|Biblioteka e Durrësit|
|Established||11 September 1945|
|Items collected||books, journals, newspapers, magazines, maps, atlases|
The city of Durrës is thought to have been at the library and the Odeon since the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. "When it comes to libraries within the Roman Empire could not mention public libraries that existed in the city of Dyrrachium, modern Durrës ....". "In the 13th and 14th century inaugurated a generalis-a driving-ie, a medieval university city of Durres. It is understood that this institution can not exist without his library. Monastery of St. Dominic in Durres to the 15th century had a library and many valuable relics, which were set by the Ottoman invasion risk to Ragusa...".
The years 1945-1990 after World War II, the power of that time, had on the development strategy and the establishment of socio-cultural institutions. In this respect, was opened for the first Public Library of Durrës, on September 11, 1945, with a collection of about 5000 books. The library moved into a two storey villa misioneri an Italian, in the center of town with 357 m2 of space. Currently, this building also preserved architectural values and traditions of buildings 30 years' 20th century. The library's first director was renowned archaeologist, Vangjel Toçi, who helped himself with a significant book figure. In the 1960s books and magazines in the Slavic language occupied most of the collection.
By the 1990s, the stock of books 2/3 of political literature and literature occupied conformist who entered the library in 30 copies, making a modest space occupation galloping. Came in not only reducing flow from western literature, it is also coherent east.1990 - ...Library was faced with an extremely transition vështirë. Ndryshimi led overthrow of the social system of political literature report. Digasteri come from reform guidelines before substantial literature, relief funds, qualifications, etc.. Library of Durrës was involved in the development strategy of the European community projects to strengthen the institutions of post-communist countries. Applied in these projects, which serve integration through culture in a developed democratic society. A ndihmesëtë, particularly for the creation of electronic database, has provided the foundation "George Soros". So informative and formative role of the library, had effects on growth.
Foundations and projects: Soros Foundation, CRS & Engine, Lady Diana, & Task Force Albania "childish smile", Interreg III, etc.
Families: Toçi, Manushi, Beshiri, Lezhja, Harizi, Shijaku, Dovana, Gallani, Ekonomi, Korçari, Gjata, Gjini, Tati, Celkupa, Kalabota, Beligradi, Propopulli, Bihiku, Qereshniku, Margariti, Dr. Ben Çeta, etc.
Writers: Bardhyl Agasi, Bashkim Hoxha, Daut Hoxha, Gjergj Vlashi, Hasan Ulqini, Janaq Pani, Met Dervishi, Nikolla Spathari, Petraq Risto, Ruzhdi Gole, Stavri Risto, Shpendi Topollaj, Ymer Nurka, Vera Vasia etc. Membership in 2010 is 10,000 users.
Collections Public Library are collections of periodical slip from 1914 years of last century until today. There are collections of foreign language periodical from 1948 years in Russian, French, English. Catalogs (types) Types: 1-manuals, 2-Catalog archive: topographic alphabetical, chronological -Catalogue of internal foreign language, (Topographic), Foreign alphabetical and systematic. Albanian-language catalog topographic, internal alphabetical, alphabetical systematic external internal external systematic. (Available in electronic format) -Catalogue of Albanian and foreign periodical, topographic internal. -Alphabetical catalog, fonotekë Catalogue-old Albanian Albanology and topographic, alphabetical, systematic (from 2006) -Children's Library: topographic catalogs, alphabetical, systematic.