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Biblioteca nacional St Cyril & Methodius

National library St. Cyril and Methodius

The St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library is currently the largest public library in Bulgaria and the oldest cultural institution after the country's liberation, and also houses one of the richest Ottoman archival collections. Today, the National Library collects preserves and provides the entire Bulgarian printed production, draws up an archive of Bulgarian literature and publishes the National Bibliography. It is an ISBN and ISSN center for Bulgaria.

The Library has various collections: collection of manuscripts, old printed, rare and valuable books; the collection of the Bulgarian Historical Archive, a collection of Oriental manuscripts, old printed books and archival documents

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This project was of utmost importance for the National Library as well as for the publishing and library sector because it helped  two crucial national tasks for libraries and book stores in the global space to be realized:
• Creation of digital copies of unique documents from the National Library funds - Slavonic manuscripts from the 14th century; Sigills from Oriental collections; Bulgarian periodicals from the period 1878 - 1940 through the expansion of the library's existing digital center and the purchase of specialized equipment and software for digitization.
• To create and develop a National Register of Print Publications (NPRI).

In May 2010 specialized scanning equipment by i2s Digibook was delivered and installed, under the project "Digitizing and Preserving the Writing Wealth of Bulgaria" (2009-2011), for the needs of the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius".

The following equipment was put into operation:
• i2s DigiBook Superscan A0
• 2 pcs. i2s Digibook Copibook HD

By the beginning of 2016 a total of 330 000 files / manuscripts, old printed books, unpublished documents from the Bulgarian Historical Archives and the Oriental Department, portraits and pictures, graphic and cartographic publications, Bulgarian newspapers and magazines from the Digital Library were scanned and included in the Digital Library. period 1844-1944 / images and their metadata.

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