Information for tourists

We try to provide a quiet and stimulating environment for our users. Reading rooms are for study purposes only and are therefore not open for sightseeing. During the academic year (mid-August to July) individual tourists can only visit the Library Entrance Hall, the Exhibition Hall and the Plečnik Hallway with Café in the basement.

The Main Reading Room is open for visitors only on Saturdays between 2.30 pm and 6 pm or as part of the guided tour “Walking Tour of Plečnik's Ljubljana” organized by the Ljubljana Tourism Organisation every Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 pm.

Guided tours for groups

We run professional guided tours of the Library for student and other groups (aged over 15). Guided tours are possible every day between 9am and 2pm except on Wednesday, Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. However, a prior arrangement is required. We will present to visitors the Slovenian National Library, its history and the Plečnik building. Guided tours include spaces freely accessible to all visitors: the Information Centre, the main library staircase and the entrance hall of the Main Reading Room, and the exhibition hall. The Main Reading Room, the Library's special collections departments, storerooms and other premises are accessible to registered users and the staff only. If you wish to visit the Library, you should contact us by e-mail at least one week in advance.

Please indicate the following data:

  • Name of the institution,
  • Name of the contact person,
  • Telephone number,
  • E-mail address,
  • Desired date and time of the visit,
  • Number of visitors.

Based on the information supplied and the available options, we will inform you about your visiting date, and communicate you the name of the library assistant who will guide you through the Library.

Guided tours are not available in July and August. Visitors can visit the library on their own or as part of the guided tours of Plečnik’s Ljubljana.

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Guided visits for individuals

Free-of-charge and pre-scheduled guided tours for individuals are organised once a month. Prior notification is not required. Visitors should gather in the Library Reception.

16 February 2017

Thursday

16.00

21 March 2017

Tuesday

11.00

13 April 2017

Thursday

11.00

16 May 2017

Tuesday

16.00

15 June 2017

Thursday

11.00

19 September 2017

Tuesday

11.00

18 October 2017

Wednesday

16.00

14 November 2017

Tuesday

11.00

 

Individual visit of the Main Reading Room

Guided tours do not include the Main Reading Room; it is closed for tourists to guarantee silence and appropriate study conditions. Nevertheless, interested visitors can visit Plečnik’s masterpiece, either:

  • Each Saturday between 2.30 pm and 6 pm. The ticket price is 2 € (VAT included, free for children under 10 years old), and can be bought in the Reception Room.
  • As part of guided tours of Plečnik’s Ljubljana organized by the Ljubljana Tourism. Tours take place twice a week.

Tours of Plečnik's Ljubljana

Visiting of the National and University Library is part of the Plečnik's Ljubljana tour organized by the Ljubljana Tourism. Plečnik’s works marked three Central European capitals: Vienna, Prague and first of all, his native town – Ljubljana. Due to its unique urban character, Plečnik’s Ljubljana is considered one of the 20th century's most important total works of art. 

Guided tours take place twice a week: every Wednesday and Saturday at 14 pm. A three-hour sightseeing tour costs 20 € per person. It includes guidance of an expert, one-way ticket for the funicular railway, admission to the Main Reading Room of the National and University Library, tasting of the Plečnik tea and gingerbread at the Library Café and the entrance fee to the Plečnik's house. 

FURTHER INFORMATION AND BOOKING

It is not allowed to take pictures of the Library premises or its visitors when the library is open to its users.

Postcards and souvenirs with NUK motifs can be bought in the shop of the Library reception desk (Ground floor, room 38)

  

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