Manuscripts of the Karadjoz-bey library in Mostar
The founder of the Karadjoz-bey library in Mostar was hadji Muhammed-bey, son of Ebu Sead, known as Karadjoz-bey. Based on his vakufnama from the 977/1570 we could say that he was the biggest endower of Mostar and Herzegovina. He endowed eleven codices of manuscripts and with vakufnama he prescribed the way of using manuscripts from the Library.
Many other public and private libraries were added to this Library. The most important of these libraries, by their collection and number, were the library from the medresa of Ahmed son of Ali, then darus-seadet, Šejh Jujo’s, Šišman Ibrahim-pasha’s from Počitelj, Ali-pasha Rizvanbegović from the town of Stolac and other libraries. The functioning of this library ended in the year 1934. At the beginning of 1950 the collection of this Library were united with the collection of the Gazi Husrev-bey library in Sarajevo. (552 codices of manuscripts and 272 printed books on Arabic, Turkish and Persian languages) in the collection of manuscripts of this library could be found encyclopedic works, works on Qur’an and Hadith, dogmatic, collection of dua, principles of Shari‘a law, medicine, mathematics and scientific discipline. Thanks to the Karadjoz-bey Library from Mostar many invaluable works were preserved from perishing.