National and University Library in Zagreb Day 2022
A special celebratory programme marking the 2022 National and University Library in Zagreb Day will be held on 22 February 2022 in the Library’s grand lobby, starting at 12.00. The celebration will again be held in the presence of a limited audience and be live streamed on the Library’s YouTube channel.
The programme will include addresses by the Croatian Minister of Science and Education Dr Radovan Fuchs, Envoy of the Croatian Minister of Culture and Media and State Secretary at the Ministry Dr Ivica Poljičak and Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Dr Ivanka Stričević, who will give an overview of the Library’s achievements in 2021 and present the Library’s strategy until 2026.
The celebration will traditionally include the presentation of the 2021 National and University Library in Zagreb Award, which is annually given in three categories, musical performance by the string quartet Secco and the creation of a mural dedicated to Vesna Parun (1922-2010), the internationally recognised remarkable Croatian 20th-century writer, the 100th anniversary of whose birth the Library is marking this year. The mural, whose finishing will be part of the celebration, will be painted by the students of the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts.
The National and University Library in Zagreb Day is marked in memory of 22 February 1483, the day of the printing of the first book in the Croatian language, a missal entitled Misal po zakonu rimskoga dvora. The Library’s logotype, the letter of the angular Glagolitic alphabet Iže, i.e. the transliterated Latin letter ‘I’, has been taken over precisely from Misal, the oldest incunabulum in the Croatian language, the date of whose printing since 2019 has also been celebrated as the Croatian Glagolitic Script Day.
There are currently only 11 incomplete copies of Misal, six of which are located in Croatia, and five abroad. Two copies are preserved in the Manuscripts and Old Books Collection of the National and University Library in Zagreb, another two are located at the Ksaver Monastery of Third Order Franciscans in Zagreb, one is part of the collection of the Library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the last of six copies preserved in Croatia is among the holdings of the Library of the Dominican Monastery in Bol, on the island of Brač. The remaining five copies, located abroad, are preserved at the Vatican Library in Rome, Library of Congress in Washington, National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg and Austrian National Library in Vienna, while its digitised version is available as part of Glagoljica.hr, the web portal of the National and University Library in Zagreb bringing together works of the Croatian Glagolitic heritage preserved in institutions all around Europe.