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.

Today, the total Library collection includes approximately 100,000 units classified into the following sections: