Belgrade University Library
Façade of the library
|Items collected||books, journals, newspapers, magazines, maps, prints and manuscripts|
|Size||1.5 million items (approx.)|
|Access and use|
|Population served||University of Belgrade and worldwide|
|Members||University of Belgrade and other groups on application|
|Director||Stela Filipi Matutinović|
The Svetozar Marković University Library (Serbian: Универзитетска библиотека Светозар Марковић) is the central library within the system of the University of Belgrade’s libraries, named after Svetozar Marković, Serbian political activist in the 19th century. It is located on King Alexander Boulevard, close to the Faculty of Law and adjacent to the Faculties of Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Architecture.
It is a Carnegie library built with the financial resources donated by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie via the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. After World War I, Belgrade was one of three "front-line" cities, badly damaged in the war, which were given a Carnegie library, the other two being Reims in France (which received a city library) and Leuven in Belgium (which received a university library). Belgrade's university library is the only Carnegie library in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Belgrade University Library is the largest university library in the country with 1.5 million items. It is the central library of the University of Belgrade, but it also serves as a base of all other Serbian higher education libraries. Universities, research institutes and other groups can become members on application. The library is well known as a national library owing to its extensive Serbian collection, but it also includes a wide range of international scholarly collections.
The Library was established in 1921, although it is the successor of the Belgrade Higher School library, established in 1844. The current building is home to the Library since 1926.