The library was founded in 1870. The Ministry of Public Education, the Academy of Sciences, the Public Library, the Geographic Society, and the Main Headquarters of Russia, which provided doublet publications from their book depositories, assisted in organizing its foundation.
By May 1870, more than 2,200 volumes had been collected, which constituted the book core of the future library.
In 1948, the library was named after the great Uzbek poet and philosopher Alisher Navoi.
In April 2002, the library received the status of “National” – a multifunctional library, information and research institution, methodological center for all libraries of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
By 2010, the Foundation had 600 thousand copies of manuscripts and printed publications in the Uzbek language – the largest collection in the world.
The oldest printed publication in the Library’s collections is the book by the French author B. Erbelo “Eastern Library” published in French in 1697 in Paris — a peculiar European encyclopedia of all the knowledge of the time about the East.
In 2011, a new library building with a total area of 38,000 square meters was built, which includes 13 reading rooms, an Internet and media center, an exhibition hall, a book museum, a children’s room, a book room, a cinema center, recreation areas and a cafeteria.
Today, the National Library of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi is equipped with modern equipment and electronic means of working with manuscripts, books and other printed publications of the funds of the book depository.
Address: st. Navoi, 1 (Mustakillik Maidoni metro station)
Phone: (998 71) 232-83-94
Working hours: daily: Monday – Friday: 9.00 – 20.00
Saturday, Sunday: from 9.00 – 17.00.