The Municipal library of Kolan, ‘Šime Šugar Ivanov’, is a successor of three libraries that opened in Kolan in the course of the 20th century; unfortunately, they could not be sustained.
The first reading room ‘Garda’ was active from 1919 to 1923 as a reaction of the Croatian patriots to the Italian occupation of the island of Pag.
From 1942 to 1945 it acted during the NDH (Independent Croatian State) as the People’s Library, and since 1980 within the ‘Bartul Kašić’ KUD.
In 2004, the Municipal Council of the Kolan Municipality started the procedure of establishing the Municipal library so that the process, with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Culture, the Zadar County and the Kolan Municipality, was completed by renewing the building in which the Library is housed, by equipping it and procuring books and other material; it was officially opened on 18 October 2007.
From the starting 500 titles, today there are more than 3,800 book units, in the library, 70 units of non-book material (CDs etc.), fast Internet and 10 computers available for the users.
The library has 150 members, which, if one knows that the Kolan Municipality has 893 inhabitants, is a respectable number.
The use of the Internet is, for the inhabitants of the Municipality and the Library users, free of charge.
The Library launched, through the Kolan Municipality, the procedure of registration and renewal of the ‘Etnographic collection’ which is on the floor of the building and was neglected for years. This procedure is finished, i.e. the collection has been opened for the visitors. The Library has started the collection of material for a monograph of the Kolan Municipality and engaged all scientists from the area and those originating from Kolan to get involved in the project. The monograph was printed in 2013.
The Library as a co-organiser participated in the preparation of the promotion of the book “Radovan and Ljudmila’ of the Kolan folk poet Bert Krešimir Balabanić (1909-1987) held on 26 March 2008 in Matica hrvatska in Zagreb. The book got a Silver Charter as the best book of Matica in 2007.
Šime Šugar Ivanov Library
For the first time in the history of Kolan a puppet show took place for the St. Nicholas Day in 2007 organised by the Library. The second show of the Puppet Theatre from Zadar ‘The Red Riding Hood’, was watched in Kolan by the children from Novalja and Kolan together, there were more than 200 of them. We have started children’s folklore, organising the environment of the Library with a playground, organising a Small Carnival, art exhibitions, different competitions, children’s playgrounds, celebrations of municipal holidays documenting and recording the events, in short, the Library has become the centre of cultural and other events on the territory of the Kolan Municipality.
We cooperate well with the founder, i.e. Kolan Municipality, the Primary School and Registry Office of the City Library in Zadar.
- Mixed department for children and adults
- Establishing a local history collection
- Registration and use of the Library services is free of charge
- winter opening hours - Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month – 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- summer opening hours - Monday to Saturday – morning shift – 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- afternoon shift – 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
- 023 698 023 (also fax)
Bartula Kašića 10, 23000 Kolan, Island of Pag
Ana Gligora, univ.bacc.bibl.