The building of the Serbian Acadamy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) was constructed in the academic style with elements of Art Nouveau in 1924. It is the work of Dragutin Djordjevic and Andra Stevanovic. The building houses the SANU library - one of the richest libraries in Belgrade, the SANU Archives - consisting of extensive material on the history of Serbia and the SANU Gallery located on the ground floor. The building also houses a bookstore and antique shop.
The SANU predecessors were the Society of Serbian Literacy and the Serbian Scholarly Society. The Serbian Royal Academy was founded under the law in 1886 and it had been the most significant scholarly and educational institution in Serbia ever since.