Objectives of the assistance
Activities of the programme
Appeal of the Director General
Call for Solidarity with the Librarians in Sarajevo
the night of 25 August 1992, the National and University Library of Bosnia
and Herzegovina was intentionally destroyed by gunners occupying the hills
surrounding the city of Sarajevo. The fire ignited by grenades completely
destroyed the historical library building and most of its collections amounting
to several thousands of volumes.
Among the most valuable parts of the various library collections were approximately 700 manuscripts and incunabula and a unique collection of Bosniaca and Bosnian serial publications dating from the middle of the 19th century to the destruction of the Library.
Less than 10 % of the precious collections were saved. The greatest loss is the destruction of approximately 600 titles of Bosnian periodicals. The destruction of the central catalogues of the Library will have most negative consequences on the reconstitution of the collections.
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME