The Reference Center ensures close
links between the Library and the world by enabling the exchange of
scientific, professional and business information, and by supplying
the Library with primary publications.
The Center was founded in 1985 and it possesses a complete database
of Science Citation Indexes with records from about 6,000 best known
natural, applied and social science journals from 1945 to today
Citation Index, The Social Sciences Citation Index and The Arts and Humanities Citation Index).
Since 1980, this database is on compact discs, and from 1992 it
contains not only the bibliographic descriptions, but the abstracts
as well. Since 2000, this data base on Internet contains enlarged
list of over 8,000 the best world periodicals.
important source of information is the international host DIALOG to
which the Matica Srpska Library has an access and where it has a
deposit. It provides great opportunities for online retrieval of 400
of the most important databases in the world. Practically, it means
that there is no topic on which one could not find the latest
bibliographic information, mostly in the form of
In addition to this information, more and more
bibliographic and reference publications are arriving on compact
discs every day.
The Matica Srpska Library is one of the
co-founders of Serbian Libraries Consortium for United Database
Acquisition, that is electronic servicies, as well as the
acquisition of foreign journals in paper form (KOBSON).
to the primary text (book or a journal article), the interlibrary
loan system is used. The requested material is exchanged by the
domestic libraries based on a reciprocal principle and free of
charge. Our most reliable partner abroad is a specialized
institution of the British Library (British Library Document Supply Centre)
which acquires 30,000 titles from scientific journals in the world
where one can find almost everything he needs.
Since 1982, the Matica Srpska Library
takes part in the creation of an international database for
agricultural sciences (AGRIS). The more
significant articles written in this field and published in our
country are processed and included in the base to which 169
countries in the world and 37 international centers have
The Reference Center also processes,
stores and offers to the users semi-publications (scientific and
research projects in Vojvodina from 1973 to 1991, all doctoral
dissertations defended at the University of Novi Sad, domestic
patent documents and standards, documentation of UNESCO and FAO).