Our library is interesting not only from an historical point of view, but also because it is unique. The building contains the Book Museum and the library's fund numbers about three thousand copies! The pride of the department of old books are rare editions of works by Shakespeare and Tolstoy, as well as perfectly illustrated collections of "Life of the Sea" (1896), "Our Ballet" (1899), "Kashgariya and the passes of the Tien Shan" (1888), and many more. Many books stem from the private prerevolutionary collections of famous historical figures who lived and worked in the Issyk Kul area - Y. Korolkova, N. Barsov, N. Przhevalsky, A. Mikhailov, P. Kozlov, V. Roborovsky, B. Kaplun and S. Benediktov. It is from these heavy, leather-bound book donations that the present regional library was formed in the far 1902.