Library collections

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

The Adligat library collections are divided into several dozen organised units, which include more than a hundred subsections. The largest divisions encompass continents and countries. Each country collection is subdivided into topics, mainly literature, history, medicine, geography, art, language and small formats (postcards, maps and brochures etc.). Since the books have been gathered from all over the world, from both urban and remote rural locations, they are often considered rarities even in their countries of origin. The library collections are divided as follows:

  • Serbia (as the central collection),
  • Europe and Russia,
  • Asia, Australia, Oceania and Antarctica
  • North and South America,
  • Africa

The specialised Canada section is particularly significant. With approximately 3000 publications, it is the largest collection of its kind in South-East Europe. With more than 5000 publications, the China and Chinese section represents another significant dedicated collection.

The most important thematic collections are:

  • Collection of old and rare books
  • Collection of World Religions
  • Collection of Communism
  • Natural Science collection

 

Collection of old and rare books – with more than 300 books written or printed before the year 1800, and more than ten thousand rare books, the collection is one of the significant in the region, and is kept in a special archive.

Collection of war issues – a particularly rich collection of material from World War I, with more than three hundred books and more than a thousand periodicals published between 1914 and 1918. The library also boasts a collection of over 800 bibliographical units printed and/or distributed in Serbia during World War II.

Collection of World Religions ­– consists of several separate sections devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, etc. There is a dedicated Bible collection, boasting more than four hundred copies of the Bible, printed in various languages. The Islam collection includes examples of the Koran, printed in fifty different languages. As the Lazic Library was founded by a priest, it is not surprising that should include a particularly impressive collection of Orthodox literature, with thousands of titles, including religious books dated before the year 1800, and a specialised collection from the Hilandar Monastery in Greece, as well as works of Russian, Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodoxy. The library is also proud of its collection of rare religious and magical works from all around the world.

Collection of Communism "Zivojin Vukovic" – During the nineteen-nineties, at a time when communist literature was being widely destroyed in the Balkans, the library made an effort to rescue and preserve the material as documentation of that specific period, and as evidence of a particular way of thinking. Our efforts resulted in the creation of what is now one of the largest collections of communist and non-aligned material in the region. The collection, which comprises thousands of books, is named after Zivojin Vukovic, an honourable communist whose works constitute an important part of the section. Zivojin Vukovic took part in more than 20 voluntary state labour measures across Yugoslavia, and was awarded the status of ‘best worker’ no less than 17 times. He was a professor of Marxism and president of the Workers' Council at the Trudbenik plant, one of the giants of communist industry. This collection also includes photographs signed by Josip Broz Tito.

Among all the other collections, our dedicated Natural Science collection, with  more than 100,000 books, deserves special attention, as does the medical collection ‘Vukica and Ivo Besevic’, named after one of the most successful Serbian children's surgeons and his wife. Other notable collections include those dedicated to law and economics, agriculture, cooking, housekeeping, sociology and politics.

The library collection also includes 120,000 different stamps from more than 800 countries and other global entities, most of which no longer exist, as well as more than 5,000 banknotes and about 3,000 coins. The library is especially proud of its collection of vinyl records and gramophones, as well as the collection of badges.