The Academic Library of G.S.Rakovski Defence and Staff College is the ancestor of the Library of the Military School of His Majesty. Unique books, donated by Tsar Boris III, are kept there. The Academic Library was established in 1946.
Together with the traditional, for the specific profile of the educational institution, materials in military subjects, the Academic Library has a large number of fiction books, encyclopedias and reference books, periodicals, as well as a lot of systems for learning foreign languages. Today the book-stock numbers 420 000 library units.
The Academic Library keeps a rich system of catalogues and card indexes. A process of automatization still goes on and an electronic reading room with 15 automated work places will be opened till the end of 2004. At present the reading room keeps an electronic catalogue of articles from the magazines, received in the Academic Library.
The readers are numerous and various. The Academic Library serves not only the lecturers and the students of the College, but also course attendants and Ph.D. students, as well as since January 1 st , 2002 - guest users who pay the service according to established tariffs.
Till 2000 the Academic Library issued the Information Bulletin for the new literature and periodicals' articles with enclosed annotations. The electronic New Books bulletin will restore it in 2004.
Today the Academic Library is a major information section in the structure of the College, a bridge between tradition and future.