omnia branch

The OMNIA library was founded at the initiative of a group of intellectuals from Craiova-writers, theater people, academics, artists-with the suport of the Institute for the development of Cultural Relations with Romania from Lyon-France and with the help from the mayor’s office and the citizens of Lyon. On May 25 1990, by order signed by the then Minister of culture, Andrei Pleşu, the OMNIA Library became a branch of the National Library of Romania. The official opening of the library took place on 1st July 1991 in the presence of prestigious guests, personalities from the cultural and political life of Craiova and the country, numerous delegations from France, headed by the Mayor of Lyon.

The Library holds a Fund of about 30000 volumes from various fields: literature, criticism and literary history, Linguistics, history, sociology, medicine, philosophy, art, sports, geography, management and marketing, economics, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, as well as a collection of periodicals: Lire, Magazine Littéraire, Figaro Magazine, Art et décoration, Beaux Arts, Cahiers du Cinéma, Géo, Science et vie, Histoire, Le Nouvel Observateur, Phosphore, Time , Reader's Digest, Paris Match, etc. The library Fund holds important collections-Encyclopedia Universalis, Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Alpha Juniors, Tout L'univers, Dictionnaires Larousse, Dictionnaires des œuvres, Beautés du monde, Encyclopédie Bordas-Mémoires du XXe siècle, Cahiers de l'Herne - whose value is outstanding.

Being a public library, it functions with two borrowing rooms, a reading room, a periodicals room, where access is based on the entry permit. Among those who contributed with donations to the documentary fund of the Omnia library are: The National Library of Romania, the Municipal Library of Lyon, the order of the Knights of Malta-Paris, Embassy of France in Bucharest, French-Romanian Institute "Liviu Rebreanu" in Lyon, the publishing house Gallimard, publishing house Actes Sud, Palaiseau Library, Le Puy Library, the Mayor’s office in Bergerac, the Rotary Club, the French Consulate in Craiova. 
In order to be able to continue organizing conferences, symposia, literary and collective meetings the Foundation of the Omnia Library was created. It aims at increasing the documentary Fund of the library. The series "OMNIA Meetings" has been initiated.

Among those who, over the years, responded to the initiative to participate in these meetings we can include cultural personalities of Romanian cultural life: Irina Mavrodin, Octavian Paler, Andrei Pleşu, Mircea Dinescu, Varujan Vosganian, al. Paleologu, Mihai Sora, Mircea Martin, Livius Ciocarlie, Al. Călinescu, Ioan Groşan, Vlad Ciobanu, Tudor Gheorghe, Dinu Adam, Ştefan Augustin Doinaş, Marin Sorescu, Adrian Marino, Laurenţiu Ulici, Marian Papahagi, and from abroad: Jacques Derrida, Lorand Gaspar, Michel Deguy, Roberto Sanesi, William Snodgrass, Jo Shapcott, the japanese painter Ajako Yamada, Haruya Samya, translator of romanian prose in Japanese.

The OMNIA Branch is based in a building, an architectural monument, known as the Plesia House, listed in the Historical Monuments List, being one of Craiova's impressive buildings built in 1890 following the design of the French architect Albert Galleron in eclectic style; with neoclassical predominations in the interior, with stained glasses made in the spirit of the Romanian school, with geometric and floral motifs, interior staircase and baroque-style ironwork, gold-plated ceilings, Venetian mirrors and sculpted paneling.

Following the loan agreement between the Ministry of Culture and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), the Omnia French Library in Craiova will benefit from funding for the execution of the restoration, consolidation and modernization of the building, according to the "Program for consolidation, restoration and modernization of Historical monuments in Romania ", implemented by the Ministry of Culture.


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Registration of readers:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10.00 – 17.45
Tuesday, Thursday: 12.00 – 19.45

Reference desk and reading rooms for current collections:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10.00 – 18.00
Tuesday, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00

Reading rooms foe special collections:
►„Alexandre Saint Georges” reading room (old and rare books, manuscripts, photographs, historical archive.), 5th floor: 
Monday- Friday: 10.00 – 18.00.

►The audio-video "George Enescu" reading room is temporarily closed, starting June 5, 2018. Special musical documents can be found at the "Alexandre Saint Georges" reading room, the 5th floor:
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10.00 - 12.30

Open reading spaces:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 08.00 – 18.00
Tuesday, Thursday: 08.00 – 20.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00 

The National ISBN-ISSN-CIP Center - informations by phone:
Monday - Friday: 12.00 - 16.00


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