Regional Library Petko R. Slaveykov

Veliko Tarnovo

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The "Reference and Bibliographic and Information Department" was established in 1954 and renamed the "Reference and Bibliographic Department and Cultural and Mass Work" only a few years later in 1958.

This was necessitated by the need to improve the qualification of library professionals, and the Veliko Tarnovo Library organized a number of seminars, workshops and meetings during this period, through which it disseminated methodological, bibliographical and other documents valuable for the reference and bibliographical and cultural and mass work of libraries.

In 1966, a local history collection was established in the Reference and Bibliographic Department. As a result of which the "Local History" sector was incorporated into the structure of the department, and they began to function jointly under the name of the "Reference-Bibliographical and Local History" Department.

In 1995, the automation of the library's reference and information activities began. To date, the department has an electronic card catalogue, and the information contained therein includes an analytical description of titles deposited, purchased and donated. Annotation and synopsis of articles, research, studies and scientific communications from academic journals, articles and supplements from central periodicals.

The department collects and preserves publications from the reference and bibliographic apparatus - dictionaries, encyclopaedias, various bibliographic indexes, personalities, current and retrospective national bibliographic indexes and other reference publications.

Bibliographical, factual and other references are made through the library's catalogues, card catalogues and reference publications for various information searches.

Part of the specialised services provided by the department is the preparation of bibliographies - book bibliographies, biobibliographies, local history bibliographies or specialised bibliographies.

It prepares oral and written bibliographical references required for coursework, abstracts, theses, dissertations and master's theses. Subject-specific written bibliographical references are chargeable. References may be requested by e-mail or in person at the library.

Participates in the preparation of anniversary newspapers, topical bibliographies, local history publications, brochures and pamphlets.

The Department prepares a Cultural Calendar for the respective year, containing commemorative dates, anniversaries and celebrations of national history, anniversaries of significant personalities from Bulgaria and the world. It works in partnership with other local cultural and information institutions in the city. Organizes and implements joint events and activities.

    • Анастасия Симеонова Радева - зав. отдел,
    • Илиана Тодорова,
    • Диляна Георгиева,

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Death before Christmas

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  • 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

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  • Cover: hard
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"Never ending time" by Petar Stoyanovich are memories without the burden of memory.

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To catch the forest

  • Author: Galya Shcherbeva
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  • ISBN: 9786199003626
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Cover: soft
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30 of the most inspiring stories and travel ideas from the show "To Catch the Forest"

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Stories from hand luggage

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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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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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