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National and University Library in Zagreb
is the national library
A national library is a library specifically established by the government of a country to serve as the preeminent repository of information for that country. Unlike public libraries, these rarely allow citizens to borrow books...
Croatia , officially the Republic of Croatia , is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic in Europe at the crossroads of the Mitteleuropa, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. Its capital and largest city is Zagreb. The country is divided into 20 counties and the city of Zagreb. Croatia covers ...
and central library of the University of Zagreb
The University of Zagreb is the biggest Croatian university and the oldest continuously operating university in the area covering Central Europe south of Vienna and all of Southeastern Europe...
The national library was founded in 1607. Its primary mission is the development of the national literary corpus. It has around 2.5 million books.
NSK is currently located in a standalone building in the center of Trnje
Trnje is a district in the City of Zagreb, Croatia. According to the 2001 census, the district had 45,267 residents. It is located in the central part of the city, south of Donji grad across the railway , east of Trešnjevka , west of Pešćenica , and north of the river Sava...
on the Hrvatske bratske zajednice street, where it moved in 1995. The building is the work of renowned Croatian architects Velimir Neidhardt
Velimir Neidhardt is a Croatian architect.Neidhardt is a professor at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Architecture, former president of the Croatian Architects’ Association , and a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts .Neidhardt's most important work is the building of the...
, Marijan Hržić, Zvonimir Krznarić and Davor Mance, and its construction took six years (1978-1984).