About Library

Get to know history of our library and most important facts since 1923.




1923 – 1944 Professor Vaclovas Biržiška
1944 – 1946 Professor Vaclovas Biržiška
1946 – 1948 Vincas Ruzgas
1948 – 1976 Stefanija Užkurytė
1976 – 1991 Genovaitė Romanovienė
1991 – 2014 Genė Duobinienė
Since 15 December 2014 Dr Gintarė Tautkevičienė


1923 – 1929 University of Lithuania (predecessor of KTU) Library
1930 – 1946 Library of Vytautas Magnus University
1946 – 1950 Library of Kaunas State University
1951 – 1974 Library of Kaunas Polytechnic Institute
1974 – 1989 Library of Kaunas Antanas Sniečkus Polytechnic Institute
Nuo 1990 Library of Kaunas University of Technology


1998–1999 Participation in the user distance learning project DEDICATE (Distance Education Information Courses with Access through Networks) financed by EC DG XIII.
2001 In accordance with the program Information Technologies for science and studies (ITMIS) 2001–2006 adopted by the Department of Science and Studies, the project Concept of the LABT Development: Virtual Library of Lithuania was prepared by a team of authors.
2002–2004 Participation in the EC 5 FP project PERINE (Pedagogical and Educational Research Information Network for Europe in 2002-2004) together with the Institute of Educational Studies (KTU).
2005–2008 The library participated in two ES SF projects Lithuanian Virtual Library and Creation of Full-text Databases and Accumulation and Presentation of Lithuanian Science and Studies E-Documents to Users.
2008–2009 Participation in the project “Libraries for Innovation” (coordinated by the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium): teaching the course “Internet resources and new library services” and developing the course “Internet resources for library visitors”.
2009 The premises of the first floor in the Central Library were renovated and the closed stack of the Rare Books Department was modernised.
2009–2011 Participation in the project  “EMoDB.LT: Opening of the Online Research Databases for Lithuania” (coordinated by the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium):  the research “Assessment of Demand and Scope of Training Scientists and Other Researchers on the Use of Online Research Information” was carried out, training modules were developed and training sessions for researchers were held.
2009–2012 Participation in EU FP7 research project OpenAIRE (European Research Open Access Infrastructure).
2010–2013 Participation in the project coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania “Developing and implementing the models for HE students’ carrier education and carrier monitoring, qualification development and relevant materials for specialists in vocational orientation (Stage I).”
2010–2014 Participation in the national project on the Lithuanian traditions and heritage to commemorate Kristijonas Donelaitis’ anniversary of 300 years.
2010–2014 Participation in the project funded by the Research Council of Lithuania and the European Social Fund devoted for the development of international research database Lituanistika.
2011 Participation in the project coordinated by the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium “Let’s encourage Open Access in Lithuania”: videos created, a survey carried out, the scientific conference “Let’s Open Scientific Knowledge to the World” organised.
2011–2014 Participation in the EU FP7 project OpenAIREplus (“2nd Generation of Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe“). 2013 Seminar “Open Access Infrastructure, Legal Issues and Continuity Ensurance” was held. Subsequently, the project application for Horizon2020 was developed and funding received for the project OpenAIRE2020.
2012 The project “Open Access from the Perspective of Young Researchers” funded by the international organization EIFL was implemented: a series of seminars (“Open science: why does it matter?“, “Intellectual property, creative commons and open access“, “Why open access is important for researchers“) and the discussion “Development of Open Access in Lithuania” took place.
2014 Participation in the research proposed by the project LIBITOP (“Optimization of the Opportunities for the Optimization of Network of Lithuanian Libraries”):  research report “Research on the Lithuanian National and Municipal Public Libraries’ Strategies and Quantitative Performance Indicators” by Zinaida Manžuch and Gintarė Tautkevičienė.
2014 Participation in FP7 project FOSTER: training sessions are carried out for researchers in Lithuania “Promoting Open Science among Young Researchers: Challenges and Opportunities”.
2015 LMBA coordinated European social fund project “Opening of the Online Research Databases for Lithuania – Stage 2″ (VP1-3.1-ŠMM-02-V-02-004) carried out. “Continuous research on scientists and other researchers need for electronic resources usage” report was prepared by Gintarė Tautkevičienė and Zinaida Manžuch.
2015 In collaboration with LMT, MRU and LMBA KTU Library carried out EU 7th framework programme project FOSTER (Open Science Training for European Research) training sessions for Lithuanian researchers on open access “Promoting Open Science among Young Researchers: Challenges and Opportunities”. Project FOSTER training sessions were delivered to Lithuanian young scientists and researchers.
2015 Participation in “Horizon2020” project “Open Access Infrastructure for Research OpenAIRE 2020″.

Library history: dates, events, facts

1 January 1923 The University of Lithuania (predecessor of KTU) Library  was founded. The core of its collection was formed from the Library of the School of Higher Studies, and the personal library of Adalbert Bezzenberger, professor of Konigsberg University.

The Library was moved to the Main Building (now Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities).

Publication of a manuscript by Simonas Daukantas Darbai senovės lietuvių ir žemaičių, 1822, (Labours of Ancient Lithuanians and Samogitians).

