National & University Library

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National & University Library information

Location
Ljubljana , Slovenia
Address
Turjaška ulica 1
Telephone
+386 1 1 200 11 10
More information
www.nuk.uni-lj.si
Opening hours
8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm Sat
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This library is Jože Plečnik’s masterpiece, completed in 1941. To appreciate this great man’s philosophy, enter through the main door (note the horse-head doorknobs) on Turjaška ulica – you’ll find yourself in near darkness, entombed in black marble. As you ascend the steps, you’ll emerge into a colonnade suffused with light – the light of knowledge, according to the architect’s plans.

The Main Reading Room (Velika Čitalnica), open to nonstudents only by group tour (adult/child €4/2.50) in July and August, has huge glass walls and some stunning lamps, also designed by Plečnik.