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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 180,000 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 2014 (including duplicates) totalled over 9 887 831 registered items.

The National Library’s holdings in registered items:

  • 3 284 005 Monographs
  • 1 836 933 Serials
  • 2 426 416 Ephemera
  • 29 764 Manuscripts
  • 162 223 Early printed books
  • 125 967 Printed music
  • 516 368 Fine prints and drawings
  • 132 531 Maps and atlases
  • 193 219 Sound and audiovisual records
  • 59 578 Electronic documents
  • 274 794 Microfilms
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