Regional Library Petko R. Slaveykov

Veliko Tarnovo

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In November 2006, four large public libraries launched the project "Network of regional libraries for the storage of rare and particularly significant collections through the use of new and more effective methods", financed by the Ministry of Education and Science under the Program "Research of the national cultural and historical values ​​as part of the European cultural heritage and modern methods of their preservation".

For the implementation of the project, a consortium was created between:

Regional Public Library "Petko R. Slaveykov" - Veliko Tarnovo
Regional Public Library "Ivan Vazov" - Plovdiv
Regional Library "Emanuil Popdimitrov"  - Kyustendil
Regional Library "Peter Stupov" - Targovishte
SoftLib Company - Sofia

The consolidated catalog "Old Printed, Rare and Valuable Editions" provides information on manuscript and old printed library collections through more than 2,500 bibliographic descriptions. It reflects all the features of the editions related to endowment funds, bookplates, autographs, handwritten notes and dedications, physical features such as missing pages, cover images, title pages, bibliographic descriptions from various sources. The described documents are at:

Public Library "P. R. Slaveykov", Veliko Tarnovo.
Metropolia Library, Veliko Tarnovo.
Community center "Bacho Kiro", Byala Cherkva.
Community center "Nadezhda 1869",  Veliko Tarnovo.
Regional History Museum, Veliko Tarnovo.
First Bulgarian community center "Elenka and Kiril D. Avramovi", Svishtov.
Ivan Vazov Public Library, Plovdiv.
National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius", Sofia.
"Emanuil Popdimitrov" Regional Library, Kyustendil.
Regional Historical Museum "Academic Yordan Ivanov", Kyustendil.
State Archive, Kyustendil.
Library of the Assumption Metropolitan Church, Kyustendil.
"Neofit Rilski" Secondary School, Kyustendil.
Iskra Municipal Library, Kazanlak.

Old, rare and valuable publications

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The library catalogue contains detailed bibliographic information on the books, periodicals and non-traditional information media (CDs, DVDs, sheet music, maps, graphics, etc.) received by the library since 1994.

The database is in a continuous process of retrospective updating with records of library documents from the period 1878-1993, and currently over 85% of the library collections have been uncovered.

The periodicals catalog is fully developed and provides information on all newspapers, magazines, single sheets, and scholarly publications such as proceedings, proceedings, yearbooks, and notices received and held by the library from 1860 to the present.

Books and periodicals

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Analytical descriptions of articles from the local and central periodicals, books, parts of books and periodical collections covering all areas of social, economic, political and spiritual life in Veliko Tarnovo and Veliko Tarnovo region, materials on the life and activities of prominent personalities born in the region or contributing to its development.

The bibliographic descriptions date from 1994 to the present, and are continually updated and supplemented with records from the local history card catalogue, which was built up decades before the introduction of automation into library work. The card catalogue currently offers over 185,000 items of information to help local historians, scholars and researchers.

Card catalogue of articles in periodicals

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Recommended Books

Smart predi rojdestvo

Death before Christmas

  • Author: Svetla Andreeva
  • Language: bulgarian
  • Publisher: Faber
  • ISBN: 978-619-001686
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Cover: soft
  • Pages: 94

"The stories in Svetla Andreeva's new book are similar and united by the interrogator Dragolyub Mihailov.

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Never ending time

  • Author: Petar Stoyanovich
  • Language: bulgarian
  • Publisher: Knigomania
  • ISBN: 9786191953691
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Cover: hard
  • Pages: 392

"Never ending time" by Petar Stoyanovich are memories without the burden of memory.

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To catch the forest

  • Author: Galya Shcherbeva
  • Language: bulgarian
  • Publisher: Елпи-02
  • ISBN: 9786199003626
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Cover: soft
  • Pages: 176

30 of the most inspiring stories and travel ideas from the show "To Catch the Forest"

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Stories from hand luggage

  • Author: Georgi Milkov
  • Language: bulgarian
  • Publisher: Книгомания
  • ISBN: 9786191953493
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Cover: soft
  • Pages: 520

In "Stories from the Hand Luggage" Georgi Milkov describes encounters, places and events that made him become a diligent collector of experiences.

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What is sacrifice? To die on the battlefield in the name of the fatherland or to save the life of a child?

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Annual Competitions

"/Un/solved case"

The National Crime Writing Contest, under the general title of "/The/ Unsolved Case," will launch in 2021. The contest is held over a one- or two-month period, traditionally during the fall season of a given calendar year.

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Summer campaign "Come to the library"

The Summer Campaign "Come to the Library" is an initiative, conceptually designed to provoke the students from I to XII grade from Veliko Tarnovo, who are readers of RL "Petko R. Slaveykov" to read more and more books during the summer holidays.

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"My hometown"

With the longest and most successful implementation is the annual competition "My hometown". Its first edition was in 2000 and has since become a favorite and recognizable for the participants from the city and the region.

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Foyer of the book with an autograph

Regional Library "Petko R. Slaveykov" - Veliko Tarnovo over the last ten years has established an extremely prestigious cultural event, which is the "Foyer of the book with an autograph". The philosophy of this forum is related to the promotion of Bulgarian printed book production not only in the region, but also nationally.

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Latest News

Дарение от Полския институт в София

На 06 юни директорът на Полския институт в София г-н Карол Желински посети Народна библиотека "Петко Р. Славейков" във Велико Търново

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Visit to the colleagues in RL "Nikola Furnadzhiev", Pazardzhik

The team of RL "P. R. Slaveykov" was on an exchange of experience in RL "Nikola Furnadzhiev", Pazardzhik.

We got acquainted with the structure of the library and exchanged experience by department with colleagues from the Pazardzhik Regional Library. The director of the library Lachezar Rikov presented the development of the library over the years and presented a picture of their library building to the Art Department fund. All colleagues left with a gift of a pencil with a thought related to the book and reading.

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Regional Public Library

Petko R. Slaveykov

5000 Veliko Tarnovo

2, Ivanka Boteva

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kalina Ivanova


+359 62 620208

+359 88 9 297 269

Dr. Ivan Aleksandrov

Deputy Director

+359 62 628098

+359 88 8 790 104

Branch 'Buzludzha'

8, Denyo Chokanov st.

+359 62 648 803

Main Building

2, Ivanka Boteva st.

+359 62 627 901

Art Department

8, Krakov st.

+359 62 630 410

Department for Senior Readers 'Snejana Yaneva'

7, Simeon Veliki st.

+359 62 641 856

Branch 'Slaveiche'

7, Simeon Veliki st.

Children's Department

+359 62 641 856

Foreign Language Centre 'Eagle'

7, Simeon Veliki st.

+359 62 646 916

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