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Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences              University of Belgrade

About the Library

 

 

The Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science Library was established in 1948, at the same time as the Institute itself. Professor Pavle Savic, a famous Serbian scientist and founder of the Institute, imported about one hundred books from France and established the first collection of books, magazines, dictionaries and encyclopedias. Today's Library collections include more than 35500 books (monographs). The oldest book in our Library is Isaac Newton's Phylosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, printed in 1723. This book was digitalized and promoted in 2011 on the 56th Book Fair by the Center for the Promotion of Science.
 

Our Library includes about 1550 professional journals in the field of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electronics, Metallurgy, Ceramics and Nuclear, Mechanical and Electrical engineering. We also have a number of general journals (like Science, Nature, etc.) and popular science magazines (like Scientific American, etc.). The oldest journal issues, Annalen der Physik, date back to 1874.

 

The purchase policy of our Library is adjusted to the researchers' needs and is organized through the Library Users Council which belongs to the Institute Scientific Council. The Vinca Library is involved in all publications of the Institute of Nuclear Science. Until recently the Library was involved as a member of the editorial board for the three current scientific journals (two of the journals are established as scientific and included into the ISI list: ''Thermal Science and Nuclear Technology'' and ''Radiation Protection'').

 

In the early nineties of the last century, the Library started providing an electronic database independently “Current Contents” by publisher The Institute for Scientific Information from Philadelphia, USA. Some of the first electronic issues, at the beginning on floppy drives and later on  compact disks, were the only ones in the country. During 1995, the development of the electronic database has continued and the Library began using an electronic catalogue based on the programme ''Pergam''. Since 2006, the Vinca Library is included into the Co-operative Online Bibliographic Systems and Services (COBISS).

 

From 1999 to date, the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) centre is placed in our Library, where processing of bibliographic units (from domestic journal papers and conference presentations) is performed. Because of that, our Library has an access to the INIS database as a part of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) centered in Vienna. The INIS database contains over 3.5 million bibliographic units and incorporates full journal and conference proceedings papers in the area of peaceful application of the nuclear energy for all members of the INIS (129 countries and 24 organizations). From 2010 free access to this database is established over the Internet.

 

The Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science Library has a valuable collaboration with other institutions, especially with the University Library "Svetozar Markovic" (UBSM) as a central library within the system of the University of Belgrade's libraries.
Our Library provides for its members a free access to the entire UBSM fund, based on collective membership updated annually.

 

In addition to this, through the document delivery service (SUBITO) at the UBSM, all researchers are able to borrow international journals and books. A frequent collaboration is also established with the Matica Srpska Library from Novi Sad, producing a common publication: ''Citation of Papers of PhD researchers from the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science in the Science Citation Index''.
Our Library has a very close relationship with the Department of Scientific information in National Library of Serbia as well. Specifically, over 35000 scientific international journals and 90000 full books (System Ebrary) are readily accessible through the Consortium of Serbian Libraries for Coordinated Acquisition (KoBSON). Most of the researchers from the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science have a protected access to these services from their homes as well.

 

At the moment, the Vinca Library employs only 4 librarians (compared to about thirty years ago when the library had twelve librarians) who serve more than 400 researchers every day. Librarians are retrained regularly through various courses related to library and information science. The library has its own link on the Institute of Nuclear Science website and is equipped with a modern network of computers and high speed Internet (connected via Academic Network of Serbia) as well as other equipment (printers, scanners and photocopiers).

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