SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library

Национална библиотека „Свети Свети Кирил и Методий“
(SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library)

A front view of the library building designed by Vasilyov-Tsolov
Country Bulgaria
Type National Library
Established April 4, 1878 (1878-04-04)
Location Sofia
Size 7,753,188 (As of 2011)
Legal deposit Yes
Website Official website of the National Library

The SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library (Национална библиотека „Свети Свети Кирил и Методий“) is the national library of Bulgaria,[1] situated in the capital city of Sofia. Founded on 4 April 1878, the library received the status of Bulgarian National Library three years later and the Bulgarian National Revival Archive was merged into it in 1924.

It is named after "SS. Cyril and Methodius"; Saints Cyril and Methodius. They are the creators of the Glagolitic alphabet. The Cyrillic alphabet is named after Cyril.

The present building of the library is among the landmarks of Sofia. It was designed by the famous Bulgarian architectural team Vasilyov-Dimitur Tsolov and completed in the period 1940-1953.

Notable collections

Former building of the library in 1910. It was destroyed in the bombing in 1943-1944.


  1. "History". Retrieved 4 September 2015.

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Coordinates: 42°41′41″N 23°20′10″E / 42.69472°N 23.33611°E / 42.69472; 23.33611

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