Casa Baiulescu

Casa Baiulescu, 33 Eroilor Blvd.

The villa was designed by the architect Peter Bartesch and built between 1887 and 1888 on the ruins of the former Saddler’s Bastion, demolished in 1887 by the authorities. It was built by the merchant Manole Diamandi (1833–1899), who gave it as a dowry to his daughter, married to the doctor George Baiulescu. The building is the second construction in Neo-Renaissance style, after the General Institute of Pensions (the current Rectorate of Braşov University), with which it harmonizes on the same line.

George Baiulescu (1855–1935) was born in Braşov, where he attended the Romanian High School. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna, attending the Conservatory at the same time. Returning to his hometown, he worked from 1886 on as a doctor at the Romanian High School and at the Girls’ School, teaching hygiene. Specialized in the treatment of nerve disorders, he is among the pioneers of hydrotherapy in Transylvania, establishing a balneology institute. Having a rich medical library, he published in 1904 a consistent work (Medical Hydrotherapy), appreciated by the Romanian Academy, which recommended it for awards, being the second of its kind after the one written in 1851 by a professor from Iasi. He published several specialized articles, among them some in the musical field, which he was familiar with, in magazines such as Albina Carpatilor, Gazeta de Transilvania, and Meseriaşul Român. In 1908, he edited a bimonthly magazine spreading medical and hygiene knowledge, Sănătatea, the first paper of its kind for Romanians in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the first Romanian mayor of Brașov in 1916, and after the unification, he was the second Romanian prefect and administrative inspector of the county. He proved his real qualities as a diplomat and skillfully mediated the installation of the Romanian state administration.

The French Library, or the Francophone Media Library, has been operating since 1992 in the Baiulescu House, with a book collection initially provided through donations from Belgium and France, then by its own acquisitions.

In 2003, it joined its resources with the French Alliance Brașov, in a partnership that works to this day. The library access is based on the library card and the membership card of the Braşov French Alliance.

It is organized in a free-shelf access system.

The department hosts a diverse fund of publications and magazines with titles in the fields of literature, history, social sciences, etc., along with textbooks, audio recordings, films, children’s books, comics, and other educational, cultural, and informational resources.

It promotes the French language, French culture, Francophone values, cultural dialogue, and diversity.

With the support of the Cultural Service of the French Embassy and the French Cultural Institute, it supports events with a long tradition (Francophonie Days, French Film Festival, Short Film Festival, July 14th, Fete de la Musique, Lire en Fete).

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8.00–16.00; Tuesday, Thursday, 12.00–20.00

Telephone: 0268 410 801, 0268 419 338, 0368 450 031 (key 1), then key 3


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The Hungarian Library is the most recently opened section in 2007, after previously, from 2002, a Hungarian Cultural Center operated, focused only on cultural activities.

The Hungarian library has a rich and new fund of books from various fields for children and adults, promoting reading, interethnic dialogue, and the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Hungarians in Brasov County and beyond.

In partnership with the Cultural Center of Hungary and other cultural associations, it organizes exhibitions, book launches, meetings with writers, and debates.

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8.00–16.00; Tuesday, Thursday, 12.00–20.00

Telephone: 0268 410 801, 0268 419 338, 0368 450 031 (key 1, then key 4)


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Newspapers and Magazines (Periodicals) Department has numerous newspapers and magazines, old and new, in Romanian and other languages, as well as subscriptions to current publications.

The periodical publications are from various fields of wide interest: culture, law, economy, medicine, psychology, sociology, tourism, agriculture, etc.

Subscriptions are made according to user requests.

The section provides information on Romanian legislation with the help of the Legis software, as well as computer-assisted support for library users.

The legislative database allows the retrieval of requested normative acts according to several criteria (theme, expression, issuer, etc.), as well as the printing, for a fee, of the requested normative act. In this section, you can consult magazines from the legal field, such as the Romanian Journal of Law, Judiciary Journal, Public Law Journal, New Justice, Commercial Law Journal, Economic and Legislative Bulletin, and since 2008, the Romanian Journal of Private Law, Notebooks of Criminal Law, and the Bulletin of the Courts of Appeal.

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8.00–16.00; Tuesday, Thursday, 12.00–20.00


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Long-Lasting Education (Digital Center):

Established in 2005, the department currently includes the Center for Open Educational Resources (CRED,, the Center of Excellence for Children’s Library Services (, and the “Valeriu Braniște” Info-Documentary Center (Branch 4).

It organizes non-formal education courses for children, lifelong learning for adults, and professional training for librarians in the fields of IT, civic education, finance, media, etc., delivered face-to-face or online on the Moodle platform and, in the near future, on the LMS (Learning Management System) platform.

In 2022, the department became a digital center by participating in the Digital Literacy Program addressed to the members of the Together in Digital Romania community, financed by the EOS Romania Foundation.

Information about the innovative projects, platforms, and resources created, podcasts included, can be found on the Bibliotopia blog:

Opening Hours: Monday–Friday, 8.00–16.00


Acquisition, registration, and publication processing:

This is the service that retrieves reading suggestions. If you want a specific book, you can make a recommendation.

The service ensures the development of the collections through the current and retrospective acquisition of publications, the records of the documents, the bibliographic description, and the indexing.

The development of the collections is achieved through the acquisition of books, newspapers, magazines, electronic, graphic, and audiovisual documents, publications with a legal deposit regime, and also through donations.

The acquisitions policy and collection development are determined by the encyclopedic profile of the library, the structure of the existing collection, the user requirements, and the balance between different types of documents.

Specific activities:

• acquires and processes, currently and retrospectively, the library documents. The average annual publication entries are of 10,000-14,000 library units, the maximum processing time for them being of 30 days from the acquisitions;

• processes, according to the standards and the set of IFLA (International Federation of Library Association) norms, the library’s collections;

• classifies and assigns the systematic-alphabetical arrangement number for all the types of documents;

• organizes and updates the library’s online catalog, offering users tools to search and retrieve the needed information

• makes the library record (primary and individual) for current entries of publications;

• processes the periodicals entered in the library and permanently updates the Alphabetical Catalog of the Periodicals;

• operates into the books records the documents withdrawals from the library collections;

• keeps digitally the inventory and administration registers;

• distributes the processed publications to the library departments and branches

Starting with 1998, the recording and processing operations are carried digitally, thus the online catalog offers to the library users an easy way to find information along with a friendly interface.

Alongside, the retrospective processing of the documents entered into the library’s collections before 1996 is carried out, thus reaching the percentage of the catalog records to be 85% of the total fund of publications.

To help the readers, the following sections have been created on the online catalog page: “Book of the Week,”, “Collection of the Month,”, “Collections of Newspapers and Magazines,”, as well as the list of the newest processed books.

The online catalog can be accessed at the following link:

Phone: 0268 410 801, 0268 419, 338 0368 450 031 (key7)