Our aims

The library undertakes to transfer all the catalogue from the current paper support to the electronic one. Now only about half catalog (current portion, public reading, studienbibliothek,
„jesuit funds”) has been converted.
These are the main activities made on the funds:

  • Publication of the sixteenth century catalogue, edited by giuliana de simone.
  • Publication in the bsi’s website of the catalogue about the geographical maps belonging to the bsi, edited by Angela Polo.
  • Cataloguing in sbn of the military fund, edited by Angela Polo.
  • Publication of a new art’s collection catalogue of the library (currently it owns 250 among paintings and scultures of local contemporary artists), edited by Marco Menato.

Despite all, the main objective is to repair the “Petrarca hall/ Fabiani theater“ ( which is situated outside of the library), which will be used as a store and as a public reading hall.

The library has also started, in collaboration with the “Gruppo Koinè”, a project whose objective is the construction of a new view of the two “Gorizie”.

“a library and a town”: this is the ultimate meaning of the artistic project which has to born out from the wish of the isontina state library of Gorizia and of the public library F.Bevk of Nova Gorica to represent in a single set the multimedia reality of the two “Gorizie”, the old one and the new one.

It’s hard to think that nowadays, with the financial difficulties, these two small cities, which together barely reach the 70 thousand inhabitants, can grow up and nourish two public libraries. Maybe it’s possible to analize the potential of each library and to reach, not the administrative merger, but the bibliographical merger, which is the one that matters more for the customers of the service.

The BSI is a historical library, it owns ancient collections, which reflect the difficult situation and history of this not understood area. The BSI takes place in a historical building, which has no chance to increase its store for the store and at the same time for the readers.
Anyway this library is conceived with the criteria that the reading public don’t recognize anymore. As it has been said before, this is a historical library, its official birth is dated in 1822,
but its roots lie in the jesuitic collegium which was founded in gorizia in the 17th century.
The library had documented the studies and the researches of these centuries, they have been filtered in a vast area which had as a reference point the ”lower Austria“ and not th Italy .
With the changeover to Italy in 1918, suddenly the geographical-historical and cultural bond tore, that bond which had resisted for a long time, also without re-configuring a new one. All this process has meant the twientieth century as a battlefield not only by a military point of view but also ideological, because this clash had influenced the management of the bibliographical collections.

Since  2000  the  Bevk  library takes  place  in  an magnificent  palace  which  was  built  to  be  the library  in the city center of Nova  Gorica, it  is  situated  between  the  municipality’s  palace and the  theater, so it  is in  a  strategical  position. The  Bevk library presents its own collections directly  to the public, as a sort of conversation with the audience, with no obstacles represented by the stores. It has a library budget in different languages, including also italian and it deserves attention for its internal organization  which It  was  designed as if the reader can „walk around“ the whole library. This is a modern library, while the isontina library is more an ancient one, known more for its ability to record texts and collections. The two libraries can make another effort to help each other in terms of politics’s inclusion because already now, a lot of „goriziani“ hang out the Bevk library even though they can’t speak Slovenian language. The reason why is maybe because they feel it closer to them, more modern and more friendly. The spaces of the two libraries can be used as a double route; one starts from the isontina and ends in the Bevk and the other does the opposite route; but the two routes must been considered as a unique artistic route that comes and goes, with no division except from the time: the past and the present.

Among the projects that have been concluded, these are the printed catalogues:

  • Dalla Bona’s fund / Simone Volpato (Udine, forum, 2003)
  • some manuscripts / Simone Volpato (Firenze, olschki, 2007)
  • some incunabula / Cancarini Stefano, Rivali Luca (“studi goriziani”)
  • some local and geographical maps / Lucia Pillon, Simone Volpato (Gorizia, BSI, 2008)
  • jesuitic fund / Giuliana de Simone ( baden baden, koerner, 2015)
  • some modern manuscripts, edited by Antonella Gallarotti, on BSI’s website
  • some geographical maps of the library, edited by Angela Polo, on BSI’s website