Croatian National & University Library marking 412th anniversary

National and University Library in Zagreb (Photo: Marko Maras under CC)

ZAGREB, Feb 22 (Hina) – The National and University Library (NSK) in Zagreb this year marks its 412th anniversary, and in 2018 it saw an increase in the number of publications, reaching one million entries in its online catalogue, more than 111,000 borrowings and more than eight million views of its digital content.

“Our importance is enormous. The tradition of collecting written material is of the utmost importance because it makes us what we are and reflects our national identity throughout history,” said NSK head Tatijana Petric on NSK Day.

As of this year, February 22 is also marked as the national day of the Croatian Glagolitic script. The Glagolitic alphabet was preserved only by Croats who used it from the 12th to the 20th century, mostly in liturgy.

Croatian Glagolitic Script Day is observed in memory of the publishing of Missale Romanum Glagolitice, Croatian: Misal po zakonu rimskoga dvora), a Croatian missal, written in the Glagolitic script, and incunabulum printed on 22 February 1483.

NSK Day commemorates the day of the first Croatian printed book and which is one of the most valuable works of Croatian culture kept at the NSK.

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