1930–1946 The Library was known as the Library of Vytautas Magnus University.
1934–1941 J. Tumas-Vaižgantas Museum was open to visitors at the Library.
1937 The Library joined the international interlibrary loan service system. Publication of Mūsų senovė (Our Ancient Times), a serial edition of Lithuanian history was resumed.
1940 The Library had its branch libraries opened at the Faculties of Medicine (until 1950), Philology (until 1948), and Technology (now the Faculty of Chemical Technology).
1943 Nazi invaders closed the University and took over the Library premises.
1944 The University and the Library resumed their activities.
1946–1950 The Library was known as the Library of Kaunas State University.
1950 The University was reorganised into two separate institutions – Polytechnic and Medical Institutes. The Library premises and majority of books and periodicals came into possession of Kaunas Polytechnic Institute.
1951–1974 The Library was known as the Library of Kaunas Polytechnic Institute.
1953 A library branch was opened at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
1956–1969 The Library had its branch at Vilnius Faculty. Later, it was handed over to Vilnius Civil Engineering Institute (now Vilnius Gediminas Technical University).
1961–1991 The Library had its branch at Klaipėda Faculty. Later, it was handed over to Klaipėda University.
1962–1997 The Library had its branch at Šiauliai Faculty. It was handed over to Šiauliai University.
1963 A library branch was founded at Panevėžys Faculty (now the Panevėžys Faculty of Technologies and Business).
1965 A lending department was founded at the Machine Building Faculty (now the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design).
1969 A library branch was set up at the Radioelectronics Faculty (now the Faculty of Informatics).
1974–1989 The Library was known as the Library of Kaunas Antanas Sniečkus Polytechnic Institute.
1978 The Rare Books Department was founded.
1984 A branch library was set up in new premises of the Design and Technologies faculty (now the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design).
1987 Prenumerata – a computer program for subscription to periodicals was installed.
1990 Since 1990, the Library has been known as the Library of Kaunas University of Technology.
1992 The Library entered into the contacts with colleagues of the Nordic counties, West Europe and the USA.

Since 1993 the database Publikacijos (Publication) covering the scientific publications by the University staff has been exploited.

The Central European conference-exhibition on Information Science and academic libraries Information Users in the 21st Century was held at Lithuanian Technical Library. The University Library was one of the organisers of that event.

1995–1999 An integrated library information system CICERO (DANTEK, Denmark) was functioning at the Library. In 1997, the circulation module was implemented in the Central Library.

Since 1996, annual exhibitions of scientific and academic books of the international publishing houses have been held jointly with the book trade companies.

Since 1996, search for information in the world data bases became available at KTU Library.

A memorial bas-relief for professor Vaclovas Biržiška, former director of the Library was unveiled (sculptor Stasys Žirgulis).

The seminar Readings from Vaclovas Biržiška took place.

Konstantinas Savickas Reading Hall (sponsored by Konstantinas Savickas foundation) opened.

Since 1996, the Library computer catalogue has become accessible to users on LAN and on the Internet.

1999 In accordance with the project of the Lithuanian Academic Library Network (LABT), the integrated library information system ALEPH 500 (Ex Libris, Israel) was installed.
2001–2004 The premises of the Central Library (its 1st floor) were renovated, a contemporary Reading Hall was opened.
2002 The library of the Mechanical Engineering faculty moved to the new premises in Kęstučio Street, its Reading Room was provided with open access and computer-equipped work places.
2004 The new database Elektroninės tezės ir disertacijos (Electronic Theses and Disertations) went into operation.
2004–2005 The Library participated in the research program Development of Research by Applying Full-text Databases for Meeting the Needs of Study and Research Information (under Assoc. Prof. Dr Pranas Žiliukas) financed by Lithuanian Science and Studies Foundation. The library of the Faculty of Chemical Technology was renovated and an Internet Reading Room opened.
2005 The library of Panevežys Institute moved to the new premises, its Reading Room was provided with open access and computer-equipped workplaces.

The library at Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering was renovated: its Lending and Reading Rooms were incorporated into one space, open-access shelves were arranged, computer-equipped workplaces provided, and the security system 3M was installed.

The Design and Technologies Faculty library underwent renovation: its Reading Room was provided with open-access and computer-equipped workplaces.

2008 Data base Electronic Academic Library of Lithuania (eLABa) went into operation.
2009 The premises of the first floor in the Central Library were renovated and the closed stack of the Rare Books Department was modernised.
2009–2011 The premises of the Civil Engineering Faculty Library (the Civil Engineering and Architecture Faculty Library at present) were renovated, as well as the Library homepage; the open stack was developed and the security system implemented.
2013 The project on the renewal and development of the Library in line with the Resolution on the renewal of the research and study at the University renewal programme for 2013–2014 No. V7-T-6 approved by the Council of Kaunas University of Technology on the 28th of March, 2013  and the Senate Resolution of the 4th of July 2013, No. V-3-S42.
2014 Dr Gintarė Tautkevičienė became EIFL Open Access coordinator in Lithuania.
2015 Research information services department established, Cataloguing department reorganised to Cataloguing Group and merged to Acquisition Department.
Since 2015 KTU PDB records of Lithuanian research and study e-documents made available on Lithuanian Electronic Library eLABa.
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