Celebration of National and University Library in Zagreb Day 2020
On 21 February 2020, the National and University Library in Zagreb, currently acting as the seat of Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, is organising a special programme marking the anniversary of the Library’s founding, the National and University Library in Zagreb Day. Starting at 12.00, in the Main Reading Room at the Croatian State Archives, the programme will commemorate the date of the printing of the first book in the Croatian language, Misal po zakonu rimskoga dvora, the oldest masterpiece of the Glagolitic tradition whose original 1483 copy is preserved as one of the Library’s greatest treasures.
The celebration programme will be opened by the Croatian Minister of Culture and Envoy of the Croatian Prime Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek, after which the newly appointed Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Ivanka Stričević will present the Library’s achievements during 2019 and announce its forthcoming activities.
The 2020 NSK Day celebration programme will include the announcement of the winners of the 2019 National and University Library in Zagreb Award, which is presented in three categories – to legal entities, distinguished library professionals and the Library’s employees – for outstanding contributions to the development of the library profession in Croatia.
The precious incunabulum whose immense significance for Croatian and European culture is underlying every celebration of the Library’s Day, the first European book not printed in the Latin alphabet, is preserved as part of the Library’s Manuscripts and Old Books Collection. Apart from the Library’s two copies, only another nine copies have been preserved, four of which are also located in Croatia – two at the Ksaver Monastery of Third Order Franciscans in Zagreb, one in the collection of the Library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and one at the Library of the Dominican Monastery in Bol, on the island of Brač. The remaining five copies are located abroad and held by the Vatican Library in Rome, Library of Congress in Washington, National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg and Austrian National Library in Vienna.
A photograph showing a distinguished Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922) while working on his masterpiece presenting the greats of Croatia’s cultural history (Razvitak hrvatske kulture), in 1913, in Prague. Source: Print Collection of the National and University Library in Zagreb.