National University Library Zagreb – Place to Learn

National University Library Zagreb is the largest University Library in Croatia. Croatian temple of knowledge with large collections of books, audio and video materials, and other media.


National University Library Zagreb is a beautiful and modern building. A treasury of knowledge with a primary goal to provide a place for research and learning.

It is the best place to study because it offers large spaces and quiet. In other words, everything you’d expect a library to be.

Free WiFi is available throughout the building, but it is not stable.

Not only does the library offer study areas, but also areas for relaxing and dining. Coffee and restaurants can be found on the ground level.

Whilst providing a space for learning, at the same time, their goal is to identify and preserve Croatian cultural heritage. Making it available to researchers, scientists and the public.

National University Library Zagreb History

The library was established in 1607, making it one of the oldest libraries in Europe. During its 400-year old history, firstly, the library was housed in the Jesuit grammar school in St. Catherine’s Square.

As the collection grew, in 1913 they moved into an Art Nouveau Secession edifice located in Marko Marulić Square.

Afterwards, it became inadequate for the library’s 2,500,000 volumes and the library moved in 1995. Into to the newly built National University Library.

The Library was built to accommodate the large collection and provide a space for learning. It extends over 36,000 square meters. Comprising of 12,900 metres of shelves in open access and 110,000 metres of mobile shelves in closed stacks.

National University Library Zagreb Lobby

National University Library Zagreb Lobby

National University Library Zagreb Collections

  • Digital collections
  • Digitized Heritage
  • Historic Croatian Newspapers
  • Old Croatian Journals
  • Croatian Web Archive
  • Digital Academic Repository
  • Special collections
  • The Manuscripts and Old Books Collection

National University Library Zagreb opening hours

For registered library users only

Monday-Friday 8:00-21:00

Saturday 9:00-14:00

Evening opening hours

Monday-Friday 21:00-24:00

Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

National University Library Zagreb Admission

Temporary Membership Fee

Week Pass – 40 HRK

Month Pass – 50 HRK

Day Pass – 30 HRK

What can you see and do at the National University Library Zagreb?

From the outside, you can marvel at the modern architecture and stop for coffee at one of the most visited places by students.

Although it is not open to the public, you can buy a temporary pass to explore the library. Keep in mind to stay quiet as this is a place for research and learning.

If you wish to do research or learn this is the place to be!

How to get to National University Library Zagreb?

Situated by the University Park, close to Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

Roughly some 10 minutes walking distance from the Main Train Station.


Available around Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinki and behind the National University Library.

Parking Zone 2. Read our guide about Zagreb Parking, Garages and Zones, Where to Park in Zagreb? We update it regularly with the latest rates, and guides on how to pay for parking in Zagreb.

Taxi or UBER is always an option.



Hrvatske bratske zajednice Street 4




+385 1 616 4002

Opening hours

Closed to the public.

Registered library users only

Monday to Friday 8.00 – 21.00
Saturday 9.00 – 14.00

Evening opening hours

Monday to Friday 21.00 – 24.00

Closed on Sundays and public holidays.


Week Pass – 40 HRK
Month Pass – 50 HRK
Day Pass – 30 HRK

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