The Library of the Institute of Literature is the biggest library in the system of the BAS (comprising 114 795 library items - books, periodicals, Xerox-copies, graphic editions). It hosts a collection of written materials on various humanitarian subjects in 15 languages. The library's rich fund includes scientific research editions in literary theory, linguistics, philosophy, folklore, culture, science, education, the social sciences - sociology, theory of art, politics, military affairs, history, biography, as well as Belles Lettres and children's literature. The personal collections of two eminent Bulgarian poets and translators - Nikolai Liliev and Asen Raztsvetnikov - are also kept in the library. In addition, the library owns an incomplete collection of antiquarian periodicals that display literary life in Bulgaria at the turn of the 19th century. Moreover, from the Institute's foundation in 1948 to date, a complete collection of the most important periodicals in the field of Bulgarian and foreign literary theory has been accumulated. There are more than 2,500 volumes of referential editions- encyclopedias, dictionaries and referential books in the same field as well as in the humanitarian sciences. The library also has a microfilm reader. In 1999 a project was instigated for providing computer-processed information and an Internet connection.
The following reference publications can be consulted at the library:
- Kratkaya literaturnaya entsiklopedija, M., 1964 – 9 vols.
- Sov. literaturnaya entsiklopedija, M., 1929 – 11 vols.
- Teatralnaya entsiklopedija, M., 1961 – 16 vols.
- Meyers Universal Lexikon, Lpzg, 1979 – 4 vols.
- Larousse du XX e siècle, Paris, 1928 – 6 vols.
- Lexikon der Weltliteratur, Lpzg, 1965
- Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, München, 1974 – 25 vols.
- Histoire générale des littératures, Paris, 1961 – 6 vols.
- Handbuch der Literaturwissenschaft, Potsdam, 1930-1938 – 11 vols.
In addition, there many volumes of publications on the history of various literatures in the world (in the corresponding languages) available for consultation in the reading room.
Both the library and the reading room are open from 9.30 - 12 .00 and from 12.30 - 17.00. Books published prior to 1950, rare and valuable editions, periodicals and reference books can be consulted only in the reading room. Readers who are not members of the Institute can consult books without borrowing them.
Librarian: Ivanka Tomova- Manova