2019 Doors Open Days at the National and University Library in Zagreb

Objavljeno 14.2.2019.

On 20 and 21 February 2019, the National and University Library in Zagreb will organise its traditional NSK Doors Open Days, as a special programme announcing the celebration of the National and University Library in Zagreb Day, which is marked on 22 February, the day of the publication of the first Croatian book, Misal po zakonu rimskoga dvora, whose original copy, printed in 1483, is preserved as part of the Library’s holdings as one its most valuable treasures.

Guided tours of the Library offered as part of this year’s NSK Doors Open Days programme will be organised every two hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00) and will include a visit to the Library’s four special collections (Manuscripts and Old Books Collection, Music Collection, Print Collection and Map Collection), Reference Collection, all reading rooms, the closed stacks, printing plant and binding division. All interested in visiting the Library as part of this special programme should apply online.

The NSK Doors Open Days programme will also include the presentation of a monograph on the drawings of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in the Library’s Print Collection (Crteži Johanna Bernharda Fischera von Erlacha u Grafičkoj zbirci Nacionalne i sveučilišne knjižnice) which will be held on 20 February 2019, starting at 13.00 in the Library’s grand lobby, and include an exhibition of original Fischer’s drawings preserved in the Collection. Drawings by this prominent Austrian baroque architect (20 July 1656, Graz, Austria — 5 April 1723, Vienna) were among the first leaves separated from the Library’s miscellaneous holdings to be included in its Print Collection at its establishment in 1919. Out of altogether 79 drawings, 62 were printed in Entwurf einer historischen Architektur, Fischer’s notable book widely considered to be the first well-conceived and all-embracing comparative overview of the world’s history of architecture.

The drawings, presented in the monograph in their entirety for the first time, represent culturally and scientifically relevant material of both national and international importance, while the accompanying details and information published as result of a century-long research at the Print Collection offer new insights into the work of this distinguished architect.

The second day of the NSK Doors Open Days programme will give the Library’s visitors the opportunity to take a closer look inside the magical world of the art of comic strip. A workshop programme entitled Inside the Comic Strip World (U svijetu stripa), organised by the Library’s Preservation and Storage Department and Print Collection, will be dedicated to the great Andrija Maurović (1901 – 1981), the father of Croatian comic strip. Scheduled to take place on 21 February (at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00), the workshop programme will include the presentation of the rich collection of comic strip drawings by Andrija Maurović preserved in the Library’s Print Collection, which is this year celebrating a century of existence. Apart from being able to learn more about how this valuable heritage is preserved, the workshop participants will try their hand at the relief printmaking technique, which they will apply in the making of their comic strips. The workshops should last approximately one hour and the maximum number of participants per single workshop is 20. All interested participants have to apply online, clearly indicating the workshop name (U svijetu stripa).

The NSK Doors Open Days programme will also include a special presentation of the Library’s services in the digital environment (NSK u digitalnom okruženju), and the Library users will be able to return all overdue titles free of charge.