Celebration of the National and University Library in Zagreb Day 2018
22 February, the day of the printing of the first Croatian book, Misal po zakonu rimskoga dvora, in 1483, which was only 28 years after the completion of the Gutenberg 42-line Bible, is a day of particular importance for the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK). As the central Croatian library and a guardian of Croatia’s cultural heritage, the Library celebrates it as the National and University Library in Zagreb Day.
The 2018 celebration programme, which will start at 12.00 in the Library’s grand lobby, will include special addresses by the Rector of the University of Zagreb Damir Boras, President of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Zvonko Kusić, State Secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education Branka Ramljak, Special Envoy of the Croatian Prime Minister and Croatian Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Special Envoy of the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Irena Petrijevčanin Vuksanović and Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia Renata Margaretić Urlić.
The programme will include the announcement of the winner of the 2017 National and University Library in Zagreb Award, which is granted for outstanding contributions to library profession, and a musical performance by Elis Lovrić.
The celebration was ushered in by the Library’s Doors Open Days programme, on 20 and 21 February 2018, which is traditionally organised for the purpose of presenting the Library’s treasures and services as well as its vital role in Croatia’s culture, science and major social developments to its users and the wider public. During this special programme, guided tours were organised every two hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00) and included 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.