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Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Bosnian Collections in the Library of Congress

Journals & Newspapers

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Selection of Bosnian journals currently received by the Library of Congress. Library of Congress European Reading Room.

The Library of Congress holds almost 400 journal titles from and about Bosnia and Herzegovina. Formats include printed volumes, microfilm reels, and full-text digital titles available via subscription databases. Of the 400 titles, approximately 69 have current subscriptions such as news magazines Dani [Days] and Start [Start]; religious serials such as Bilten Franjevačke teologije Sarajevo [Bulletin of Franciscan theology in Sarajevo] and Takvim [Calendar]; literary and language journals such as Književni jezik [Literary language], published by the Institute for Language and Literature in Sarajevo and Krajina: časopis za književnost, nauku i kulturu [Krajina: journal for literature, science and culture] from Banja Luka; titles on history and cultural heritage such as Glasnik Udruženja arhivskih radnika Republike Srpske [Herald of the Association of Archives of the Republic of Srpska], Gračanički glasnik : časopis za kulturnu istoriju Gračanice i njene okoline [Gračanica herald: journal for the cultural history of Gračanica and its environs], and Historijska traganja [Historical research], from the Institute for History archive in Sarajevo.

The historical journal holdings include some interesting titles such as complete or near complete runs of the parliamentary proceedings for the interwar Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1918-1941, for communist Yugoslavia as a nation from the 1940s-1980s, and for the Bosnian Narodna Skupština from the 1940s through the 1980s. The Library of Congress also holds many volumes and series of Glasnik Zemaljskog muzeja u Bosni i Hercegovini [Herald of the National Museum in Bosnia and Herzegovina] and Volume 1 from 1850 of Bosanski prijatelj [Bosnian friend], the first periodical ever published devoted to Bosnia, which was published and financed by Ljudevit Gaj. Collection strengths include history, literature, political and cultural life of Bosnia and Herzegovina, religion, economics, and law. The Bosnian journal collection is not strong in STEM disciplines. The majority of the titles are in B/C/M/S (Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian) in both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, but some are in other languages such as English, French or German.

For the most current information about our journal holdings, it is best to consult the Library of Congress online catalog. Databases containing over 118 full-text journals and newspapers from Bosnia and Herzegovina are described in the section of this guide devoted to Onsite Only Electronic Resources.

Unbound issues of currently received journal titles are available in the European Reading Room, but most of the Bosnian journal collection are bound volumes held in the general collections and may be requested in any general reading room.

Masthead for an issue of the Bosnian weekly Novi čovjek [New man]. 1926. Library of Congress General Collections.

The Bosnian newspaper collection at the Library of Congress is very modest in size, consisting of just over 30 titles on microfilm, in print or in digital format. Most of the titles are from Sarajevo, but others originate mainly from Banja Luka or Mostar. The earliest titles in the collection are microfilm of newspapers published during the 1890s such as Bosnjak: List za politiku, pouku i zabavu [Bosniak: newspaper for politics, education and entertainment] and the Ladino title Lah alboradah [The Dawn]. Besides these 19th century titles, the collection contains only a two titles from the inter-war, pre-communist era, Novi čovjek [New man] from Sarajevo and Vrbaske novine [Vrbas newspaper], published in Banja Luka. Current titles were added based on the policy that the Library should collect newspapers that represent different viewpoints, thus in the collection are titles from regions populated by all three national groups in Bosnia - Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats. Today the Library maintains subscriptions to 7 current newspapers: from Sarajevo Dnevni avaz [Daily news], Oslobođenje [Liberation], and Preporod [Rebirth]; from Banja Luka Glas Srpske [Voice of Srpska] and Nezavisne novine [Independent newspaper]; from Mostar Dnevni list [Daily newspaper]; and from Zenica Naša riječ [Our word]. There are also just a few issues of diaspora titles from the United States, Germany, and Slovenia. A complete listing of the Library of Congress holdings entitled Bosnian Newspapers at the Library of Congress shows titles, holdings, format and location of the materials.

Preservation of newspapers and serials published on newsprint remains a top priority for the Library of Congress. For Bosnian newspapers we no longer continue microfilm our holdings, but instead have switched to digitization as the main method of preservation. Bosnian materials digitized by the Library of Congress are made available in Stacks, the Library's onsite-only digital database. For more information about Stacks, see immediately below.


Stacks is the primary access system for rights-restricted digital content in the Library’s permanent collection. In contrast, (a) content that is broadly available is generally on the Library’s public website; and (b) content for which the Library has licensed onsite access is primarily available in the Electronic Resources Catalog (EROC). The Library of Congress is no longer microfilming newspapers or serials on newsprint and instead is digitizing such materials and placing them into Stacks. Bosnian content of interest in Stacks is mainly these digitized newspapers and periodicals, plus a handful of e-books.