The Scientific and Information Library Service of the Kazakh National Conservatory named after Kurmangazy  (hereinafter referred to as the KNK named after Kurmangazy) is the largest library in the field of musical art and music education in Kazakhstan, providing users with access to documentary resources of the national and world level.

At present, the library fund consists of 218,094 copies of printed publications (81,040 titles), including 43,457 copies in the state language, 116,806 copies in Russian, and 57,831 copies in other languages. The publications presented in the fund are diverse: sheet music (claviers, scores), scientific literature on musical art, periodicals on music, reference publications - musical dictionaries, encyclopedias, unpublished materials - dissertations, theses, scientific and methodological works.

The greatest value is the first musical editions of Kazakhstan, preserved in our library. The decoration of the rare fund is a collection of such publications as Zataevich A. "1000 Kazakh folk songs" - 1924, the manuscript of Zhubanov A. "Dombyra orchestra" - 1945, Brusilovsky E.'s opera "Zhalbyr" - 1935, Tschaikowsky P. " La Tempete" - 1896, Puccini G. "Die boheme" - 1897, Moniuszko S. "Pebble: opera in 4 acts" 1882. In general, the collection contains more than 2000 items, the chronological framework of which covers the period from 1896-1945.

On the website of the KNK named after Kurmangazy at the link: students and teaching staff were given access to the "Virtual Library of Rare Books of Kurmangazy KNK". The statistical data of this virtual library is high, since electronic full-text musical publications are available not only to students, teaching staff of the university, but also to the general public, to all interested parties.

The library staff has done a lot of work on digitization, restoration, binding of especially valuable and rare musical publications, and 1062 copies have already been processed.

The funds of the NIBS of the Conservatory are constantly replenished, including through the transfer of their own books and notes of the professors of the Conservatory. So, more than 1,500 books received as a gift from the personal library of our compatriots - famous musicologists-folklorists Alma Bektursynovna Kunanbaeva and Izaly Iosifovich Zemtsovsky (San Francisco, USA) became an invaluable and generous gift to the university. A. B. Kunanbayeva has been working in the United States for many years as a professor at the most prestigious universities at Berkeley and Stanford and heads the Silk Road House public organization, which promotes the culture of the peoples of Central Asia. In the scientific world, A. B. Kunanbayeva is recognized as an epic Turkologist and anthropologist specializing in the study of Kazakh traditional music. Izaly Iosifovich Zemtsovsky - Soviet and Russian musicologist-folklorist, Doctor of Arts. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the most significant and valuable part of the library is made up of publications relating to the epic creativity of different peoples. Including, epic anthologies and books published in the West, such as the great and valuable ethnomusicological work, in the creation of which Dr. Kunanbayeva participated, “The Music of Central Asia” (Indiana University Press, 2016), or the fundamental encyclopedic publication “The Middle East. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Volume 6" (London & New York, 2002). or the fundamental encyclopedic edition “The Middle East. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Volume 6" (London & New York, 2002). or the fundamental encyclopedic edition “The Middle East. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Volume 6" (London & New York, 2002).

Among the donated books are also works on ethnography, anthropology, folklore, history, cultural studies, philology, foreign ethnomusicology and Turkic studies, which are necessary in the preparation of future ethnomusicologists (Karl Reichl "The Oral Epic: Performance and Music" - Berlin, 2000; Janos Sipos "Kazakh Folksongs. From the two Ends of the Steppe" - Budapest, 2001; Mihaly Hoppal "Shaman Traditions in Transition" - International Society for Shamanistic Research, Budapest 2000). We can note rare editions of Kazakh traditional music published in China (“Kazakh folk songs” in digital notation; “Songs of the Kazakhs of Xinjiang” in three volumes, 1985-1992; “Kazakh dombyrashy from China”: a collection of kuis in digital notation , 1990).

A number of provided books are devoted to the history of the Kazakhs (MB Olcott "The Kazakhs" - Hoover Institution Press, 1995; M Fergus, J Jandosova "Kazakhstan: Coming of Age" - Stacey International, 2003; G. Krist. Alone through the Forbidden Land. Journeys in Disguise through Soviet Central Asia 1939).

