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Collection description

The Radziwiłł Collection of the National Library of Finland consists of a part of the Nesvizh Castle Library of the Polish-Lithuanian royal family of Radziwiłł. The Radziwiłł royal family was a significant family in the region of Poland and Lithuania since the 15th century. The family collected a notable library for its Nesvizh Castle. In 1772, the library was transferred to the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences, and part of it, over 1,200 works, was donated to Helsinki in 1829.

The Radziwiłł library and archives were included in the UNESCO's Memory of the World register in 2009. In addition to Helsinki, parts of the Radziwiłł library are located in 9 different European libraries.

In Helsinki, the books from the collection were originally integrated into various sub-collections. Thus far, about 900 of them have been recognised.

Catalogue information
  • Paper catalogue made of the collection
  • The collection has been described in the reference database
  • The collection has been only partially catalogued
Printed catalogue:
Sirkka Havu & Irina Lebedeva, Collections donated by the Academy of Sciences of St Petersburg to the Alexander University of Finland in 1829 : an annotated catalogue. Helsinki University Library Publications 61. Helsinki, 1997.

The collection has been partially catalogued into the National Library Search.
Collection materials in format
  • Analogue
Material type
  • Books