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Ivan Potrč Library Ptuj

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Knjižnica Ivana Potrča Ptuj

Prešernova 33-35 2250, Ptuj

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Ivan Potrč Library in Ptuj is a regional library established in 1945 and since 2000 housed in a 13th-century building built by the Salzburg bishops. It is named after Ivan Potrč (1913–1993), a Slovene writer and playwright. Comprising 3,200 square metres of space, it has a collection of 350,000 units of book and other material and incorporates different departments and a mobile library. Today the library functions as one of most important information and cultural centres in Ptuj and offers regular educational and cultural activities. It is also one of the partners and venues of the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival.

Library departments

The biggest department in the library is the study department, which includes literature and scientific writings. The reading room offers more than 200 magazine, journal, and newspaper titles as well as enables the use of computer workspaces in the information centre. The library also houses a study room with 24 seats and three smaller study rooms for individual studying.

In addition to book and audio-video material, the youth department offers various bibliopedagogic activities, such as story-telling hours, exhibitions, workshops, etc.

The local collection department contains around 70,000 units and collects and preserves the local collection material for Spodnje Podravje and Ormož regions, the oldest publications stemming from the 15th Century. The department also keeps a collection of rare books, old periodicals and the artistic and academic legacies of Štefka Cobelj, Alfred Bradač, Ivo Arhar, Jože Gregorc, Branka Jurca, and Ivan Potrč, the latter has been kept in a separate study room since 2007.