The Zagreb City Museum was founded 1907 and his library twenty years later. The reason for this is the fact that the City Museum and the City Library were established together - in the same space, with the same manager. With the relocation of the Museum to the premises of the Art Pavilion in 1926 and the administrative separation from the City Library, the first preconditions for a museum library were achieved. An unavoidable factor is the arrival of Gjuro Szabo in the Museum, who saw the need for systematic acquisition of professional literature, especially the literature the subject of which was the city of Zagreb. He began to collect books for the future library. For these reasons, the year of the founding of the museum library is 1926. The first book of the library inventory of the Zagreb City Museum dates back to 1943, and the first professional librarian, Milica Stilinović Pohl, was employed after the war, in 1947.
The library is organized into eight collections: a collection of monographs, a collection of exhibition catalogs, a collection of serial publications, a collection of reference materials, a rare collection (old and rare materials), a collection of telephone directories and documents (minutes, diaries, reports, rules, etc.), an ephemera collection, collection of newspapers and newspaper clippings. Considering the character of the Museum, a large part of the material is thematically related to Zagreb and belongs to a separate local collection - Zagrabiensia.
The stocks are procured by purchase, by exchange with the museums and related institutions in Croatia and abroad, and by donations. Because of the character of the library, its purchasing policy was directed towards collecting literature in the region of general national history, the history of culture, the history of art and artistic craft, museum studies and any works the subject of which was the city of Zagreb.
Opening hours for external users: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00
It is recommended to announce your visit to the library by sending e-mail to the firstname.lastname@example.org with the specific inquiry on the topic or material.