Historical overview

Objavljeno 16.12.2011.

1607
Arrival of the Jesuit order in Zagreb and the establishment of the Jesuit grammar school

1611
Founding of the Jesuit College with an accompanying library

1645
The library is housed in a special hall, it has a librarian and the rules are established regarding the preservation and lending of books

1669
The Jesuit College acquires the status of the Academy by the Charter of King Leopold I and becomes Academia Zagrabiensis

The library and its holdings are moved into an old building of the abandoned Dominican monastery in today’s 5 St. Catherine’s Square in the Old Town of Zagreb

1773
After the disbanding of the Jesuit order, the College continues with its provisional activities until 1776, when the library becomes part of the Royal Zagreb Academy of Sciences (Regia Academia Zagrabiensis) as an academy of law, philosophy and theology

1777
The library receives a generous bequest containing historical material from the clergyman Adam Baltazar Krčelić, whose written deed of donation includes his personal stipulation that this material be made available to the wider public

1816
The library officially starts gaining in national importance through newly introduced legal deposit regulations bearing on the University of Pest

1837
Legal deposit regulations are extended to the whole territory of Croatia and Slavonia

Antun Kukuljević, politician and the founder of the Croatian educational system, changes the name of the library into the Latin name, Nationalis Academica Bibliotheca, highlighting the dual nature of the library’s educational and national functions, which it has jointly developed since then and symbolically preserved in its name to this very day

1874
The founding of the Franz Josef I Royal University in Zagreb

Academy library (Bibliotheca Regiae Academiae Zagrabiensis) becomes part of the University and changes its name into University Library, which increases its significance and role in higher education

1913
With approximately 110,000 volumes, the library moves from the building of the present-day Rector’s Office into an impressive Art Nouveau Secession

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edifice located in 21 Marko Marulić Square, the first building built specifically for the purposes of the library; designed to house 500,000 volumes, its premises soon become inadequate for the library’s 2,500,000 volumes – books, journals, newspapers and the particularly valuable items of the library’s special collections

1988
The laying of the foundation stone of the new library building

1995
The opening of the new library building, the Pantheon of the Croatian book, on 28 May, as part of the celebration of the fifth anniversary of Croatia’s independence