Map Collection

Objavljeno 21.2.2012.
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The NSK Map Collection was established as a special Library’s unit in 1945. Its items were collected through the singling out of cartographic material from the general Library’s holdings, legal deposit procedures, by bequests from distinguished individuals (B. Krčelić, the Patačić family, V. Gaj, M. Sabljar, R.Ž. Franjetić) as well as through individual and institutional donations.

The Collection assembles, preserves, processes and makes available all types of maps and atlases. Special attention is given to older and more valuable cartographic items, national cartographic materials and the control of legal deposit procedures. The members of the Collection supply users with information in the field of cartography and provide professional assistance for researchers and students in the preparation and writing of their papers, articles or theses.

The Collection holds all types of maps – index, thematic and topographic maps of all scales, road maps and naval charts, historic maps and charts, manuscript maps, astronomical charts, and all types of atlases. The materials in the Collection have been systematically assembled and organized according to geographical areas. Over 70% of the Collection’s holdings refer to the area of the Central, South and South-East Europe. Half of the materials represent the areas of Croatia. The Collection also holds the reference library containing works in the field of cartography and special librarianship. The Collection comprises nearly 40,000 maps (sheets), approximately 1,700 atlases, and about 400 books in the accompanying reference library.

Particularly valuable is the collection of old atlases: several publications by Ortelius, Mercator, Hondius, several publications by Blaeu (Atlas Major, Vol.8.), atlases by Jaillot, Marsigli, Homann, Lotter, Seutter, Bordone, Coronelli, 2nd edition of Geographia by C. Ptolemaeus, extremely valuable manuscript marine atlas of the Adriatic by C. F. Beautemps-Beaupre (1806), etc. Among the Collection’s especially valuable maps, the following should be singled out: Fries, Tabula V. Europae, 1522; Coppo, Histriae tabula, 1575; Hirschvogel, Schlavoniae, Croatiae…, 1573; Stier, Koenigreichs Ungarn, 1684; over 10 maps of Dalmatia and continental Croatia by V. M. Coronelli; Müller, Mappam Hanc Regni Hungariae, 1709; maps of Dalmatia and Istria by A. Zatta; Lipszky, Hungariae, Croatiae…, 1806; Mappa Dioecesis Zagrebiensis, 1825; road maps of Zagreb and other Croatian cities from the 19th century, etc. Especially important for the Collection are also manuscript maps, among which the collection of plans and road maps of Osijek and the Osijek historical fortress Tvrđa are particularly prominent.

The Novak Collection (Zbirka Novak) became part of the Collection upon its being donated to the Library in 2012 and its subsequent inclusion among the Collection’s holdings as a separate unit. It has entirely been digitised, and its maps, partially or fully showing Croatian historical as well as contemporary territory, originate from the period between the 16th and 20th centuries. The Novak Collection is undoubtedly one of the few, most significant and richest Croatian cartographic collections. During years of dedicated work, Drago Novak (1933-2011), The Novak Collection’s founder and original owner, compiled a cartographic collection comprising about 400 map sheets, 63 atlases and 99 book volumes.

All resources included in the Collection’s holdings are available as part of the Library’s online catalogue.

Use of materials
The Collection’s holdings may only be used in the Collection’s reading room, where users may obtain all the necessary information and assistance. The Collection’s services may also be requested by email or phone.

The Collection’s digitised resources are available as part of NSK Digital Collections web portal.

Digitisation of cartographic materials
Digitisation request form – NSK Map Collection.

Please send a filled-out digitisation request form to

Cartographic material in the Collection cannot be digitised for any other purposes than those of scientific work and research.