Our Collections

The university's libraries and archives contain rich collections in the field of Religious Studies, which are accessible to TNA users.

Library of the University of Sarajevo 

The Library of the University of Sarajevo has a coordinating role at the University level. The Library is making efforts towards establishment of the unique UNSA library-information system. University of Sarajevo has 28 member institutions libraries that offer library-information services and support to research and teaching processes. University of Sarajevo central on-line library catalogue currently includes 133,294 titles. The majority of titles originates from the Library of the Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Business School, and the Law Faculty.

Gazi Husrev-Bey Library

The Gazi Husrev-Bey Library in Sarajevo is an associated member institution of the University of Sarajevo. It was founded in 1537, by the then Bosnian governor. The Library currently holds about one hundred thousand library units (manuscripts, printed books, periodicals and various documents) in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Bosnian and several other European languages.

Manuscript Fund

The manuscript fund includes a total of 10,585 codices of manuscripts. The fund contains works of a general and encyclopedic character, manuscripts of the Qur’an, Islamic scientific works, hadith, akhaid, fikh, as well as linguistics and literature, history, geography, medicine, veterinary science, mathematics, astronomy, astrology and other sciences. A significant number of these manuscripts are unique or rare copies, such as autographs, copies written in the 12th, 13th or 14th century, manuscripts unique with their calligraphy, illuminations, manuscripts with specially made leather binding decorated with ornaments and manuscripts that stand out with some other characteristics.

Archive Collections

Archive collections include:

  • Ottoman Archive – documents in Ottoman Turkish language issued by various local, provincial, and central authorities of the Ottoman rule.
  • Archive of the Islamic Community in BiH – significant and rich data source for historical and scientific study of the Islamic Community in BiH in the period from 1882 to 2016.
  • The collection of periodicals (newspapers, journals, annuals, magazines…), published from 1835 to 2022, has significant place in the overall fund of the Library. The Library also has a valuable museum collection and collection of photographs.

Library of the Faculty of Islamic Studies

The library of the Faculty of Islamic Studies is providing services to its students and academic staff. It holds ca. 22,000 volumes, one third of which are in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish languages. Over a thousand books date from the period 1900-1945. Students are allowed to use library materials only in the reading room.

Library of the Faculty of Catholic Theology

The History of the Faculty of Catholic Theology’s collection reaches back to 1882. In addition to numerous and valuable individual works, the Library was enriched with a complete series of works by church fathers published by J. Migne, and then a collection of Acts of General Church Conferences published by Mansi. The value certainly stands out for rarities. This collection has 226 rare copies such as the Roman Missals from the 18th century, as well as other remarkable copies of old liturgical books. Important within collections are the archival and library materials of the Bosnian Franciscans from the 18th century, as well as numerous literature in Gothic. A large number of specimens are distinguished by language and graphic dualism, which originate from the time of medieval Bosnia. The collection available at the Faculty is linked with the diocese archive and library, which enables even more detailed research under professional guidance.

Department of Oriental Philology

The Department of Oriental Philology (Faculty of Philosophy) was founded in 1950. In conceiving curricula it sought to develop a specific study that educates experts ready to study Arabic, Turkish, and Persian languages and classical and modern literature in these languages, and to explore Ottoman sources and rich manuscripts in Arabic, Turkish and Persian for the scientific and civilizational needs of studying the history and culture of BiH.