Graphic works have been col­lected and stored in the Li­brary since the be­gin­ning of the 19th cen­tury. Ma­jor part of the col­lec­tion is com­prised of old graph­ics (about 12 thou­sand items) that are dated be­tween the 16th and the 19th cen­tury – art­works of Lithuan­ian, Russ­ian, Pol­ish and other Eu­ro­pean artists. Since 1969 this unique part of the Li­brary col­lec­tion was sup­ple­mented with mod­ern Lithuan­ian graph­ics. The graphic arts col­lec­tion mainly con­cerns graphic prints of mod­ern Lithuan­ian artists, book il­lus­tra­tions, draw­ings, sketches, posters. It is also sup­ple­mented with works of for­eign artists, ex-lib­ris col­lec­tion and au­thor books. At the mo­ment the hold­ings of the De­part­ment of Graphic Arts con­tain over 97 thou­sand works of art.