Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 6, 2019, No. 2

The Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences:

The first Bulgarian research and academic library

Silvia Naydenova

Abstract. The Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (CL-BAS) is the oldest and the largest research library, established 150 years ago in 1869. Since then, the institution has seen several stages of development, key to which has been the objective of the purposeful and systematic building of a relevant national and foreign books collection of a high research and informational value. 

The BAS Central Library is the first research library with its own local computer network and website. 2003 sees the introduction of the automated library system ALEPH500, while in recent years efforts are expended on library digitalization. It plays a leading role in the building of the National Academic Library and Information System (NALIS) by providing access to its bibliographic records in the Union Catalogue of the academic libraries and digital collections of the NALIS Repository.

Keywords: Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, digital collections, international library exchange, special libraries, special bibliography