Information for tourists


Individual visit of the Main Reading Room

During the library opening hours, the Main Reading Room is open for students only. Tourists can visit the lobby and the Exhibition Room (between 10.00 and 18.00), as well as the NUK Cafe in the basement of the library (open 8.00-20.00). Visit to the Reading Room is possible on Saturday afternoons between 14.30 and 18.00.


  • Adults: 5€ (includes 1€ bonus in the NUK Cafe)
  • Children under 10 years old: free of charge
  • Youth (11–26 years), students: 3 € (includes 1€ bonus in the NUK Cafe)
  • Groups over 10 people: 2 € per person (without a bonus)


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 Weadnesday, 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.



    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. 


    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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