Regional Library Petko R. Slaveykov

Veliko Tarnovo

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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.

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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