National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Vijecnica in Sarajevo is the National Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The building was built in 1892-1894 according to the plans of the Austrian architect Alexander Wittek as the town hall. It is considered one of the greatest examples of the so-called pseudo- Moorish style. The Austria -Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne and visited the City Council of Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 between the first assassination attempt directed at him and the second, fatal attack.

Since 1947, the building was used as a National and University Library. During the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War (1992-1995), the library was heavily damaged in the night from 25 to 26 August 1992. More than 2 million books and documents burned. Meanwhile, the building has been rebuilt externally detail. The interior work will be completed by May 2014.