brief history

The most important chapter in the biography of the National Library of Romania can be considered to be the year 1955 when the Central State Library was founded (by D.G. No. 1193/25.06.1955). This library was to be the country's main public library, an institution created on modern library basis, complying with the specific duties of a national library according to UNESCO standards.

According to most historians and researchers, the National Library of Romania finds its origins in one of the oldest and most representative libraries from Romania-the Saint Sava Highschool Library in Bucharest. This library opened its’ collections to the general public in 1838, when aproximatively 1000 French volumes were catalogued. After the Union from 1859, it achieves the status of a national library, alternatively being referred to as the national library and The Central Library. In 1864, by public Regulations Law, it is named the Central Library of the State, name and status kept until 1901, when it is disbanded and its collections are transferred to the Romanian Academy Library that receives the status of national library. During this period, only a single national function can be considered relevant for the library, namely, the heritage function. In 1955 the book fund is asigned to the new founded Central State Library, the main public library in Romania.

Immediately after the collapse of communism, in early January 1990, the Central State Library became the National Library of Romania, following the decision of the new power. After the entry of Romania in the European Union it developed its’ functions, being actively involved in numerous national and international projects such as Manuscriptorium, TELplus, Rediscover etc.

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Opening hours

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: 
Tuesday - Thursday: 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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