Library of Academy of Fine Arts

Upon the establishment of the Academy of Fine Arts of University of Sarajevo in 1972, its basic tasks were also defined. They primarily included practical and theoretical education of visual artists and educating future teachers of visual culture and education in elementary and secondary schools. Beginning of the work of the Library of Academy of Fine Arts in 1981 corresponds to the year when the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo moved to a new building, or more accurately to the dedicated adapted facility of Evangelical Church at Obala Maka Dizdara Street 3.

Over half a decade of activity of the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, the library adjusted its needs and capacities to curricula of departments of the Academy – Department of Art Education, Painting, Sculpting, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Product Design, and the Interdisciplinary Studies of Conservation and Restoration. The library currently holds about 9,100 items (books and monographs by local and international authors, catalogues, proceedings, professional regional and international journals dealing with contemporary arts and design etc.). Besides the professional, art and theoretical literature, students have at their disposal various fiction titles. Library holdings also include the archives of defended master’s theses and two doctoral dissertations in the area of arts. It is connected to the national library information system COBISS. Besides the reading room, the library houses computers with Internet access, available to students for work and research.

Working hours

Students can borrow and return materials every workday from 10.00 to 15.00.
The reading room is open every workday from 9.00 to 16.00.


Head of the Library: Memnuna Ništović
Phone: 033- 210-369

The library is open for all students, teachers and employees of Academy.


  • When entering Library, all visitors have to report to the librarian and, if necessary, produce an identification document. As a rule, students can borrow no more than three books, although the number can be limited in case of higher demand, or borrowing more items can be approved.
  • The loan period is three weeks, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Users are bound to treat the materials carefully and protect them from damage.
  • When registering for the new academic year, Library users must submit a certificate that they have returned all the borrowed materials. They will not be allowed to enrol in the following semester without the certificate.