143-YEAR OLD TRADITION

 

The history of the establishment of the 'St. st. Cyril and Methodius' National Library is full of people and events that describe the building of the first cultural post Liberation institution in golden letters. For 143 years the Library of Bulgaria has been following the mission of the Bulgarian enlightenment by strengthening the national spirit and preserving the literary heritage.

Since 1897, when the National Assembly passed a Legal deposit law for printed books in the national libraries, the activity of preserving and bibliographic registration of the state publishing production has been officially entrusted to the National Library in Sofia. On 28th November of the same year, the Library already had a statute and a temporary Library committee was elected and hired to settle and open the Library. The birthday of the National Library (in the new style) is 10th December.

20 years after the founding of the Library in Bulgaria, a Law on the Deposit of Printed Works in National Libraries was adopted, thanks to Konstantin Velichkov.

For 143 years, library studies in our country have been a matter of honour for many intellectuals, enlighteners, men of the word, bibliographers and librarians. Since 1897, when the National Assembly passed a Legal deposit law for printed books in the national libraries, the activity of preserving and bibliographic registration of the state publishing production has been officially entrusted to the National Library in Sofia.

The individual types of documents issued on the territory of the country, which the publishers are obliged to provide free of charge to the libraries, began to form a collection that is inviolable and must be kept under special conditions in order to be preserved for future generations. On the basis of the law, registration in the current National bibliography of the country also takes place. During the bombing of World War II, most of the holdings already accumulated in the Bulgarian Book Archive were destroyed. Their recovery in the difficult post-war years proved to be a lengthy and not easy process. In 1954, the Council of Ministers issued a special decree regulating the acquisition of the missing documents in the National Library, published before 1944.

Today the Library's collection contains nearly 8.5 million documents. 'St. Cyril and Methodius' National Library is the largest book treasure in Bulgaria.

 


143-YEAR OLD TRADITION

 

The history of the establishment of the 'St. st. Cyril and Methodius' National Library is full of people and events that describe the building of the first cultural post Liberation institution in golden letters. For 143 years the Library of Bulgaria has been following the mission of the Bulgarian enlightenment by strengthening the national spirit and preserving the literary heritage.

In April 1878 the teacher and secretary of the Sofia City Council, Mikhail Bubotinov, proposed the establishment of 'a public library necessary for the development of Sofia in cultural and educational terms'. On 28th November of the same year, the Library already had a statute and a temporary Library committee was elected and hired to settle and open the Library. The birthday of the National Library (in the new style) is 10th December.

20 years after the founding of the Library in Bulgaria, a Law on the Deposit of Printed Works in National Libraries was adopted, thanks to Konstantin Velichkov.

For 143 years, library studies in our country have been a matter of honour for many intellectuals, enlighteners, men of the word, bibliographers and librarians. Since 1897, when the National Assembly passed a Legal deposit law for printed books in the national libraries, the activity of preserving and bibliographic registration of the state publishing production has been officially entrusted to the National Library in Sofia.

The individual types of documents issued on the territory of the country, which the publishers are obliged to provide free of charge to the libraries, began to form a collection that is inviolable and must be kept under special conditions in order to be preserved for future generations. On the basis of the law, registration in the current National bibliography of the country also takes place. During the bombing of World War II, most of the holdings already accumulated in the Bulgarian Book Archive were destroyed. Their recovery in the difficult post-war years proved to be a lengthy and not easy process. In 1954, the Council of Ministers issued a special decree regulating the acquisition of the missing documents in the National Library, published before 1944.

Today the Library's collection contains nearly 8.5 million documents. 'St. Cyril and Methodius' National Library is the largest book treasure in Bulgaria.

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