Department of Painting, Sculpture and Restoration Library, Academy of Fine Arts and Design


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Knjižnica Akademije za likovno umetnost (ALUO)
Erjavčeva 23, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 421 2505
Fax386 (0) 1 251 9071
Managed byAcademy of Fine Arts and Design
Vesna Krmelj, Head
Phone386 (0) 1 251 8132

The library of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) serves three of the academy's departments: the Department of Painting, the Department of Sculpture and the Department of Restoration. It specialises in literature on art history, fine art and art theory, especially that of modernism and post-modern art. The library comprises numerous monographs, dictionaries, encyclopaedias and catalogues of exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad, plus several periodical titles. At 90 square metres, the library offers 16 seats for readers.


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.

General information

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. Together both sections have 170 sq. metres, 27 seats and 4 computers available for users. The library has more and more active users every year. It is visited by students, curators, artists and researchers.

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