy 


OA Week

International Open Access Week is an annual week-long event to support the importance of OA as a model for knowledge dissemination. Celebrating OA Week at NU we provide opportunity for faculty, students and researchers to learn about ongoing scholarly communication issues and initiatives, to highlight NUR services that help promote open access and sustainable scholarly communication.

Celebration of OAW 

Supporting lifelong learning and advancing competency and skills necessary for students’ coursework, research, professional career, education, and personal information needs


The Nazarbayev University (NU) Library and Information Literacy (LILY) Program was launched in 2018 to achieve student success across all schools of the university. The mission of the NU Library's Information Literacy Program is to develop active lifelong learners and critical thinkers in the community. The program will help them improve their abilities to search, access, evaluate, apply, and acknowledge the right information they need.

MIL Week

In continuing our efforts to foster Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev University Library joins the global movement in October to commemorate the annual MIL Week celebration led by UNESCO. Our partners are NU Integrity Project and Libraries from across Kazakhstani Universities. We aim to

  • develop participants' Media and Information Literacy skills;
  • foster cooperation between Kazakhstani Higher Education Institutions in the field;
  • strengthen the role of Academic Integrity in education and research;
  • explain the risks involved in misinformation;
  • promote MIL as a transversal and lifelong learning skill.

We bring together stakeholders MIL practitioners, local media, policymakers, students, teachers etc. and discuss the primary role of information and media in our lives. The program includes on-site and online events, contests, quizzes, InfoLitRace, MIL Day celebration and much more.

Events, technologies and guides in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at Nazarbayev University

Besides offering state-of-art resources and services, the NU Library strives to create a venue for knowledge-sharing and discussion on inclusive education in the NU community and beyond. In line with this, the library regularly hosts thematic events and develops its outreach programs including assistive technologies trainings, disability-friendly communication workshops, and presentations of prominent books on inclusive education.

Our Events 

Welcoming the children to engage in activities and motivate to study achievements

Every year we invite children of low-income families and orphans to celebrate International Children’s Book Day. The program aims to inspire a love of reading and calls attention to books among a new generation of children and teenagers. The objectives of the Future Generation program are as follow:

  • to discover the value of books and reading;
  • to encourage participation in reading and creative activity;
  • to promote literacy, educate and encourage children to exercise their mind and bring imagination to life.

Joining a worldwide movement for social change through conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices

The Human Library is a worldwide movement for social change designed to build a positive framework for conversations that

  • can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialog;
  • provides a place where real people are on loan to readers;
  • is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

Nazarbayev University Human Libraries started on March 30, 2016, and became a regular event. So far, we were able to invite people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+, young women in science among others.

On-site events introducing library resources and services

Since 2011 we go beyond the library building, in places where NU community live and hangout to showcase our resources and services.

The objectives of the program include:

  • facilitating "ask a librarian" approach introducing and promote the Library to new students, faculty and staff
  • providing on-site one-on-one reference help, database orientation, and answering to any research-related questions
  • talking about Library use policies
  • increasing awareness about the library programs and inviting to collaborate on projects.

The annual celebration of Week of Women (WoW) dedicated to the International Women’s day

The month of March commemorates the Women’s History month and International Women's Day (IWD) which is celebrated globally every March 8 since 1913. WoW is a week-long celebration of the contributions women have made, and are making, in society.

This program in collaboration with Consortium of Gender Scholars aims to:

  • Build a gender-balanced world by increasing the awareness on the role and achievements of women;
  • Strengthen gender equality and promoting women’s rights through panel discussions;
  • Promote inclusive and quality education for all sharing ideas to forge women’s advancement.

NU Library in partnership with the NU Health & Wellness Center organize Stress Relief Week annually. This initiative aims to provide psychological support to students before the beginning of the examination period.

The program highlights an adapted art zone in the library created to relieve mental and emotional stress brought by academic pressures and other factors through various activities such as coloring activities for adults, painting, and board games among others.


  • To provide psychological support for the students before the beginning of the examination period.
  • To provide some sense of relief from mental and emotional stresses brought by academic pressures and other factors through various de-stressing activities.
  • To stimulate students’ enthusiasm towards learning and studying despite pressures and stresses as they prepare for the exam.

See also: Read Well, Live Well Collection guide about helpful resources on various wellbeing topics.

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