“Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library is the oldest university library in the country and one of the most important libraries in Romania. Summing up funds that were part of the former libraries of the Princely Academies (the oldest, from 1640, being at The Three Holy Hierarchs Monastery, the current “Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library in Iasi enjoys continuity and stability since 1835, as the Library of the Mihăilene Academy, only changing its name over time: the University Library, the “Ulpia” Library, the Central Library.
In the course of an uninterrupted evolution of over a century and a half, the “Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library was forced to close its doors several times, either due to lack of space (in 1859), or the earthquake of 1940 or war (in 1944), had the publication funds wasted or reduced by calamities (in the two world wars, during the economic crisis of 1929-1932, in the fire of March 1932). In 1860, with the establishment in Iasi of the first university in the country, the library of the Michael Academy became the University Library, then the Central and Public Library in 1864, again the University Library in 1916.
It functioned in the building of the Mihăilene Academy (today destroyed, between 1835-1860), in the old University (the current University of Medicine and Pharmacy, until 1897), in the new University (currently the study hall of the “Gh. Asachi” Technical University Library) , so that after the Second World War they could move into the building of the “King Ferdinand I” Foundation Library, whose funds are included.
The latter was built between 1930-1934 by the engineer Emil Prager, according to the plans of the architect Constantin Jotzu. The interior of the edifice presents ornaments made of Carrara marble and Venetian mosaic, and the exterior is decorated with impressive columns in the Ionic style, neo-odoric pilasters, small triangular pediments and medallions with outstanding personalities of the national culture.
The priceless manuscripts, incunabula, old and rare books, some bearing illustrious signatures (B.P. Hasdeu, M. Eminescu – who were also directors of the institution, I. Creangă, Şt. Procopiu, etc.), come mainly from monastic libraries and individuals (C. Hurmuzachi, B.P. Hasdeu, Mihail Sturdza, L. Steege, V. Adamachi, Titu Maiorescu, Paul de Gore, Iorgu Iordan, etc.), who entered our heritage according to the law, through donations or purchase.
BCU Iaşi has a fund of over 2,500,000 bibliographic units, an important part of which is represented by the special collections that hoard over 100,000 documents, manuscripts, old Romanian books, foreign old books, albums, maps, stamps, archive pieces.
People who want to visit the library are asked to access https://www.bcu-iasi.ro/vizite-in-biblioteca/ for scheduling.
Visiting schedule: Monday-Friday, time interval 10:00-13:00
Telephone: 0232 261796 or 0232 264245 (extension 105), fax 0232 261796
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To visit this objective, you can consult: the planning of means of transport in Iasi http://www.ratpiasi.ro/planif10.pdf and the map of their routes.
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