National Library of Serbia
Belgrade, Skerliceva 1,
The library is on the Vracar plateau, across Kardjordje’s park. National library was founded in 1832 and it is the oldest cultural institution in Serbia. Djura Danicic was its godfather, he named it “National library”, made the general concept for its work, and started national bibliography. Part of its fund perished in World War I, so the remaining fund was moved to several locations: Belgrade, Nis and Kosovska Mitrovica. At the start of World War II, during air-raids on Belgrade, the library (then on Kosancicev venac) was hit, burned and razed to the ground. Thus the largest parts of its treasures were lost for good. Restoration of the lost fund started already in war time, to be intensified after Liberation.