Rijeka City Library is the central public library in the City of Rijeka (Croatia) and central regional library for public and school libraries in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. It is the informational, educational, cultural, communicational and social center of the city and the region.
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The City of Rijeka is the principal seaport, the third biggest city in Croatia and the administrative center of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. The city alone has a population of 128,000 inhabitants while the population of its metropolitan area rises up to 190,000 inhabitants.
Due to its ideal geographical position and substantial sea depth of Kvarner Bay, the city evolved into one of the biggest Central-European seaports and a powerful industrial center early in the Austro-Hungarian period of the 19th century. After the breakup of Yugoslavia and in the transition period, the city economy and life went through a considerable transformation – the manufacturing industry deteriorated, but the importance of service industries became greater while the University of Rijeka became the working and studying destination for as much as 20,000 people. As for the European Union context, the city focuses on new development perspectives in the knowledge industry, cultural and creative industries, biotechnology and the traditionally strong maritime transportation activities.
The vision of Rijeka City Library as...
...the imperative spot of public, open, free society and the meeting point of new ideas; equally accessible to everyone. Simultaneously, the Library is the source of values and instigator of life quality improvement. It incites every individual's growth and prosperity of the society in general.
Our mission is…
…providing opportunities to all citizens, especially those in Rijeka and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, regardless of their age, sex, social status, nationality, religion, race or any other feature, to improve literacy, to read, to learn, to gain knowledge, to be informed, to strengthen personal, cultural, spiritual and democratic potentials, to have access to and use benefits of modern technologies, to spend their leisure time in a creative way; supporting social inclusion of deprived groups of citizens; promoting Croatian and local literature, language and culture in general; fostering the values of multicultural society; stimulating information literacy and availability of ICT in order to fight digital divide.
The values we strongly believe in and actively promote in our institution are...
presence in the community
The Library is continuously involved in undertaking projects, organizing activities and campaigns.Whether it entails looking for the oldest children's picture book in the city or participating in EU projects, everything we do makes up the foundation for our existence as a public institution and results in continuously good outcome.
Some of the projects listed here are completed while others are in full swing.
Narodna čitaonica riečka (Rijeka Public Reading Room) was established. Public Reading Room was the center of spreading literacy and information as well as an important element in the complex political and social situation of city life, and today it is a constituent part of Rijeka City Library.
Under the leadership of famous Croatian politicians and social activists Ante Trumbić and Frano Supilo The Rijeka Resolution was passed in the Public Reading Room, one of the most important documents for political life of the then Croatia as a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In the midst of happenings that evolved around Rijeka after the First World War, Rijeka Public Reading Room was destroyed by the Gabriele D'Annunzio soldiers who formed the independent country in Rijeka, according to many the first fascist political unit in the world. Those were very rainy days for the reading culture in Rijeka as that is also the time the great book printing office Miriam was destroyed.
After the Second World War, Rijeka Public Reading Room, now on the street named The Red Army Corso, assumed the role of a public library. The new communist government spread the motto “Book to the people!” which would incite formation of new reading rooms and libraries in the following period.
Public Reading Room “Mlaka” and children’s library “Sušak” are established, and the latter soon began hosting storytelling activities for the youngest. Stories were often reproduced from vinyl records as well. This marked the beginning of enhanced work with children.
Children’s section of the Public Reading Room is established under the name “Beli kamik” which would become the cult growing-up place for many generations of citizens.
The Library is relocated to Palazzo Modello, architecturally beautiful building from the Austro-Hungarian period, that would, in the following decades, become a recognizable symbol and the destination to visit in order to get one’s favorite piece of literature. An interesting fact is that, before the Library was moved to the building, Palazzo was occupied by Rijeka City Bank! The new building brought the increase in the number of library members.
Libraries are funded from the same source as all the other cultural institutions in Yugoslavia – from the tax money acquired from sales of pulp fiction and liquor!
The Library acquired software for library catalogue and circulation. This marked the beginning of computing era in the Library.
The Library gets CARNet connection along with only two other libraries in Croatia, entering the Internet era. Rijeka Public Library became the first Croatian public library to provide Internet access to its members, free of charge!
Program “My favorite book” marked the start of activity series teenagers conducted themselves for their peers! It may sound trivial now, but at that time it was a substantial turnaround in the way citizens co-lived with the Library.
In cooperation with Primorje-Gorski Kotar County government, the County Bookmobile Service is established with the goal to provide library services to towns in Gorski Kotar and other mountain areas of our County.
Librarian Verena Tibljaš received the IFLA- Poster Session of the Year Award.
After the announcement of the tender for the preliminary architectural design of Rijeka City Library at Klobučarić Square, professor Hrvoje Njirić’s solution was awarded. Unfortunately, after many years of waiting for work on the new building to begin and insufficient funding, the project was abandoned in 2012 and the decision was made to start a new library project in an existing 19th century building within abandoned industrial complex. According to the City of Rijeka cultural strategy, the project should be finished by the year 2016 and would involve a specific transformation of former industrial facilities into a public library.
The Library undertook the organization of the 1st FestivalofCroatian Mobile Libraries and the 7th Round Table on Mobile Libraries with international participants.
The Library’s very first website was published.