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France Bevk Public Library new building

The new building is situated in the city centre and from a birds's-eye view it has a shape of a sami-opened book. It was planed by Slovenian architects Vojteh Ravnikar, Robert Potokar in Maruša Zorec. The building has 4 floors and around 4500sqm library premises.

Below the ground level there is a multi-purpose hall that can accommodate around 100 people. It is used for literary meetings, lectures and other events.

On the ground floor there are books and audio visual material for children and young people, the main loan desk, a fairytale room, books on art, sports and fiction in Slovene and several foreign languages.

On the first floor there are scientific books, music papers, maps and audio visual material. Two special departments are set on the first floor: one keeps serial publications (around 700 different titles every year), the other keeps local studies collection (Goriška region and a part of Italy where Slovenians live).

On the second floor there is the administrative part of the library: director, secretary’s office, account-keeping, cataloguing services and book processing. This floor is closed for public.

All materials are catalogued in the Slovenian joint catalogue called COBISS+. On the shelves the material is arranged by UDC (Universal Decimal Classification). A computer-based circulation system is in use. The library's collection is well over 520.000 items.

The catalogue is available online - COBISS+ (also in English).

All the departments have open access to the material with the exception of the serials department and local studies department. Only reading-room loan is possible in these two departments.

There are several computers with internet access in the library that can be used by members.