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Library Orientation: Find & Borrow

An Overview of Library Services and Resources

The library contains the largest print and media collection of English language literature in Kazakhstan. It also houses print materials in various languages namely Russian, Kazakh, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean among others. 

The library has a wide range of materials serving seven schools and one foundation center. It also caters to the scientists and researchers on campus. The print and media collections include the following items.




(AS OF 2021)

Audiobook 2nd floor  

Audiovisual (CD/DVD)

2nd floor (Media Room) 3,000+
Board Games 3rd floor  
Books / Textbooks 1st - 3rd floor 174, 000+
Maps 3rd floor 60+
Microfiche 2nd floor (Media Room) 7,000+
Periodicals 3rd floor 42

In catalog

  • With the search box on the Library homepage, find sources by keyword, author, title, subject or ISBN. Use our How to search libguide for more details.
  • Apply filter Held by library.
  • Check the results for
    • The number of copies available;
    • Call Number and location.


On the shelves

With the call number in hand, go to the indicated room to find your books. Check FAQ on books location and find the library maps.

Read the call number from left to right by sections. Find the letters first then the whole number next to it, followed by the letter and number combination, and the year in the end. 

                                                               LCC structure. Letter - General Subject. Numbers - Specific Subject. Author, Title  information, year of publication.

Books are arranged by subject. This means that when you find a book you may find other relevant books next to it. If you cannot find a book, Ask A Librarian!



The library provides access to a wide range of online research databases that includes thousands of full-text articles, books, newspapers, images on every subject, and topic you may study or research. Find the full list of resources on A-Z databases page. 

A-Z page interface

Off Campus

Off-campus access to articles, online journals, and ebooks is possible through the library website 24/7.

Access to online resources requires using your NU credentials (same username and password to access/ Moodle). Don't remember Credentials? Find the link to reset the password.


You may start with general discovery on the main library page.



The results list could have more than one million hits and will be displayed on the special website - Primo! Visit our Getting Started with Primo guide to learn its navigation and features.


What if NU Library doesn't have what you need? - Request documents to be delivered to you via Interlibrary Loan Service.


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Keep in Mind

  1. Bring your active ID card with you when you come to the library to borrow materials
  2. Make sure you don't have any overdue items on your account, check the FAQ for help.
  3. Use self station to borrow or return the books.
  4. Feel free to ask the librarian at the circulation desk for help if you need any!




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