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Beno Zupančič Library. Photo: Boštjan Martinjak
Beno Zupančič Library. Photo: Boštjan Martinjak

Beno Zupančič Library

Initially the building was a fascist house, Casa del Fascio, whose foundation stone was laid on 19 September 1938 by dictator Benito Mussolini himself. Postojna became part of the Kingdom of Italy after 1918, when it was annexed to Italy by the London Treaty, and remained under Italian control until the country’s capitulation in 1943. As a strategic location at the Rapallo border, Postojna under Italy on the one hand suffered the violence of fascist denationalisation, while on the other hand it experienced an economic heyday, which was reflected in the many buildings constructed during this period, including the presentday library. The Postojna library, which was previously located in a number of other locations, has been housed in this building since 1967, and has been carrying the name of the writer Beno Zupančič since 1981. The same building also houses the Tourist Information Centre and a gallery. During the time of fascism, when the locals feared the authorities might seize Slovenian books, they would even store the books in suitcases and distribute them among readers, who would then exchange the books among themselves.

Would you like to get to know the history of the town of Postojna in more detail? Visit the library department of local history, where you will be advised on what reading to choose.

Casa del Fascio (Fascist House) was a political and cultural institution during the time of fascism, which served as party headquarters, as well as a space for organised leisure activities (dopolavoro).

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