Regional Library Petko R. Slaveykov

Veliko Tarnovo

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The Library

1. Manuscripts – 21 items. The oldest manuscript is a Lenten Triode from the 60s of the XIV century. The monument contains 254 sheets that have been restored in the Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration at the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius". From the second half of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century, the liturgical Four Gospels with a monthly message, which includes a 220-page statutory letter, also date. More about the Slavic manuscripts in the library's possession.

2. Old printed books and periodicals 1806-1878 - 637 are the unique titles that the library is proud of, and the volumes are almost twice as many (total 1210 items), as there are copies of many of the works. Among the most valuable antiquities is the first Bulgarian old printed book "Nedelnik" in the new Bulgarian language, printed in the town of Rimnik, Romania in 1806. The first Bulgarian textbook, intended for the new Bulgarian school "Primer with different teachings" by Dr. Petar Beron, was published in 1824 in Brasov. Most of the books in the collection are on Church-Slavic themes. These are various liturgical publications, among which the Old Testament, Bibles, various bulletins, Sundays, calendars in the Church Slavonic language predominate. Here are also the editions of our patron Petko Slaveikov – chants, primers, the first cookbook, etc. works of art. The old print fund is stored under a special regime and is used only in the library's reading room. A large part of this fund has been digitized and can be found in Digital Cultural Treasury Sever+.

3. Rare and valuable books after 1878 - a collection that includes phototypes and unique in their content editions with a rich polygraphic layout, with the artistic value of the binding, bibliophile editions, as well as with the presence of valuable autographs, notes, bookplates, etc.

4. Personal collection of local history books of Prof. Marin Alexandrov Kovachev - The most significant manifestation in the field of local history activity of the libraries in our country until the end of the Second World War belongs to Veliko Tarnovo. In the 1930s, the director of the National Library in the city, Pencho Krusev, organized the review of the Bulgarian literary production from the foundation of the library in 1921 to 1935, as a result of which about 20,000 publications about Veliko Tarnovo were described. arranged according to a classification scheme prepared especially for the case by him with over 630 divisions. This card file is the first local history card file in Bulgaria, and the classification scheme is still our only Bulgarian scheme for local history needs. Heir to the work of Pencho Krusev is Prof. Marin Kovachev - scientist, local historian, university teacher. Chairman and editor of the only local history magazine in our country "Archive for settlement studies". Since 1998, chairman of the Union of Local Historians in Bulgaria. As such, he collects local lore-themed books of local lore from across the country. Later he donated the collection to the "Petko R. Slaveykov" Regional Library. The collection contains 98 volumes, most of them autographed by the author. The collection is located in the Central Building of the library. You can see a list of books HERE

5. Esperanto Collection - from the end of 2023, thanks to the partnership with the "Bulgarian Esperanto Union" - the city of Sofia, the foundations of the library's newest collection were laid. It includes 38 titles - books by Bulgarian authors, translated into Esperanto and study aids, which will help the "Verdaj steletoj" club founded at the Children's Department at the "Slaveiche" BIC. The goal is the revival of the study of the international language that began its history in the city of Veliko Tarnovo.

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Лорем ипсум долор сит амет, консектетур адиписцинг елит. Сед до еиусмод темпор инцидидунт ут лаборе ет долоре магна аликуа. Ут еним ад миним вениам, куис ноструд еxерцитатион улламцо лаборис ниси ут аликуип еx еа коммодо консекуат. Дуис ауте ируре долор ин репрехендерит ин волуптате велит ессе циллум долоре еу фугиат нулла париатур.

"Това е цитат от известен човек"

Еxцептеур синт оццаецат цупидатат нон проидент, сунт ин цулпа куи оффиция десерунт моллит аним ид ест лаборум. Цурабитур претиум тинцидунт лацус. Нулла гравида орци а одио. Нуллам вариус, турпис ет коммодо пхаретра, ест ерос бибендум елит, нек луктус магна фелис соллицитудин маурис. Интегер ин маурис еу нибх еуисмод гравида. Дуис ац теллус ет рисус вулпутате вехицула. Донек лобортис рисус а елит. Етиам темпор. Ут улламцорпер, лигула еу темпор конгуе, ерос ест еуисмод турпис, ид тинцидунт сапиен рисус а куам. Маеценас ферментум консекуат ми. Донек ферментум.anton trufev

Това е едно изречение, което е важно

Пеллентескуе малесуада нулла а ми. Дуис сапиен сем, аликует нец, коммодо егет, консекуат куис, некуе. Аликуам фауцибус, елит ут диктум аликует, фелис нисл адиписцинг сапиен, сед малесуада диам лацус егет ерат. Црас моллис сцелерискуе нунц. Нуллам арцу. Аликуам консекуат. Цурабитур аугуе лорем, дапибус куис, лаореет ет, претиум ац, ниси. Аенеан магна нисл, моллис куис, молестие еу, феугиат ин, орци. Ин хац хабитассе платеа диктумст.

