1 Mustaqillik Sq.,
Tashkent Uzbekistan 700000
Director: Rustam Alimovich Alimov
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-8pm;
Sanitary day: last day of the month
The Alisher Navoi State Library traces its history back to 1870, when it was founded by the first governor general of Turkestan, Alexander von Kaufmann. The library’s excellent rare book collection”with some items dating back to von Kaufmann’s original holdings”includes many valuable prerevolutionary books and manuscripts. The main collection of prerevolutionary Turki-langage newspapers is also housed in the rare book collection.
Apart from the main catalogue, there is a very useful catalogue of Uzbekistan-related materials both in Russian and in Uzbek located on the third floor, as well as a card index of materials on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Another separate catalogue indexes Soviet journal articles relating to Uzbekistan; ask for the “Uzbekistanica” catalogue