The Fundamental library of Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) was established in 1920 on the basis of Baku Technical School. At that time, its book collection included 6500 copies and had 300 readers.


From 1925 the book collection has begun to be replenished by a variety of books in Western European languages along with Russian and Azerbaijani.



As of 1940, the book collection of the Fundamental library comprised 111.967 books, 3544 patents and standards, 1087 technical catalogs, 447 works of literature and a considerable amount of magazines translated from foreign languages. The library’s book collection experienced a decline reaching 108.509 copies in the following years due to the fact that the library was sending literature to various institutes and cities of the country, providing humanitarian aid. After the country had adopted an order on the status of library work and its improvement activities, the library work saw a new development phase. Thus, the library received over 55 thousand of book, magazine and newspaper copies in the 1962/1963 academic year.


The Fundamental library donated a great deal of literature to the Institute’s branches in Sumgait, Ganja, Mingechevir, Shusha, Grozny Oil Institute and student construction brigades in different years.


Guided by the orders of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On library” and “On education”, ASOIU’s orders and decrees, order “On Exemplary Regulation of libraries in higher education institutions” approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan on July 5, 2016, and “Regulation of ASOIU’s Fundamental library” approved by ASOIU’s Academic Board on September 27, 2016 (Protocol No. 1), the Fundamental library currently strives to build the collections of books and other documents and create information reserves, provide their safety, organize and constantly develop a system of excellent traditional, electronic catalogs and filing cabinets, and bibliographic resources featuring those collections, present them to readers and meet their information needs.    


The library attaches special importance to the application of modern information technology. The library has been provided with a local computer network and internet access. Readers with portable personal computers can connect to internet from the library reading hall through wireless connection system. The Library is supplied with an Automated Library and Information System IRBIS64.


876 electronic versions of manuals, training materials and subject programs published by ASOIU staff members have been included in the Electronic catalog database (audio books) of the Fundamental library. These electronic resources have been made available for readers at the reading hall of the Fundamental library from October.


Work is underway to create an electronic database of readers as well. The registration of readers for the library is already carried out electronically. The total number of readers with library cards makes 6450 people. Thus, only in September and October 757 readers registered for the library. Of them 652 are Bachelor’s students, 98 are Master’s students and 7 are university employees.

The Fundamental library of ASOIU has a rich and universal collection. Here, there are up to 800 thousand publishing materials in Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish, English, French, German and other languages with a publishing history dating back to 1820s and reaching the modern era. Among them are unique and miniature books, manuscripts, various newspapers and magazines, e-carriers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, dissertations, abstracts, and other materials of local and foreign publishing houses.

On top of all this, based on the “Law on library work” and ASOIU’s order “On the creation of a constantly functioning commission on the exclusion of outdated literature from the collection of the Fundamental library”, publications, that are outdated in structure, no longer needed and impossible to recover and use, were excluded from the collection and given away correspondingly in 2016.  


Today, the library collection is continuously enriched and replenished by the following sources. The Fundamental library has been headed by Salahat Mahmudova since 2015.


The Fundamental library of Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University functions as an electronic information provider for its readers within the frames of the Library Information Consortium of Azerbaijan.