Of particular note are the works of Russian ethnographers, which are of bibliographic value. Among them is a rare edition of V. A. Obruchev’s book “Grigory Nikolayevich Potanin” of 1947, or the fundamental work of the outstanding orientalist, ethnographer and archaeologist S. P. Tolstov “In the footsteps of Ancient Khorezm civilization” of 1948.

A large number of sources are associated with the cultures of the Turkic peoples of Central Asia, the Caucasus, Siberia, as well as the Mongols. Among them are rare academic publications on ethnography (Tolstov S.P., Zhdanko T.A., Abramzon S.M., Kislyakov N.A. “Peoples of Central Asia and Kazakhstan: ethnographic essays” in two volumes. Publishing house of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR , 1963). Editions from the series "Folklore Monuments of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East" with audio applications are unique.

It is no secret that many works of Kazakh researchers have also become a bibliographic rarity by now. Therefore, it is valuable to replenish many lost publications dedicated to Kazakh music. So, for example, another (second) copy of B. G. Erzakovich’s monograph “Song culture of the Kazakh people” (1966), books by B. Sh. Sarybaev, albums on Kazakh applied art by P. Margulan, all collections of kyuis by Aitzhan Toktaganov and others. In addition, CDs were sent with recordings of Kazakh zhyrshy Bidas Rustembekov (33 terme and the epic Körughly), Elmira Zhanabergenova, the famous dombra player Aitzhan Toktaganov, “An Anthology of Qazakh Epic Songs and Dombra Kyuis”, as well as the DVD "A Journey to Epic Qyzylorda", which was released in the USA and is still unknown to our performers and musicologists.

Another major contribution to the collection of Scientific and information library service was the Fund of the Union of Composers, which since 2003 has been in the Scientific Library of L. N. Gumilyov ENU. For two years, negotiations were underway to transfer this fund to the library of the conservatory, and in 2020 the conservatory received this unique collection of notes and books, rare publications from the personal libraries of famous domestic composers and musicologists. This collection includes 6342 storage units, including 740 printed music, 5602 books, magnetic tapes and records.

Today, our library has especially valuable documents of great scientific and historical and cultural significance - these are single handwritten works of teachers of the Soviet period, which must be preserved, since they are in great demand in the educational and scientific processes, and are a kind of scientific source for future researchers of music. heritage of Kazakhstan. In this regard, work has begun on the formation of a full-text collection: "Scientific works (manuscripts) of the faculty of the KNK named after Kurmangazy."

The Scientific and Information Library Service of the Conservatory provides its readers with the opportunity to use remote network resources - databases hosted on remote servers and accessible via the Internet.

To support the scientific activities of the conservatory under the national subscription of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, access to database resources was provided:
- Web of Science by Clarivate Analytics;
- Scopus publishing house Elsevier;
- Science Direct by Elsevier.

Students and teaching staff have the opportunity to get acquainted with the current literature of social and humanitarian disciplines in the Kazakh language in open access on the website "Kazakhstan ashyk university / Open University of Kazakhstan" .

It is also proposed to use remote network resources for scientific and educational purposes - databases hosted on remote servers and accessible via the Internet: - “Kazakhtilindegi 100 zhana okulyk”. - "Adebiet portals" korkem adebiet alemi. - "Kazakhstan National Electronic Library". – Open Music Library (ProQuest)

The KNK Library maintains and develops relations with cultural and musical organizations, libraries of specialized schools and universities of the country:

1. RSU "Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T.K. Zhurgenov";

2. State Enterprise "Kazakh National Academy of Choreography";

3. State Enterprise "Kazakh National Opera and Ballet Theater named after Abay";

4. RSU "Republican Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired Citizens";

5. JSC "University of Narxoz";

6. RSU "RSSMSHHI for gifted children named after Kulyash Baiseitova";

7.RSU "National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan";

8. Federal State Budgetary Institution "Russian State Library".

Within the framework of cooperation, the following are carried out: mutual library and information services in order to satisfy readers' requests for publications that are not in the collection of the libraries of the Parties, joint participation in the organization and holding of various events: thematic seminars, round tables, etc. The time of the pandemic has become not only a test, but
also time of development of remote service and search for new formats. In 2020, the university acquired a new library program IRBIS 64+, which includes 7 necessary modules that allow the implementation of all basic library technologies, including acquisition, systematization, cataloging, reader search, lending and administration technologies. The J-IRBIS 2.0 module was also purchased - a set of software tools for creating a modern and functional library website.