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The Library of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design was established soon after the academy itself. The first library units were registered in 1946 when the academy and its library were situated in Poljanska Street. The library grew slowly (about 400 units of library materials in the beginning) and the first librarian Milica Špenko was employed in 1954. In 1959 the academy moved to Erjavčeva Street and the library got a room on the third floor.
The Library of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design is the central library for modern art and design in Slovenia. Some of the library material represents the only copy in Slovenia. The library has over 30,000 units of library materials of which are 7,300 exhibition catalogues, 2,000 editions of Slovene and foreign serial publications. It has about 70 current subscriptions to serial publications. Since 1994, data have been entered into the COBISS - Slovene Virtual Library but there is still some older material in the process of being registered in the COBISS/OPAC System.
The library is also an integral part of the library-information network of the University of Ljubljana. It is equipped with classic card catalogues and terminals. Most of the literature is in Slovenian or English language and can be borrowed by the students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design or read in the library by the public. The library exchanges material with Slovene and foreign institutions.
Comprising two sections: the central section, that is, the Department of Painting, Sculpture and Restoration Library, and the Department of Design Library which has about 8,000 units of library materials which mainly covers the areas of graphic and industrial design, applied arts, illustration and photography. Together both sections have 170 sq. metres, 27 seats and 4 computers available for users with more than 33,000 library items and 61 journals subscriptions The library has more and more active users every year. Most of the materials have free access and are arranged on the basis of the UDC system. Undergraduate, masters and doctoral theses can only be read in the reading room.