The Library is rich in various types of information resources. Its funds stockpile about 106,000 copies of relevant print documents of about 32,000 titles for the readers to use. The Library funds are constantly updated and annually supplemented with new publications. New books of about 1,500 titles are purchased every year, and about 31 printed professional periodicals are subscribed. The vast majority of Library books are in the open funds, which store books according to the UDC classification.
*For information on searching, lending, and returning library books, see next page SERVICES – Books in the Library.
Acquisition of the Library resources
While acquiring books or subscribing to databases, the study programmes and the needs of the Kaunas University of Applied Sciences community are taken into account. Lecturers, responsible staff, and the Library cooperate to prepare an order. Relevant publications are selected by thematic librarians, who are responsible for certain areas of studies.
Newly received publications can be found in new book exhibitions organized periodically in the library. Lists of new books are sent to the college community by e-mail.
List of subscribed magazines and other periodicals: Lists of periodicals 2022
The Library programs and equipment
The library uses modern international library programs Alma and Primo VE to register publications, perform searches, perform accounting and lend books to users. The book lending period depends on the status of the book, its demand and the number of copies. Readers can learn the time of the book return in their account by logging in to the Library Virtual Library. The Library also e-mails readers reminders to their institutional accounts.
The Library has the RFID equipment installed for the use and protection of the funds. The readers can use self-service book issue and return machines.
The Universal Decimal Classification (UDC)
The library bookshelves have the signs with the UDC numbers and topics specifying the books stored on them.
UDC is a universal decimal classification, according to which library books are grouped depending on the topic. UDC’s most innovative and influential feature is its ability to express not just simple subjects but relations between subjects. This facility is added to a hierarchic structure, in which knowledge is divided into ten classes, then each class is subdivided into its logical parts, each subdivision is further subdivided, and so on. The more detailed the subdivision, the longer the number that represents it. The first number of UDC indicates the main section (e.g. 3 – Social sciences, 33 – Economics).
In the Library bookshelves, the books are first placed in Lithuanian, then in foreign languages, and then textbooks. You can see how the books are arranged on the shelves by clicking on the shelf on the library map: https://biblioteka.kaunokolegija.lt/map/
The information about books and other publications
The information about the publications and their location in the Library funds is available in The Virtual Library <http://ebiblioteka.kaunokolegija.lt>.