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City Library in Zagreb, Croatia

City Library in Zagreb
City Library in Zagreb

Name of the Library: City Library in Zagreb
Parent Organisation: Zagreb City Libraries

Street Address:Starčević Square 6
Postal Address:10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Telephone :+385 (0)1 4694 300
Web Address:

Type of Library: Central/ Main Library
Population served: General population, students, pupils, children and young adults, LIS professionals, etc.
Project Type: Conversion
Size (square metres): 2,560 m²
Date of Completion: 1895
Architect: Leo Hönigsberg and Julije Deutsch

Zagreb City Library departments
Zagreb City Library departments

The City Library is located in the very city centre, just a few steps away from the Central Train Station and a few minutes from the main square in a building Starčević’s House. The building was built in 1895 and the interior was slightly remodelled to accommodate the City Library in 1995. Departments and collections are situated on three floors within the building. Reference and Information Department is on the ground level, together with Daily and Weekly Newspapers Reading room, Central Ruthenium and Ukrainian Library, Bindery and a part of technical services. Administrative offices, Newspapers and Periodicals Reading room with spaces for quiet study and the Collection of rare and valuable books and manuscripts RaRa are on the first floor. The RaRa collection includes incunabula dating from the 1487, valuable editions of the Croatian and European heritage and many glagolic scripts from the 16th century. Second floor accommodates the Acquisition and Processing Department, Reference Collection Reading room with spaces for quiet study, the LIS Collection and Local History Collection Zagrabiensia. Research and Development Department for public and school libraries and Financial and accounting Service are on the 3rd floor. Two main exhibition areas and galleries are in the entrance area and on the 3rd floor, while other places are multifunctional and can be used for various art and music event. Music Department and Department for Children and Young Adults are adjacent to the main library building. The Department for Children and Young Adults was founded in 1950 as first children’s library in Croatia. It also houses the Croatian Centre for Children’s Book that in 1995 became the Croatian section of IBBY and the

Zagreb City Library Programs
Zagreb City Library Programs

Media Department.

The City Library cooperates with local administration, many cultural, educational and professional institutions and associations and other interested partners, while more than 50 volunteers are actively included in various library programmes. Main goal is to provide better programmes and services for different library users (children, young adults, people with disabilities, elderly, etc.) that anticipate and satisfy their needs and encourage social inclusion. Recently developed and implemented programmes are: Zita Reads – I’m Your Dog, Read to me Aloud (for encouraging reading literacy with children), 65+ (for the elderly), A book for a Roof (for the homeless) and Library Doors Wide Open (for people with disabilities, such as Let’s Learn About Musical Instruments programme for the blind and visually impaired) that have been internationally recognized (e.g. programme A Book for a Roof has been awarded with the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme for 2011/2012.).

Awards, case studies, further information
IRA Award for Innovative Reading Promotion (2001)
Charter of the City of Zagreb for 50th Anniversary of the Literary Friday (2005)
City of Zagreb Award (2007)
ERSTE Foundation Award for social inclusion projects in middle and South-East Europe (2007)
EIFL – Public Library Innovation Programme for 2011/2012


Name of the Library: Public library “Fran Galovic” in Koprivnica, CROATIA

Public library of Koprivnica, Croatia by night
Public library of Koprivnica, Croatia by night

Name of the Library: Public library “Fran Galovic” in Koprivnica, CROATIA

Street Address: Zrinski trg 6, 48 000 Koprivnica, CROATIA
Postal Address: Zrinski trg 6, 48 000 Koprivnica, CROATIA
Telephone : +385 48 622 131
Web Address
Library Email

Type of Library : Regional Library
Population served: 65,271
Project Type : Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 1060 m2
Date of Completion: 2003
Architect : Lenko Pleština

TedxKoprivnicaLibrary event in the Public libray of Koprivnica, Croatia
TedxKoprivnicaLibrary event in the Public libray of Koprivnica, Croatia

All the way to the end of the 20th century the Public library in Koprivnica was marred by its “tenant status” and temporary residence at various inadequate locations. In 1981 the Library finally got its own kick start in a place of its own, right in the town’s main square. It moved to a very own building, adapted to the library needs.
Yet, some 15 years later, librarians needed to expand and update the space, to accommodate modern technologies, new contents and services, and above all – new needs of our services’ users.

