ZAGREB, Jan 24 (Croatia Sun News) – A HRK 47.7 million agreement was signed on Friday in Vinkovci for the construction of a new library building in the centre of that eastern town that will be built at the same place of the old library building which was razed to the ground during the 1991-1995 Homeland War.
Another agreement valued at HRK 245,000 was also signed today for the supervision of the construction works.
During the signing ceremony, Vinkovci Mayor Ivan Bosancic said that the new building will add a new dimension to the city’s social life.
“This is a historic day. It has been 29 years since the old library was destroyed in the war and this year we are celebrating 145 years of the establishment of the first public lending library, so this is the best present we could have received,” Chief Librarian Vedrana Lugic said.
The city library currently has 6,500 patrons and possesses 150,000 books.
“We are building a monument of culture, a place of gathering, a place from where social, scientific and educational initiatives will emerge from,” Mayor Bosancic said.
The mayor added that the construction of the library should be completed in three year’s time and that the money for the first and second phases has been secured. He also expects the broader community to participate in financing the project.
According to the project’s architect, Marko Milidrag, the library will comprise 4500 square metres and will have a basement and three above-ground levels.
“We have designed a low-energy, modern building for public use that entirely adheres to the General Urban Plan with a somewhat different visual identity to reflect the times and ourselves,” Milidrag said.
(€1 = HRK 7.4)