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VMU Library today. Facts and figures                                                                                                  Excursion round the library
  • The library occupies an area of almost 3181,44 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 accumulates its resources stock based on the University fields of study and research, taking into account the needs of scientific community and changes in study programs. In total, the library has accumulated 387,000 traditional documents and acquires 17,000-18,000 new traditional items each year. The manuscript collection has been accumulated since 2011.
  • The library collection boasts a vast number of electronic documents as well. The University community has access to 52 licensed scientific databases, which contain more than 765,000 electronic documents (e-books, e-journals, e-conference materials, and others).
  • Half of all the library stock items are in the open funds.
  • The electronic library, which integrates various University and library e-resources and e-services contains more than 207,000 records. Members of the University community perform around 3 million searches, download and read more than 1.4 million full-text documents annually.
  • Components of the electronic library:
  • The library 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, etc.
  • University 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 license agreements.
  • University Institutional Repository of Electronic Documents. The repository is created in order to implement the open access principles for 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 long-term preservation of documents.
  • University 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 which more than 400,000 resources are available.
  • Library website 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 Skype (vdubiblioteka), and Facebook (Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto biblioteka), which always welcomes your feedback regarding the services provided.
  • Information literacy courses are 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 are organized according to the University science and study programmes.
  • Virtual exhibitions are organized seeking to disseminate information about the University past and present events and personalities.
  • 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 allows users to order and acquire the documents necessary for their studies and research.