The fundamental library of the University is one of the largest University forest libraries in Russia. Its book collections reflect the history of forest science and forest education, forest management experience.
The library is as old as the University itself, they share a common history of more than two hundred years.
The University library is one of the largest University forest libraries in Russia. Its book collections reflect the history of forest science and forest education, forest management experience.
The first information about the Library dates back to 1803. In the “Provision” on the foundation of the Russia’s first forest school in Tsarskoye Selo (Tzar’s Village) it is stated: “At the forest school there should be a small collection of books on forestry of the best authors for the students to use it” It gave rise to the Library — one of the world’s largest depositories of forest literature.
A special place in the Fund of our library is occupied by the collection of rare books. It has 8000 unique editions of the luminaries of forest science of 17–19 centuries. Among them there are the first forestry publications and training manuals on special forest subjects of the famous scientists of the time: P. Divov, A. Zablonskogo, P. Perelygin, G. Hardinga, Cotta.
The Library houses the first editions of the works of M. V. Lomonosov, Linnaeus, S. P. Krasheninnikov, P. Pallas, N. M.Karamzin, G. R. Derzhavin, A. Kantemir.
In the mid-nineteenth century the Library fund consisted of about two and a half thousand volumes.
One of the most valuable publications in the rarities collection of the library is ” The Decrees of Peter the Great” published by the Academy of Sciences in 1739.
The size of the book is 25х19 cm, it is 10 cm thick.
In the reign of Peter I the need for large merchantable wood for shipbuilding, iron and steel industry increased.
It was these reasons that made Peter I pay attention to forests as a source of industrial development of Russia.
Almost half of the forest decrees, orders and letters of Peter I in 1722–1723 dealt with the regulations on logging, protection and rational use of the most valuable ship forests. These decrees laid the foundations of the system of state ownership and management of forests, established positions of forest supervisors.
Serious research interest in the history of forestry and forest legislation is represented by the following publications: Wrangel V. (Baron)” History of Forest Legislation of the Russian Empire, with the supplement of an essay on the history of Russian ship forests ” — St. Petersburg.: Printing house of. Fisher, 1841. — 153 p.;Shelgunov N. V. “History of Russian Forest Legislation” — St. Petersburg, 1857; administrative orders on forestry represented in the Library in the most entirety.
The most valuable Fund of the Library is the collection of forestry literature, a significant part of which is made up by Russian and foreign scientific periodicals. At present many of them can be attributed to the category of rarities.
Among them are: a full set of “Works of the Free Economic Society” (1765–1915), “Forest Journal” which is presented from its first volume of 1833 to the last issue of 1918.
Title pages of the first and last issue of the journal.
The reorganizing of the Institute into the Forest Technical Academy (1929) resulted in an increase in the number of students, the creation of new faculties, departments, laboratories. During these years the Library funds increased, the profile of acquisition was significantly expanded. In 1932 the bibliographic bureau was created. Initially it was used only by the scientists of the Academy, but then it began to publish the annotated index “Literature on Forest Industry”.
During the great Patriotic war the Library did not stop its work. In the hard winter of 1941/42, many Library employees died of starvation. At the end of 1944 the Library started getting prepared for readers’ service resumption. After the war Tamara Zuyeva became the head of the Library. She was at the head of the library till 1977. For many years she collected materials related to the history of the Academy. Thanks to her research we know not only the official history of the Academy, but also the contribution made by its professors, teachers and graduates for the benefit of national forest science and practice.
The basis of the library is its book Fund. Due to the devotee activity of many generations of library staff, a unique book collection was formed and preserved.