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Of tradition
and significant accomplishments (since 1846.)

The first reading room in Koprivnica was founded in 1846. Additional reading rooms were set up towards the end of the 19th century. In 1928 the Academics' Club Library was founded, that is to say, the first public library in Koprivnica was established. In 1945 the first Town Library was founded. In 1954 it became a town budget financed institution, whereas previously it had functioned purely on a voluntary basis. From 1980 until 1991 the Library has been a part of a Cultural Centre consisting of the Museum and the Open University. In 1991 it became an independent institution, named after Fran Galović, one of the writers and poets of the Croatian modernism (1887-1914), born in nearby village of Peteranec and well known on his dialect poetry. The Mobile Library Service was set up in 1979, with the first Mobile Library being in service from 1979 to 2003, when a new vehicle was procured (beginning its rounds from on the 2nd March 2004). The reconstruction and refurbishing of the Library building took place in two stages: the first one from 1979 to 1981 and the second one from 1996 to 2003. ‘Storytelling hour’ for pre-schoolers was first implemented in 1983 and are in performance to this day. In 1995 the Library was awarded the role of County Library Development Service. From 1996 to 2005 the Library was headquarters of the Croatian Reading Association. In 2006 the Library implemented a library service for the blind and visually impaired as a pilot project in Croatia in co-operation with the Blind People's Association of the Koprivnica- Križevci County, which was financed by funds from the EU – i.e. the 2002 CARDS Program (Social Service Delivery by the Non-profit Sector).
In 2006 the Town Council awarded the Library the Plaque of the Town for exceptional accomplishments in the cultural field, and for executing various projects promoting and popularising of books, reading and literacy. In 2007 the Library began implementing the pilot project of digitising local cultural heritage i.e. the local newspaper «Glas Podravine», from its first editions in 1950 to 2007, becoming the first such project to be realised as part of the national «Croatian Cultural Heritage Digitisation» project.
The Library service for visually impaired and blind children and teenagers was presented at the World Congress of the International Federation Librarians Association (IFLA) as one of the four best practices in the world (Durban, South African Republic, 19th – 24th August 2007).


The Library introduced free membership for all residents of Koprivnica Digitization project of local newspaper „Glas Podravine“started with in 2007 (all issues from the 1950-2007 period) were offered online (the inception of „Croatia's cultural heritage in digital format“ national project) Library started a few innovative projects and services: a project „Joint efforts for better health: Free medical consults“ ( more information for the public on healthcare and patients' rights) In collaboration with regional association of the blind, we initiated the projects called „Lifelong learning for the blind and visually impaired: Braille and computer skills“; „We're all different, yet very much alike“ (bringing education and awareness to children with good vision of the problems and needs blind and visually impaired children are faced with) Information and computers literacy for unemployed women (a project in collaboration with regional unemployment bureau); Baby-oriented programs like „Books for babies“, „ Babies' storytelling & playground.


Library was awarded with 2 merit awards: from regional government for accomplishments in education and culture in the County and Dr Ljerka Markić Čučuković Foundation professional librarian achievements award in 2009 for additional education of librarians to work with the blind and visually impaired and for participation at international programs; International recognition of Library's projects and services: our service for the blind and local heritage digitization were selected as best library practices at international conferences in Belgium, the Netherlands and the world librarians congress in Milan, Italy; Library joined EU Agency for Mobility program, through study visits of public libraries in southwestern Germany (lifelong learning program);

30th anniversary of our Mobile Library service; In collaboration with regional association of the blind, we initiated the new project called „Together in quest for knowledge“ (education and awareness of children with good vision of the problems and needs blind and visually impaired elementary school children, their peers, are faced with);

Two new digitization projects: Poet Fran Galović On-Line and Digitized Koprivnica newspapers (1950-2008); Our librarians invented and offered new services, promoting and enhancing digital competences and better computer literacy: „Personal Librarian“, WiFi Internet- bring your laptop and surf at every department of library“; „Become Facebook and Tweeter friend of the library“


We published a commemorative book „Town of Koprivnica libraries & reading rooms from 1650 to 2010 : Fran Galović public library commemorative book”;

At Zagreb University School of humanities and social sciences, the Library was presented with 2009 achievements award from Dr. Ljerka Markić Čučuković Foundation, for extraordinary achievements in librarianship

Professional staff members were awarded with an excursion trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia;

Library's best practices were again re-introduced on the world scene, at World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly held in Gothenburg, Sweden (with two presentations: public health consults and collaboration with the local hospital, public healthcare and regional family center ; awareness of preschoolers to problems their blind and visually impaired peers have)


The Library was given the use of extra storage for books at dislocated University Campus complex (former army barracks); at the end of 2011, the entire Mobile library book fund was moved here; additionally, we have the parking garage there for the Mobile library bus – for the first time in its 32 years history, the „travelling library“ has its garage!

Three new digitization projects presented to the public – Digitized Koprivnica postcards, Glas Podravine weekly issues from 2009 - 2011 and Koprivnica cultural heritage portal.

Our Library practice was listed again at the World Library and Information Congress, with official IFLA paper at the Congress on socially inclusive library services (IFLA, San Juan, Puerto Rico).

