The National Gallery of Slovenia, as the central national institution for the study of art heritage, has its own specialist library whose primary task is to supplement the library fund with publications that in content touch upon the art heritage of the Slovenian ethnic territory and the Central European cultural area. In its purchase politics it therefore touches upon such scientific areas as art history, museology, conservation and restoration, and museum education.
The gallery’s fund encompasses more than 37,000 catalogued volumes, of which around 600 are serial publications. The library provides professional support to the core activities of the National Gallery of Slovenia. A large portion of yearly additions is made up of publication exchanges with numerous museum establishments at home and abroad.
The hemeroteque, conceived right from the start, is part of the library. It contains press clippings related to the contents and activities of the National Gallery of Slovenia, older art and architecture heritage, and cultural policies that are in one way or another connected to museum/gallery activities and preservation of art heritage.
The library of the National Gallery of Slovenia is open to the public and as an information centre intended for art professionals as well as art lovers. Library material is available to outside users in the Reading Room of the National Gallery of Slovenia during published opening times. Material cannot be loaned to take home, but can be photocopied in accordance with copyright laws.
The book fund of the National Gallery of Slovenia has not yet been fully computer processed. Newly acquired material from 1998 to 2002 has been processed by means of the INFOLIT program, whereas since 2003, the library works actively with the COBISS system. Web sites for carrying out searches for literature in the library of the National Gallery of Slovenia are: INFOLIT and COBISS. Older literature has not yet been fully computer processed! Please turn on to the librarian who will be happy to assist you.
Mateja Krapež, Curator Librarian