The curriculum booklet you receive at the welcome meeting provides course descriptions and the required textbooks for the up-coming year. While some students opt to purchase their books from amazon.com or from their local university bookstores before arriving in Zagreb, the majority of students will use Algoritam Bookshop to order their books. It is located a few steps from Trg bana Josipa Jelačića right beside Hotel Dubrovnik at Gajeva 1. English language books are located in the lower level. You will find a corner dedicated to medical books. Books not in stock may be ordered at the store in the lower level and arrive within 2-3 weeks. Students receive a 10% discount upon showing their grade book Indeks. Remember to network with senior year student for advice on which textbooks may be better than others, or which textbooks are really, truly required. Maybe some are open to selling or lending their books. Everyone has an opinion, so ask around to find out and make an informed decision.
STUDYING IN THE LIBRARY
If you’re not for studying at home, there are some options around the city.
Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica, The National and University Library (www.nsk.hr) is located on Hrvatske bratske zajednice 4 (behind the railway station). It is open Mon-Fri 08.00h-20.00h, 23 and on Sat 08.00h-15.00h. Evening hours: Mon-Fri 20.00h-24.00h. Students need to present a form of personal identification (ie. passport) and grade book Indeks to register. There is also a 40 HRK yearly membership fee. Before you enter the actual reading-area, you have to leave your bag and coat at the wardrobes. There are several floors and before exam periods it gets really crowded, so don’t be surprised if you wait in line to check your bag, or don’t get a spot if you are not there early. You will need to sign-up if you wish to study during evening hours, as there is a limited amount of seats then.
Knjižnica Filozofskog fakulteta, The Faculty od Humanities and Social Sciences Library is at Ivana Lučića 3 (www.knjiznica.ffzg.hr). The reading rooms are free for everyone to use. They are open Mon-Fri 7.30-20.00h.
The Zagreb City Libraries, Knjižnica Grada Zagreba, are smaller libraries that are located all over the city (www.kgz.hr). Most of them are open Mon-Fri 08.00h-20.00h, Sat 08.00h-14.00h.
Here are some of their addresses (find more at www.arhiva.kgz.hr):
Gradska knjižnica: Starčevićev trg 6
Knjižnica Dubava: Av Dubrava 51a
Knjižnica Medveščak: Trg žrtava fašizma 7
Knjižnica Novi Zagreb: Ul. Božidara Magovca 15
Knjižnica i čitaonica B. Ogrizovića: Preradovićeva 5
Another option is the study hall at the Student Dorm Cvjetno naselje located on Odranska 8. The third pavilion offers a medium sized quiet study area. As with all the others, make sure to go early in order to get a spot. As this is intended for the students living at the dorm it might get tricky to get in, but if you wait a bit somebody will eventually walk by and help you.