National library “Ivan Vazov”

Protection of the Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage.

Approach & Solution

The National Library “Ivan Vazov” in Plovdiv is the second largest in Bulgaria and serves as a second national repository of the Bulgarian literature. The library cooperates successfully with a number of Bulgarian and foreign partners involved in cultural activities; with local cultural institutions – Archaeological, Historical and Ethnographic Museums, State Archives, which are associated with the idea for the collection and storage of public memory and cultural heritage.

The digital center in the Library was created in 2008 as a continuation of a project for the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage and its provision to a wide range of users through digital images of the particularly valuable written documents owned by the library.

For the fulfillment of these objectives the center is equipped with these scanners: Copibook ONYX RGB ; eScan Open System A3 ; SupraScan Quartz A0 ; Copibook Cobalt RGB – 4 pcs (incl. scanners in partner organizations).

During this project, many types of archives will be digitized:

  • plans and diagrams
  • documents, records and books
  • movable cultural heritage: paintings, sculptures, artifacts, clothing and other objects from the collections of partner museums and galleries
  • photographs, audio and video recordings of ancient customs and objects testifying to the cultural heritage and traditions of the Romanies

The i2S scanners have enabled the digitization of 50,000 documents; 61 newspapers published before 1944; the collection of cartographic and graphic editions; 95 masterpieces by authors from Plovdiv; manuscripts and articles dating from the end of the 19th century; the protection of ancient and precious Bulgarian documents (10% of which come from the Roma culture); online access to the country’s cultural and historical heritage.

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