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The cultural heart of the community.
For all generations.

Welcome to The Šmarje pri Jelšah Public Library.

The Public Library of Šmarje pri Jelšah is a meeting point for all generations and a place of cultural expression, that encourages lifelong learning and supports creativity. We are the cultural heart of our community and a house of friendly culture where we all learn, discover, create and connect.

The Šmarje pri Jelšah Library is a central general public library, and in addition to it there are also the Podčetrtek, Bistrica ob Sotli, Lesično and Kozje local libraries.

The doors of the central library in Šmarje pri Jelšah and all its units are open to all people, from the youngest to the oldest, so you are welcome to visit our library, where you will find a wide variety of educational and leisure materials and a range of information in one place.

In addition to book lending services, we also offer a variety of live and online events for our users and visitors. We invite you to follow us on social media, where we regularly post a wide range of cultural and educational content.

Kino Šmarje

Kino Šmarje screens the latest films for all tastes: from children’s animation to action, thrillers, comedies and dramas. The cinema is a member of the Art Cinema Network and organises projects  for recognising quality film and developing amateur filmmakers (FAF, MOO)

The Šmarje pri Jelšah cinema was renovated in 2013 with the renovation of the hall in the Šmarje pri Jelšah Cultural Centre. The old projectors have been replaced by a new digital projector, which can also show 3D films. A new film screen and sound system have also been purchased. This makes watching films in the newly renovated auditorium a great cultural experience. The films are selected by Borut Bevc, who is also responsible for their screening.

Working time

The box office opens 30 minutes before the screening.

Cinema equipment

Digital 2D and REALD 3D technology for peak highlights.

Cinema hall

It accommodates 315 visitors.

Muzej baroka

The Baroque Museum is linked to the Baroque Calvary, which winds its way from Šmarje pri Jelšah to the Church of St. Roch on a nearby hill. It offers a permanent exhibition of 43 original wooden sculptures from Calvary chapels, more than 260 years old, and a video projection that takes the visitor on a tour of five of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Obsotelje and Kozjansko. In the museum installation, the statues are removed from the context of the groups in the chapels, so that their artistic dimension can be better understood and grasped. The original statues can be walked around, touched, viewed and experienced from all angles, giving an insight into sculpture in the mid-18th century.

The author of the museum installation is Meta Hočevar, the founder of contemporary Slovenian theatre set design and winner of numerous awards and prizes. She is a recipient of the Prešeren Prize for Lifetime Achievement and has also made a name for herself abroad.

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Museum collection

he collection reveals the secret of almost 300-year-old original polychrome wooden statues.

Rok's Summe

Rok's Summer is a set of musical evenings that has been taking place in Šmarje since 2012.

Offer for schools

Get to know different historical periods in a fun and educational way.


One of the most basic activities of our cultural centre is the organisation of theatre tours, both within the framework of the theatre subscription and, of course, outside it. The modern and technically well-equipped stage allows for a wide variety of theatre performances, including those that are more demanding in terms of scenic design. The design of the 300-seat auditorium is extremely theatre-friendly, both for the spectators, who are able to follow the performances from the whole auditorium, mostly on an equal footing, and for the actors, who say that it is extremely pleasant to perform in our auditorium.

The theatre subscription programme started in our hall in the 1980/81 season. Subscribers can watch six quality theatre performances by professional theatres from Slovenia each season. Outside the subscription programme, our programme includes light-hearted plays, popular plays and musicals, as well as theatre performances for various occasions (Women’s Day, end of the year, etc. ). Our stage also hosts amateur theatre groups from home and abroad.

About our projects

As a library we often participate in different Erasmus+ projects. We learn through seing good practices in other countries and we are eager to comunicate and bond new relationshios with foreign institutions. We already participated in projects like Guardians of Heritage with Slovak partners from Banska Štiavnica and Stories Make Life Better with parthers from Lithuania(Ignalina) and Chech Republic (Prachatice)