On the 21st May 2019 the Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences officially presented in front of colleagues, guests and journalists the two most recent valuable donations that was acquired at the end end of the last year – the personal library of the Bulgarian ethnologist Assia Popova (1934-2018) and books by the pulishing house “Zahariy Stoyanov”. The event is a part of the programme for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which is celebrated this year.

The event was opened by the director Dr. Silviya Naydenova. In her speech she pointed out that the library itself was created and developed exactly thanks to the donations and therefore the provision of these collections is like a continuation of this noble Bulgarian tradition. The Assia Popova’s nephew Assoc. Prof. Todor Popov and the publishing house “Zahariy Stoyanov” received certificates for their act. Thank to a specially arranged exhibition all the guests and interested people could see some of the most interesting and important books from these two donations, which will soon be available for use by readers.

Associate Professor Petko Hristov, director of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, spoke about Assia Popova and her library. The books from the publishing house were presented by the editor-in-chief, Mr. Todor Koruev. Professor Lisbeth Lyubenova, Director of the Scientific Archives of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, officially received from the Central Library several specialized scientific materials and archives discovered in the documents from the donated library.

All the guests could also learn more about Assia Popova thanks to the presentation made by her nephew Assoc. Prof. Todor Popov, as well as from the memories of her colleagues and relatives who had worked with her and knew her very well.