In the dissertation I present the role of the library in the kindergarten. The work consists of a theoretical overview and an empirical part. The theoretical part presents the role of the book in national documents for preschool education where I presented Slovenian curriculum as well as Swedish and Norwegian curriculums. I also presented the meaning of book and literary education and described how a library in the kindergarten and book corners in the playroom should look like. I also emphasized the meaning of collaboration between a kindergarten and local or school library. I presented a project of preschool reading badge and emphasized its advantages, weaknesses and propositions for the improvements of the project.
In the empirical part I decided to study opinions of kindergarten principles and educators about the role of the library in the kindergartens in the central region of Slovenia with anonimous survey questionnaires. 28 principals and 110 educators were included in the research. The results showed that both, principals and educators think the role of the library in the kindergarten presents itself through encouragement of the interest in reading, obtaining a positive attitude for books and reading, educating a child in a good reader and informing about the printed matter. Surveyed principals as well as educators are taking good care of book and literary education, they encourge children to read in different ways and greatly emphasize family reading and collaboration with school and local libraries.