We hold 300,000 books, journal and newspaper titles, sound recordings, and so much more. Start exploring here.

Special Collection Department

Poza Carte Veche The Special Collection Department of the Public Library "George Baritiu" - Brasov was established in 1981. The main collection, consisting of old and rare books and manuscripts, was initially formed by taking over the collection of a former library, called ASTRA. Later, it was enriched by acquisitions and donations.

The department preserves documents, organised in specific book funds as follows:

• Romanian and foreign old books (1502-1830), in 13 languages– Latin, Greek, English, French, Italian, German, Hungarian, Hebrew, Turkish etc.;
• manuscripts and documents;
• periodicals, among them "Transylvania Gazette" and "Foaie pentru minte, inima si literatura";
• a collection of old maps;
• a collection of illustrated postcards from Brasov and Barsa Region;
• a collection of ex-libris most of them donated by Emil I. Bologa;
• a collection of photography.

Poza Carte Veche
The department has got the following catalogues:

• the alphabetical catalogue, organised chronologically on subjects, for the manuscripts;
• the alphabetical and chronological catalogue for the foreign old books;
• the chronological catalogue for the old Romanian books;
• in the near future, new databases will be ready to be used.

Into the Romanian and foreign old books collection some precious copies could be remarked:

Poza Carte Veche • the oldest printed work - Dicta et facta memorabilia, by Valerius Maximus, printed in 1502 in Venice by the editor Aldus Manutius;
• the oldest printed work in Brasov from the collection of our department is The New Testament, a Greek and Latin bilingual edition, published in 1557, through the good offices of Valentin Wagner;
• our collection also consists of Romanian old books printed in different cities: Carte românească de învăţătură (Iaşi, 1643), Îndreptarea legii (Târgovişte, 1652), Evanghelie greco-romana (Bucureşti, 1693) etc.;
Poza Gazeta De Transilvania nr.1 • The foreign old books were printed in well-known European cultural cities: Venice, Paris, Basel, Lyon, Rome etc. There are also copies printed by prestigious editors and printers like Aldus Manutius, Jean Petit, Johannes Frobenius, Christophorus Plantinus, Robertus Stephanus etc.;
• of special patrimony value are the religious works, remarkable due to their rarity: Apostol (the 14th century), Învăţături monahale si pateric (the 15th century), Psaltire (the end of the 16th century), written in Slavonic, and also Octoihul slavo-roman (the 16th century).

The readers’ access to the patrimony collections of the department is limited by the age – at least 18 years old – and conditioned by their education, the knowledge of the old languages, the aim of the work they intend to write and the norms and regulations to be respected.