The Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory named after N. Tusi of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences was established in 1960 by the decision of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. In the same year, the Scientific Library was organized within the Institute. In the beginning of the formation ,the library included scientific books on astronomy and astrophysics, scientific mass books, periodicals issued which were published in the USSR.

The SHAO Scientific Library consists of two large halls - a depository fund. In the first hall a reading room was organized. There is an exhibition of new books, periodicals, magazines, encyclopedias. In the second large hall, the general fund of the library, Russian, Azerbaijani and other foreign languages were systematically placed.

The library has 113 readers. 51 of them are scientific workers. Others are masters, doctorates, engineers and others. ordinary workers. The library has wide areas of cooperation and the exchange of books with such large libraries - the National Library named after М.F.Akhundov, Scientific Library of BSU, Institute of Physics of ANAS, Central Scientific Library which having republic value.

The library fund has more than 14,000 books, more than 2,500 magazines (21 in Russian, 23 in English, 8 in local magazines), 5 newspapers ("Azerbaijan", "Xalg", "Respublika", "Elm" and "Poisk") consists of ancient and rare editions, manuscripts, dictionaries and encyclopaedias, reference magazines and other special scientific and technical literature. The library carries out international exchange of books with more than 25 countries (with more than 45 foreign institutions and organizations), exhibitions, etc., participates in the organization of events.Library plays an important role in granting of the information of scientific researches in the area of the astrophysics and astronomy, both in printed, and in electronic editions.

At present, there are 4 employees working in the scientific library of the Observatory:

Director of the library - Abdullayeva Narmina Damir g.

Translator - Huseynova Tarana Ahmad g.

Librarians - Tahirova Lala Gorkhmaz g., Tahirova Bakhtila Sifada g.