Celebration of the National and University Library in Zagreb Day
The National and University Library in Zagreb Day is marked on 22 February. On this day, in 1483, only 28 years after the completion of Gutenberg’s 42-line Bible, the first Croatian printed book, Misal po zakonu Rimskog dvora, saw the light of day. It was the first missal in Europe not printed in the Latin script thoroughly documenting the social, economic, cultural and intellectual circumstances of Croats in the second half of the 15th century. The logo of the National and University Library in Zagreb represents a letter of the angular Glagolitic alphabet iže (the transliterated Latin ‘i’) and it has been taken over precisely from this 1483 missal, the oldest incunabulum in the Croatian language.
The celebration of the National and University Library in Zagreb Day this year will be held on Friday 21 February under the auspices of the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Josip Leko, starting at 12:00.
Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Dunja Seiter-Šverko will briefly address and welcome everyone present on this special occasion. The celebration programme will also include the announcement of this year’s winner of the National and University Library in Zagreb Award, which is granted every year for outstanding contributions to library profession.
Everyone present will be able to enjoy the musical performance of the Groovy Acapella ensemble.
Make sure not to miss out on the special celebratory exhibition put on in the lobby of the Library which features the most important, interesting and intriguing details on the Library’s collections and the Library itself (Jeste li znali? Iz almanaha hrvatske kulture) in one visually dynamic story told through some twenty posters.