There are currently two OA journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).  As of June 2015, there are two OA digital repositories registered in OpenDOAR:

(i) Digital Library of the Human Rights Commission, UNESCO - Kazakhstan: This repository provides access to documents relating to Kazakhstan. Including Legislation, UNESCO works and Almaty municipal administration. The interface is available in Russian, Kazakh, Spanish, English and French.

(ii) Repository of L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU repository). This is the institutional repository of L.N Eurasian National University in Kazakhstan which contains the work of staff and students. The interface is in Russian.

There are no OA policies registered in ROARMAP.

Enabling Environment:

The Information Consortium of Libraries of Kazakhstan was formed in 2002.  Through INTAS there are links between Republican Scientific and Technical Library and INASP/ Technical Library of Hanover University, Germany to enable access to scientific journals and a partnership with eIFL-OA.

Potential Barriers:

Library services are at a developmental stage in Kazakhstan and there is limited OA awareness.

Major Projects/Initiatives:

Republican Scientific and Technical Library links with Technical Library of Hanover University, Germany and INASP to provide access to scientific journals through INTAS - International Association for the promotion of cooperation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS)

Kazakhstan is a member state of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) that has linked to SCOAP3: Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics.

Details of Key Organizations:

National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Overview: The library offers a digital depository, archive and library development function in Kazakhstan. It is a UNESCO Preservation and Conservation Centre (PAC). Communication: 010000, Kazakhstan, Astana, st. Dostyk 11, Kazakhstan; e-mail:  info(at)nabrk.kz

Information Consortium of Libraries of Kazakhstan
Overview: A consortium of 43 members representing 38 library institutions aimed to share experience and resources; work towards electronic delivery of information and professional development of librarians. The consortium have a number of funded projects in aspects of information provision. Communication: Information Consortium of Libraries in Kazakhstan, 050026, Kazakhstan, Almaty, 223-B S.Mukanova St., Kazakhstan; e-mail: i.solovyova(at)iclk.kz

Thematic Open Access projects/Initiatives

March 27, 2014 – With the support from the World Bank Country Office in Kazakhstan, the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan opened free access to nearly 9,000 World Bank publications since the 1990s to all library visitors. For the first time in Kazakhstan, the e-Library now offers full-text access to all books, working papers, and articles of the World Bank Research Observer and World Bank Economic Review. The World Bank e-Library covers more than 20 disciplines related to poverty, development, and social science including economic and human development, agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, climate change, natural resources, and regional integration. The e-Library offers a variety of tools and added functionality, saving users valuable time. Special tools and conveniences include personalization and exporting to citation software. 

Kazakhstan joined the World Bank Group in July 1992. Since then, the World Bank has become a major development partner with commitments of US$ 6.8 billion for 40 projects.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institution’s (IFLA's) Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Center has signed an agreement with the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan to create of a PAC Center in Central Asia.

National Academic Library in Astana, Kazakhstan launched a human rights digital library in October 2006 that offers access to more than 1,000 legal documents in both Kazakh and Russian.

Past and Future OA Related Activities:

International Open Access Week Celebrations:

  • 20 October, 2014: Workshop, "How to Create Institutional Repository" held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

February 2010 Kyrgyzstan Library Information Consortium (KLIC) organized a training session “E-resources for Science” for researchers and students of Kyrgyz Law Academy with eIFL -Open Access (OA) covering the benefits of open access, copyright management in open access repositories and deposit of research papers into the Science in Central Asia open access repository.

List of Publications

Urmurzina, K.G. (2002) Information Consortium of Kazakhstan Libraries – a possibility of consolidation of information resources within the country. Paper presented at 68th IFLA Council and General Conference, August 18-24.



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