The Department of Audio Publications and Sound Records
Head of the Department:
Seyidova Kamala Huseyn
Tel: (994 12) 493 46 60
The National Library of Azerbaijan started its
activity on 23th May, 1923. The Library was moved into its current
building in 1960. “The department of Music Literature” was
designated in 1961. Since that year, “Sound Record Library
”commenced its activity. Sound recordings, gramophone records,
books, journals and other publications about music are collected at
When “Sound Record Library” was established,
there were 1000 gramophone records at its collections. At present
its number has increased up to 30.000. Alongside with recordings,
books and gramophone records, there are journals, music manuscripts
of Azerbaijani composers and draft theatrical plays at the
The Regulation on “ Sound Record Library” was
approved by the Ministry of Culture on June 21, 1971.
New type of item- music manuscripts of
Azerbaijani composers were included to the collections in 1981.
Since that year, manuscripts are received by that department under
the order of the Cultural Ministry of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
They are registered in accession book and information about them are
arranged on the catalogue in alphabetical order.
The department has been receiving draft
theatrical plays since 2000.
The department was renamed “Audio publications
and sound records” in February, 2006. The key achievement of the
department is the reconstruction of the reading hall of Sound Record
Library. Upon the agreement signed between Azerbaijan and Japan, the
reading room was equipped with new facilities. 4 tape-recorders
connected with headphones on ten desks enables 10 readers to listen
high quality music simultaneously. Besides, there is a sound
recorder to copy gramophone records to compact disks. At present our
national music- gramophone records of composers, singers, as well as
operas, ballets and symphonies of world-famous composers have been
copied to more than 3000 CDs. Alongside with national music, foreign
songs preserved at the collections are also copied to CDs.
Under 2009-2013 State program on the development
of library-information field of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the
gramophone records of Azerbaijani classics are copied to electronic
version since 2009. A special section- “Sound heritage of
Azerbaijan” has been designated at the CD catalogue of gramophone
records preserved at the collection.
200 000 music publications, 2218 music
manuscripts, 2100 drama drafts, 30 000 gramophone records, 3000
compact disks, 10000 music books are in the use of readers and
listeners. The hall of “Sound Record Library” renders a service to
the students and teachers of music school, college, Music Academy,
National Music Conservatory as well as the others who are
interested in music. Sound Record Library is the unique music
collection of the republic as “the Archive of Sound Records”.
More than 7500 recordings have been added to the
Virtua digital catalogue.
E-resources of 10113 national music recordings
have been created.
CDs, gramophone records and recordings are
described according to “Unique Description Standards”: registers
gramophone records, CDs in the accession book; describes them
according to Unique Description Standardss: creats alphabetical and
User service duties of the department
of musical recordings on the request of the users;
listening of CD and gramophone records;
Description and catalogue arrangement of CD and gramophone records;
Furnishing CDs, gramophone records and sound records to the users.