The Library organized and held an International librarians symposium on its 5th anniversary of successful services for the blind and visually impaired.

Library’s information system was upgraded with two new software applications to improve overall IT system (PC and printers centralized administration - MyPC and PaperCut).


An agreement with Media University (Now University North) was made on providing library services, eventually establishing University Library.

Joining in European library collaboration project NAPLE Sister libraries, with established partnership with a Finnish library in Sastamale, Finland.

Launching an intersectional-based collaboration in culture and education – with Koprivnica Town Museum (digitization of cultural heritage and a web portal Koprivnica Cultural Heritage) and with Open University (Lifelong learning week, Lifelong education of Roma population).

Launching a project Kc Agora 21 – a public assembly that discusses visions and perspectives in education and culture, role of education in future growth of Koprivnica, in the context of EU funds utilization (13 programs already accomplished, 8 of those held at the Library.

Library digital services, use of web.2.0 tools in particular.

New projects in publishing – printed publishing (Petrić, D.; Bonta G.; Sesvečan M. Let's play! Read to me! Storytelling, gameplay and nursery rhymes for infants and toddlers: recommendations to parents to encourage early literacy in children. Koprivnica: Public library „Fran Galović“, 2012); digital publishing ( 3 new co-authored projects of digitization: „Glas Podravine 2012“ Weekly, „Podravski zbornik“ Yearbook periodical, Naive Art picture cards).

Our Library practice was yet again included in the 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly of the World Library and Information Congress held 11-17 August 2012 in Helsinki, Finland with an invited paper titled „From digitization of local newspapers to the portal of hometown cultural heritage - a step by step digitization strategy available to small communities“. The paper, based on which we had this presentation, was translated to English, Russian, Spanish, French and Chinese, also available at the following link: http://conference.ifla.org/ifla78/session-119.


The Library won three awards: EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Innovation Award for its program ‘Jump in the train for a better world“ – a Roma community support through use of use of information/communication technology; Croatian Library Society awarded us with a national award - „Library of the Year Award“ for our innovative, creative and high quality work in 2013; „Our Children Society“ Achievements award for the best program in 2013 - „Mini library at Pediatrics clinics“.

The Library good practices were yet again chosen (two examples) for presentation at the World Library and Information Congress (Singapore, 17-23 August, 2013), as well as the promotion of early literacy at an international conference „Prepare for Life! Raising Awareness for Early Literacy Education” (held in Leipzig, Germany, 12-14 March, 2013.).

New projects in the Library publishing – a printed publication: „Library service for the blind and visually impaired: current status and perspective“ printed collection and digitized resources: digitized repository „Koprivnica Cultural Heritage“, the very first local, collaborative repository in Croatia link; digitized catalog of an exposition „In search for the oldest picture book in Croatia“ link.

We celebrated the 30th anniversary of Storytelling Room, the oldest Library program for children;

The Library hosted 11th roundtable on 'library on wheels' in Croatia and the 5th festival of Croatia's mobile libraries (19 April, 2013.), with a „millennium picture“ taken – of all mobile libraries, a photography project by ŠimeStrikoman.

A new mobile library service launched at Novo Virje municipality.

We launched new services, programs and actions: Green library, Youth reading corner, „Read differently – loan a library e-reader, read e-books“, „Mini libraries at pediatrics clinics“, foreign language workshops for children aged 5-8, TEDxKoprivnicaLibrary, „Forgot your reading glasses at home? Borrow a pair at the Library!, „Reading is fashionable again“ – promotion of e-books reading, by giving away free sugar bags at Koprivnica cafes; international programs – the Library is a member of NAPLE Sister Libraries, a network of innovative libraries EIFL-PLIP and European Awareness Public Libraries Network.


The American Library Association awarded our Library in category innovative international projects for a start-up project of supporting Roma community through professional training of experts in various fields, in cooperation with Roma associations and representatives of local government. The Library also received an award from the Association of the blind of Koprivnica-Križevci county for overall contribution in improving life quality of people with visual impairment and their inclusion into local community. Josipa Strmečki, senior librarian, has received acknowledgment from the Association of Librarians of Bilogora, Podravina and Prigorje called "Best librarian in 2014". The Library is included in the digital book of recommendations of the European Commission on the topic of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue with its program about Roma people inclusion. The Library is also included in the digital guide „1001 libraries to see before you die“ (http://1001libraries.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/name-of-the-library-public-library-fran-galovic-in-koprivnica-croatia/). Two examples of good library practice were presented at the 80th IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France. Librarians participated in non-conference "Cycling for libraries" and international library camp in France. A new program "The library is more than books - together to employment" was launched. A new mobile library service station was opened in the municipality of Novo Virje and Library has marked the 35th years of continuous mobile library service and the 10th anniversary of the new vehicle. We participated in the implementation of the „Europeana 1914-1918“ project - collection of family memories on First World War (http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu). Two new events of TEDxKoprivnicaLibrary conference were held (we are the first library in the European Union with a license for TED events). In the Children's department, library materials were revised and working conditions were improved by setting a new air-conditioning and recuperator for ventilation and air supply. Two events of collecting and donating books and picture books for for those in need were held: "I read, I give, I'm happy - give your book and make other happy" and "Let's give the book: collecting donations for the school libraries im Gunja and Račinovci".