The second adaptation of the premises dragged for 7 years (1996-2003), with the Library functioning normally the whole time while the renovation was going on. When finally over, it gave to librarians and users more useful space in square feet, but it also gave new possibilities: the Library expanded its services with the new ones, and grew to the center of information, culture, education and leisure; a modern meeting place for all citizens to enjoy the town’s own living room.

The Public library in Koprivnica has been acting as the middle seized city and county library with 22 employees, 140 thousand media, 200 reading and literacy programmes per year, 125 thousand visits per year. Its aim is to improve quality of life in local community by promoting, stimulating and motivating reading and literacy on traditional and digital media, lifelong learning, using of cutting-edge technology, social inclusion of vulnerable groups of citizens. Its strategic slogan is Library opens to everyone . It is well known library inside and abroad on its social inclusive programs for the blind and visually impaired as well as for Roma people ; local community reading campaigns; Books for Babies ; Storytelling hours for Babies and Toddlers ; Green library program ; Health information programe; Information literacy training programes ; Digitization of local cultural heritage; Program Read on a different way – listen audio books; Read on a different way – borrow e-reader and read e-books.

It is the first licenced TEDxLibrary in the EU.

Roma children in the Public library of Koprivnica, Croatia
Roma children in the Public library of Koprivnica, Croatia

Awards, case studies, further information
Awards and recognitions:
“Pavao Markovac” Prize by Croatian Workers’ Union for promotion of books and reading among workers in 1979 (awarded in 1980)
Town of Koprivnica Plaque for extraordinary achievements in culture and promotion of books, reading and literacy (2006)
Koprivnica-Križevci County Recognition for contributions and achievements in culture and education (2009)
Dr. Ljerka Markić Čučuković Fund Award for special contributions to librarianship for the year 2009 (specialized education of librarians for services to the blind and visually impaired); participation in international programs (2010)
EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Innovation Award for „Jump in the train for a better world“ project of support to the Roma community by using ICT (2013.)
Croatian Library Association „Library of the Year Award“ for our innovative, creative and high quality work (2013)
„Our Children Society“and Croatian Society for Preventive and Social Pediatrics sponsored by UNICEF Office for Croatia Achievements award for the best program in 2013 – „Mini library at Pediatrics clinics”
The 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects for “In-house library training program supporting Roma people – the power of networking in local community” project (2014.)
Case studies
• “Library service for print disabled children and youth in Public Library of Koprivnica – an isolated case or a role model for Croatian public libraries? “

Click to access 114-krajina-en.pdf

• „Reading and literacy – a way to the social inclusive library“

Click to access 114-krajina-en.pdf

• „The Contribution of a Public Library in a Local Community to Successful Education of Roma: A Good Practice Example“

Click to access 125-krajina-en.pdf

• „From digitization of local newspapers to the portal of hometown cultural heritage – a step by step digitization strategy available to small communities“

Click to access 119-krajina-en.pdf

• „Digital repository Cultural heritage of Koprivnica : an example of local partnership“

Click to access ncd25052.pdf

• Green Library
At the beginning of the year 2013 Public library „Fran Galovic“ in Koprivnica, Croatia has started to integrate green topics into its regular programs. In cooperation with local organizations interested in sustainable development librarians have started to make a network of responsible members in society. Program consisted of various activities for all age groups to rise awareness to environmental issues and their importance for everyday life and the future of each individuals, their local community and the Planet Earth There have been held exhibitions of library collections, lectures for adults, workshops for children and adults (separate and together), storytelling hours for babies, toddlers and preschool children, movie projections with the same topic “How to prepare for sustainable future in small steps – what can I do?”. Most of the programmes were oriented on practical small steps and advice about what can we do in our everyday lives to contribute to sustainability and sustainable development. The programmes were organized for all age groups. The aim is to stress the public library potentials and its valuable role in supporting the quality of life in local communities with its resources that can help the community in creating sustainable solutions for the future.
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