SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library

The National Library of Saints Cyril and Methodius ( Bulgarian Народна библиотека Св Кирил. Св. И Методий Narodna biblioteka Sw. Sw. Kiril i Metodii ) in Sofia is the National Library of Bulgaria. It bears the names of two patrons of Europe, the Saints Cyril and Methodius.

The Library of the Saints Cyril and Methodius was founded on 4 April 1878, received three years later, the status as a national library. 1924 was added the Bulgarian Renaissance archives.

Special Collections

Slavic manuscripts, a collection of more than 1500 originals ( 11th to 19th century).

Greek and other foreign manuscripts, about 200 documents ( 9th to 19th century).

Eastern manuscripts, including about 3100 Arabic 500 and 150 Ottoman Persian ( 11th to 19th century).

Various archives of Ottoman, Arabic and Persian documents (15th century to the early 20th century), cataloged the collection of the Orient and archives of Modern Turkish archives and 328 of them independent discoveries, each sorted according to geographical criteria. Both collections contain more than 500,000 units, 714 and register 168 Sidjals.

Old prints, rare and valuable, a collection of about 30,000 volumes in Old Slavonic, Bulgarian and other languages ​​( 15th to 20th century ) and a collection of the Bulgarian Renaissance Press from the period before 1878.

Old printed books from the Orient, a collection of about 2,000 volumes in Arabic, Turkish and Persian ( from 1593 until the early 20th century).

The Bulgarian historical archive with more than 1.5 million documents under 700 non- different archives documenting the work of Bulgarian revolutionaries and personalities from business, culture and the public ( 18th century to the early 20th century), as well as the history of the struggle for independence in today's Macedonia (see history of Bulgaria # Macedonian Question ).

Portraits and photographs, a collection of more than 80,000 photos and illustrations.