Croatian Library Institute Registry Office for public libraries in the National and University Library in Zagreb, conducted the professional supervision of the Library in June 2015 and concluded that the library represents an exemplary institution in respect of its business and professional development activities. Koprivnica district office gave an unconditionally opinion about the operations of the Library after annual financial audit. City of Koprivnica, as a founder of the Library, awarded us with another repository for storing books. Also, Committee for determination of the new Library building location was formed and 300,000 kuna has been allocated for the project documentation. The Library is nominated for United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Project Prize 2015 for the program of Roma people inclusion. Project „Books for babies“ is included as an example of good practice in ELINET - European Literacy Policy Network and program „Storytelling for babies and toddlers up to 3 years“ in good practices of Goethe Institut Reading promotion portal for Southeast Europe. A new mobile library service station was opened in the municipality of Molve and now all municipalities and cities in Koprivnica-Križevci county have some form of public library services, stationary or mobile. A project of Digitization Koprivnica local heritage called "Virtual exhibition Koprivnica and the First World War" was completed (http://library.foi.hr/kcvirtualna/ ). The Library is included in the program INELI-Balkans (International Network of Emerging Library Innovators / Balkan region), which brings together representatives of 11 countries from the Balkans. Librarians participated at international conferences: Bibliobus meeting in Pécs; IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa; non-conference Cycling for libraries in Norway, Sweden and Denmark; the Congress of Polish librarians in Warsaw and workshops in Athens, Sarajevo and Solun. Librarians held 13 lectures at professional meetings, 4 in other countries. Association Motacilla alba and Primary School „Antun Nemčić Gostovinski“ from Koprivnica donated valuable 80 ceramic sculptures.


Ana Škvarić, Reference Librarian, Head of Public Library “Fran Galovic” Koprivnica Bookmobile Service, is the author of project “Create Young Readers: Supporting Early Literacy in Rural Areas of the Koprivnica-Krizevci County in Croatia”. Project received the International Innovation Award from Future Library organization from Greece, in the frame of project INELI-Balkans: International Network of Emerging Library Innovators in the Balkan region.

Petar Lukačić, Reference Librarian, Head of Adult Department of Public Library “Fran Galovic” Koprivnica, is the winner of the Croatian Library Association national prize "Eva Verona" for 2016, which is awarded for outstanding achievements and excellence in the work of the best young librarians in Croatia up to 35 years.

Dijana Sabolović-Krajina, Director of Public Library “Fran Galovic” Koprivnica defended her doctorate thesis in scientific field of information and communication sciences (librarianship branch) on topic "The Public Library as the Center of the Local Community in Modern Society". Thesis is based on Public Library "Fran Galović" Koprivnica practice and its adaptations to social changes in Information age.

The Library marked 10th anniversary of its Service for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons, a pilot project in Croatia, by initiating and organizing a scientific and professional conference "Social Inclusive Library Services". The conference was held at national level, with 54 participants from 39 Croatian places.

At the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016. there were even 3 presentations on good practice of the Public Library “Fran Galovic” Koprivnica, selected in a strong international competition.

Intensive efforts were made to achieve adequate space requirements for the work of the Library (determining the location of a new library building, preparation of project documentation).


Bookmobile service is a successfully implemented project called “Growing up by reading: encouraging early literacy in rural areas of Koprivnica-Križevci County” which received the International Innovation Award from the Future Library organization from Greece within the project INTELI-Balkans – an international network of perspective librarian-innovators from the Balkans.

The transition of the digital collection of Koprivnica’s cultural heritage to the new platform, http://library.foi.hr/zbirke/koprivnica/index.php, has been successfully accomplished.

There were 339 cultural and educational programs organized for children, young people and adults. The Olympic reading, a campaign to encourage children to read, was very popular among children.

The library launched some new projects: “Become e-Citizens – ask a librarian for help”, “I want to read too!” – inclusion of people with reading difficulties and dyslexia into the national campaign, New technologies and media in the library – robotics, micro bit computers, digitalization of publications and QR codes in the promotion of reading and Volunteering in the library.

Librarians have participated at various scientific and professional conferences at home and abroad (Brussels, Aarhus, Wrozlaw, Athens, Novo Mesto, Belgrade).The library was involved in new international programs and projects: Erasmus+ program and the COURAGE project (“Cultural Opposition – Understanding the CultuRal HeritAGE of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries”).

The library also received valuable donations of library resources from citizens (especially the gift from the Haramija family for the future Collection of works of Ivan Haramija Hans which is a part of the Regional collection, next the donation of professional literature and monographs in foreign languages from Damir Polančec, as well as the donation of books in English language provided by Lidija Mulvaj).

The need for adequate space conditions is continually pointed out as the necessary prerequisite for the further work and the development of the library, since the number of library members, resources and visits has exceeded those 1000 square meters of the currently occupied space. That is why it took a lot of time to move library resources from free access area to three repositories, two of which are dislocated.