Пеллентескуе малесуада нулла а ми. Дуис сапиен сем, аликует нец, коммодо егет, консекуат куис, некуе. 

book2Пеллентескуе малесуада нулла а ми. Дуис сапиен сем, аликует нец, коммодо егет, консекуат куис, некуе. Аликуам фауцибус, елит ут диктум аликует, фелис нисл адиписцинг сапиен, сед малесуада диам лацус егет ерат. Црас моллис сцелерискуе нунц. Нуллам арцу. Аликуам консекуат. Цурабитур аугуе лорем, дапибус куис, лаореет ет, претиум ац, ниси. Аенеан магна нисл, моллис куис, молестие еу, феугиат ин, орци. Ин хац хабитассе платеа диктумст.

Това е блок връзка

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Short history of RPL P. R. Slaveykov“

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"Petko R. Slaveykov" Regional Public Library - Veliko Tarnovo was originally created as the third book depository for the country (after the National Library in Sofia and the National Library in Plovdiv). It was founded in 1889 as the first public library in the town of Veliko Tarnovo with its own statute and regulations based on the "Rules of the “Razvitie” Company" and the Regulations to it, which regulate matters of maintenance, the selection of management, purchasing, use and maintaining the book fund. The main core of the book fund is the books from the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and the men's high school "St. Cyril". Fiction and popular science literature, mostly printed by local publishing houses and printing houses, was purchased. After the legalization of the library on July 11, 1920, it began to receive one free deposit copy from the entire Bulgarian printing industry. Together with partial donations, these are the only ones receipts up to September 9, 1944.

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On August 15, 1922, the third Bulgarian National Library in Veliko Tarnovo was opened in the building of the "Angel Popov" Board of trustees. Mosko Moskov was appointed director - archaeologist, literary critic, historian, linguist, realized professionally as a teacher, librarian, tourist activist and public figure. During the entire period in which he was director of the library, he worked tirelessly to make it a stable cultural institution. In November of the same year, a reading room was opened in the library.

Mosko Moskov

After the departure of Mosko Moskov in 1932, Dimitar Tsonchev and Asen Hristov held the post of seconded director for a short time. On July 27, 1933, Pencho Krusev was appointed "first permanent librarian" (director). He created the country's first local history file, including about 20,000 handwritten sheets with publications about Veliko Tarnovo. During his time, the construction of a library building began the "First Yearbook of the Public Library in Veliko Tarnovo" was published. Year 1941 Report and History of the Library 1922-1942. In August 1944, at the age of 57 and after 11 years as director of the library, Pencho Krusev died. The new director, Ivan Penchev, establish free access to the funds of the city community libraries.

 In 1954, the library moved to a new building - the only building in the country built specifically for the needs of a library with a seven-story book depository. There are Loans for Adults, Children's Department, Registration, Processing and Catalogues, Reference and Methodical Department.

 On March 20, 1958, the name of the library was approved in the District Library - "Petko Rachev Slaveykov". During the administration of director Valcho Sariev, the "Art" department was separated.

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In 1971, the library was awarded the Order of "Cyril and Methodius" 1-st degree on the occasion of 50 years since its creation, the jubilee collection "Fifty Years in the Service of the People" was presented. In 1974, Diana Sultova was appointed director, and under her management, the library developed active international activities.

In January 1988, Dimo Minchev was appointed director. During his administration, on May 20, 1994, a new branch was opened in the "Buzludzha" district with a lending and reading room for adults, a children's department with a study room and a storage room, where the deposited fiction after 1944 was transferred for storage and all foreign newspapers and magazines. In November 1989, in connection with the celebration of 100 years since the foundation of the first state library in V. Tarnovo, a bas-relief of P. R. Slaveikov, the work of the sculptor Konstantin Denev and arch. Lachezar Lalev was placed in front of the library entrance.

After a competition for the director of the library was held on August 16, 2000, the position was filled by Ivan Alexandrov. Kalina Ivanova was appointed deputy director. An important priority of the library management is the renewal of computer systems and the active use of information technologies in current work.

Public Library "P. R. Slaveykov" is a methodological center for 150 public libraries in the territory of Veliko Tarnovo region. Today, the library has a universal fund of 600,000 volumes of literature in book and digital media, with which it serves 10,000 readers annually, participates in international cultural educational programs and projects, cooperates with public organizations and associations, and corresponds with leading public libraries.


Ivanova, Kalina. History and modernity of the Veliko Tarnovo Public Library "P. R. Slaveykov". – V. Tarnovo: Publ. libr. P. R. Slaveykov, 2014.
Ivanova, Kalina. From the first steps to today: Chronicle of the Public Library "P. R. Slaveykov" - Veliko Tarnovo. - V. Tarnovo: Publ. libr. P. R. Slaveykov, 2013.
Public Library "P. R. Slaveykov" Veliko Tarnovo / Comp. Kalina Ivanova. – V. Tarnovo.
Alexandrov, Ivan. Culture and memory: 120 years since the creation of the Public Library "P. R. Slaveykov" – V. Tarnovo. - V. Tarnovo: Publ. libr. P. R. Slaveykov, 2010.
Handbook of the Regional Library "P. R. Slaveykov" – V. Tarnovo. – V. Tarnovo, 1968.

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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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