National and University Library in Zagreb Day 2015
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 and as such provides powerful evidence of the rather advanced social, economic, cultural and intellectual conditions characterising the life 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 (square) 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 Monday, 23 February 2015, starting at 12:00.
Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Dunja Seiter-Šverko will give a special presentation on this 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.
The celebration will include performances by Croatian distinguished theatre actors Branka Cvitković and Dragan Despot.