During the years the library items have been organized in several collections to make them more popular and approachable, but also to accommodate and protect them.

            The lending collection is the largest in the Library. It is regularly updated with new publishers’ editions. The items damaged by constant use are also under renewal. Books in free-access area consist mainly of fiction books, the required reading, non-fiction, recent scientific and professional publications. In the storage which is off access to members there are items such as extra copies, books of less interest to the public, books in Cyrillic alphabet, books requiring special supervision and protection – rare and valuable editions, last copies of certain editions, reprints, books of non-standard sizes, books in very small or very big sizes and some specialized groups of books represented with very few items. In the Children’s department, besides the children’s lending collection there is a parental collection with selected pedagogic literature.

            The reference collection is for study purposes. It contains encyclopedias, lexicons, manuals, dictionaries, atlases, collected works of literary classics, valuable editions. It is also updated with serial editions of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and with art monographs which are separated because of their size.
            The reference collection in the children’s department is modified according to children’s ages.
            The Illyrian collection is the smallest in size. It contains books, magazines, newspapers and almanacs from the time of the first “Illyrian” reading room. It is evident from notes and inscriptions that Metel Ožegović was one of its contributors.  Part of the collection, together with the original of the Invitation for the founding of the National Society from 1838, is open for viewing in the daily newspaper reading room. The collection was initiated in 1968 by the visitors of the exhibition which presented its present items.

            Collection under protection is part of the former lending library and holds items published until 1945. It contains one copy of a book of every preserved edition regardless of the language and alphabet (Latin script, Cyrillic alphabet, Gothic script). From notes, inscriptions and ex libris inscriptions it is evident that books originate from several private collections. From stamps it is evident which libraries they originally belonged to (national, school, special) and how and when they changed their names. The collection was formed with the intent to permanently protect those items. Its separation from the basic items has resulted in a more rational division of space.

            Varaždin collection “Warasdiniensia” consists of items connected with the wider homeland area and people related to it by birth or work. Besides books, newspapers and magazines, there are also brochures, posters, postcards, photographs, catalogues… but also press clippings and articles from monographs and serial publications. Besides the printed items there is also a growing number of AV items.

            LDI collection (library science – documentation – information) was named after the related collection of the National University Library with the purpose of helping librarians in their everyday work but also those who are studying to be librarians. It consists mostly of magazines and books belonging to library science (books of rules, standards, guides, catalogues, bibliographies and literature on the history of writing, books, libraries…)¸

            Collection of books in foreign languages has been created recently by separating books in various languages from the basic lending library, due to the lack of space, to ensure there is enough space for the recent items. There are books in about 15 languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Russian, Czech, Polish, Slovenian, Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, and Esperanto). Besides fiction, there are also specific reference books and magazines.
            It is supplemented by a children’s collection of books in foreign languages.

            The collection of Zvonko Milković is a donation given to the library during the lifetime of the local poet. It consists of books and magazines, manuscripts, journals, letters and photographs. From his autobiographical writings it is evident where the books originate from and where he got them while traveling through Europe. He kept on adding to the collection with the press clippings which consist mainly of critical reviews of books and programmes he was interested in. The collection consists of about 2,400 items.

            The collection of Gustav Krklec was bought off in 1980 for the Public Library. It reflects the poet’s literary interests and  his many professional and personal contacts. He was working with books and magazines as a writer, editor, translator and book-collector. The collection holds his manuscripts, journals, photographs, personal documents, confessions, letters, postcards, pictures, and some of the items from his study. Up to now more than 6,000 items have been processed, while the work on editing the manuscripts is still in progress.

            The collection of Marijan Zuber is the last significant donation, given to the Library by the local musical educator. It consists mainly of music literature and sheet music. It is intended to become the basis for the future music department.

            The collection of periodicals consists of newspapers and magazines of mostly literary and artistic kind, but there are also those in all professional areas. It is supplemented by newspapers and magazines in other collections and also children’s magazines. They were published during the 19th and 20th centuries in different parts of Croatia (in Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Pula, Rijeka, Pazin, Knin, Korenica, Karlovac, Osijek, Sisak, Požega, Koprivnica, Varaždin, Čakovec…), in parts of former Yugoslavia (in Ljubljana, Maribor, Belgrade, Kruševac, Cetinje, Drvar, Sarajevo, Skoplje, Kumanovo…) but also all over the world (in Washington, London, Prague, Genoa, Rome, Trieste, Buenos Aires…) There is evidence that there were magazines published for mountaineers, chess players, coin collectors, bee-keepers, photographers, stenographers, actors, librarians… and teetotalers.

            The collection of film strips is out of use as it is no longer up-to-date. It has been replaced by a collection of CD-roms and DVDs. It is situated in both departments and consists of many various items. Children of pre-school and elementary school age are especially interested in using them, along with the smaller collection of AV items, toys, and board games.

Metel Ožegović

Baron Metel Ožegović was born on 4 May 1814 in Zagreb. He was educated in Zagreb and Pest and was a great follower of the Illyrian movement, which he considered to be mainly a literary movement

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History of the library

Founded in 1838. A lot more space than this would be needed if one wanted to count (even if only in note form) all our changes, plans (whether realized or not), objectives and attempts to serve our purpose.


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