2018 Doors Open Days at the National and University Library in Zagreb
On 22 February, the National and University Library in Zagreb marks the day of the publication of the first Croatian book as the National and University Library in Zagreb Day. Misal po zakonu rimskoga dvora, a missal printed in 1483 whose original copy is preserved as part of the Library’s Manuscripts and Old Books Collection, will be at the centre of the 2018 celebrations as well.
On 20 and 21 February 2018, the Library will traditionally organise its Doors Open Days and in this way again enable its users and the wider public to take guided tours of its collections and get better acquainted with the Library’s activities and its role in Croatia’s culture and science, especially when it comes to the preservation and making available of the priceless treasures that it holds.
As the largest and oldest library in Croatia with over 130 kilometres of shelves, almost 3,000,000 items and more than 46 digital collections, the National and University Library in Zagreb makes a vital part of Croatia’s social, economic, cultural and intellectual potential.
The Library’s Doors Open Days guided tours will be organised every two hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00) and will include visits to the Library’s four special collections (Manuscripts and Old Books Collection, Music Collection, Print Collection and Map Collection), its open access collections, Periodicals Collection, Homeland War Book Collection, Foreign Croatica Collection, Official Publications Collection, as well as its Imaging and Digitisation Division and the closed stacks collection. All interested in visiting the Library as part of this special programme should register online.
The programme will additionally include the marking of the 2018 International Mother Language Day, as part of which on 21 February the Library will host a special concert organised in cooperation with the Institute of the Croatian Language and Linguistics which will feature performances in three Croatian dialects by notable Croatian musicians Lidija Bajuk, Dunja Knebl and Elis Lovrić.
Take this opportunity and learn more about Croatia’s valuable cultural heritage by joining us in the Library’s celebrations of 411 years of its existence!