The University of Kaposvár was established on January 1st 2000 through the integration of two earlier local institutions of higher learning, the Pannon Agricultural University’s School of Zoology and the Csokonai Vitéz Mihály Teacher Training College, and as their legal successor looks back on forty and fifty years of experience respectively.
In addition to these two departments, two more have been organized: Economics – for university level education – and the College of Arts.
The University Library is even younger than this, being established on January 1st 2005 through the union of the libraries of the two earlier institutions. The new library building was opened in the fall of 2005 and its opening ceremonies took place on the university campus at the beginning of December with the participation of three current or former ministers of education, Magyar Bálint and his predecessors, Pálinkás József and Pokorni Zoltán. The Library’s 1,700 square meters of usable floor space awaits visitors with nearly 200 thousand documents, 150 reading chairs and 30 reading room computers.
The user entering the University Library comes into the lending library section, where they are greeted by the check-out counter (for registration, a brief orientation and check-outs) as well as computers for searching the electronic catalogue. The work processes of the library have been automated with the Aleph 500 integrated library management system. The administration offices and work rooms are located on the gallery level above the entrance floor. The reading room and periodical room can be found on the lower level, where expert guidance and inter-library borrowing services are provided. Also found here are the storage depository and the electronic reading room, which has computers that allow one to access numerous Hungarian and international bibliographical and full-text databases.
The University Library strives with its up-to-date services to aid in the threefold work of the university – education, research and study – as well as in the self improvement of the students and providing useful free time activities for them. In these interests, the Library purchases about 3 thousand new documents every year and the number of periodicals it receives is nearly five hundred. In addition, access to national and international databases through the Electronic Information Service run by a national consortium as well as those subscribed to in the framework of consortiums from professional fields (e.g. economics: Econlit, zoology: CAB, Food Sciences, Zoological Records, the arts: Grove Art Online, etc.) plays an indispensible role in providing scholarly information for doctoral training and research performed at the university.
During the first month of the school year the Library provides training in its utilization for small groups of new students, beginning researchers (PhD students, etc.) and other interested individuals.
In addition to the opportunities provided by our own collections and sources of information available electronically, we strive to fulfill the demand for resource material through inter-library borrowing (electronic document services). In collaboration with the leading higher education, public and professional libraries in the counties of southern Trans-danubia, we compile an annual census of the periodicals received by our institutes to aid in providing quick and accurate information.