National and University Library of Zagreb

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Entrance hall on the first floor of the library

The National and University Library of Zagreb is both the national library of Croatia and the university library of the University of Zagreb . The NSK ( Croatian abbreviation for Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica u Zagrebu ) is based in the city of Zagreb and, with over 2 million volumes, is the most important collection of literature in the Croatian language .

The collection of the National and University Library in Zagreb and the Old Slavic Institute in Zagreb includes a. also the first printed Croatian-language book from 1483 , important old German-language writings and rare historical maps.

The current general director of the library is Tatjana Petrić .


Back of the library

The National and University Library of Zagreb was founded in 1607 as part of the Jesuit- run Neoacademia Zagrabiensis monastery college (recognized in 1669 by Emperor Leopold I ). Closely linked to the history of what would later become the University of Zagreb , it became the library of the Royal Academy of Sciences ( Regia Scientiarum Academia ) in 1776 and finally the University Library of Zagreb in 1874. During the 19th century the library also took on the role of a national library.

In 1913 she got a new house on Marulić Square . After more than 80 years, it moved into its current building on May 28, 1995. The National and University Library in Zagreb now includes six faculty libraries and looks after a total of 32 other libraries in Croatia.


About 50% of the books are written in Croatian. The rest is divided into 20% English , 12% German , and around 5% each of French , Italian and Russian literature . The particularly dense collection of German historical book holdings should be emphasized.

See also

Web links

Commons : National and University Library in Zagreb  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ NSK Organization , accessed December 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Walter Rüegg: "European Universities and Similar Institutions in Existence between 1812 and the End of 1944: A Chronological List", in: Walter Rüegg (Ed.): A History of the University in Europe. Vol. 3: Universities in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (1800-1945) , Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-521-36107-1 , p. 685

Coordinates: 45 ° 47 ′ 48.9 ″  N , 15 ° 58 ′ 39 ″  E