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The National Library’s collections

Under the Act of November 7, 1996 on Legal Deposit Copies, the National Library receives two copies of books and serials and other publications: newspapers, printed music, atlases, maps, ephemera, electronic publications, recorded sound and audiovisual documents. The Library receives over 190,000 published items of various types yearly, including ca. 90 percent on legal deposit. The library also expands its collections by purchase, by gift and by exchange with other domestic and foreign libraries. The National Library holdings as of the end of 2016 (including duplicates) totalled over 8 596 418 registered items.

The National Library’s holdings in registered items:

  • 3 142 175 Monographs
  • 1 036 951 Serials
  • 2 608 488 Ephemera
  • 36 021 Manuscripts
  • 162 230 Early printed books
  • 138 021 Printed music
  • 373 377 Fine prints and drawings
  • 137 415 Maps and atlases
  • 248 400 Sound and audiovisual records
  • 237 129 Electronic documents
  • 274 794 Microfilms
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