History of the Serbian reading room
The building was erected in the style of eclecticism in 1882, for the needs of the Serbian reading room. This reading room was founded in 1845, on the initiative of 72 most learned and most prominent Serbs. The Serbian reading room was led for 10 years by Laza Kostić, after whom it is named today, although the building lost its original function. The popular poet Laza Kostić became a member of the Serbian Reading Room in 1897. After 4 years, this romantic poet is elected president of the Reading Room. Along with the library of the Serbian Teachers' School, the Serbian Reading Room was the main Serbian library in Sombor until 1918, when the City Library took over that role.
Serbian reading room today
Today, the Serbian reading room is one of the most noble spaces for cultural activities and a kind of gallery, thanks to donated paintings of the most famous buildings in Sombor and portraits of 20 "most famous husbands of reading rooms" painters Sava Stojkov. The bank is located on the ground floor of the building, as well as a clothing store.
How to get to the Serbian reading room?
- You can get from Belgrade to the Serbian Reading Room in Sombor by car in 2 hours and 25 minutes (by highway A1 / E75 and Route 15).
- If you start from Novi Sad, then you will need an hour and 20 minutes to reach this destination (via Route 12).
- For all those who come to Sombor by bus, there are 2 routes from the Severtrans bus station. You can call a taxi service (R-Taxi Service: 025 450-450) and save yourself time, as it will take you about half an hour to walk this distance.
Working hours of the Serbian reading room
- The Serbian reading room in Sombor is open on weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm, while it is closed on weekends.
- All other information you are interested in can be obtained by phone: 025 420-715.