Reading rooms and special collections



The University Library will reopen on Friday, January 7, 2020 under modified hours. We are therefore delighted to be able to welcome students and researchers back to the Library as we gradually reopen our public spaces, beginning with the first day of December.

Some areas of the University Library will be reopened with restrictions and reduced opening hours. The following library sections will be operating according to the following schedule:

  • Lending Department/Loans Desk – Mon.- Fri.: 2.00 pm. 6.00 pm.
  • Inter-library Loans – Mon.: 9.00 am. – 4.00 pm., Tue.- Fri.: 9.00 am. – 3.00 pm.
  • Reading Rooms  –Mon.- Fri.: 1.00 pm. – 6.00 pm.

The physical Library is operating under a new reduced capacity of seats. The guidelines are follows:   

  • The Humanities Reading Room – 15 people,
  • Reading Room for Researchers – 6 people,
  • Social Sciences Reading Room – 14 people,
  • Nova Reading Room – 10 people,
  • Special Collections and Local Studies Reading Room – 4 people,
  • Circulation Dept./Desk – 6 people.

For further information please see the Library’s web page.

Library Director

Reading Room and Reference Library
(services offered in reading rooms):

  • You must have a valid library card to use the reading rooms and available e-services;
  • Online orders for materials requested for retrieval to the reading rooms  can be placed 24 hours a day, seven days a week via our web site; call slip requests may still be submitted in the Catalogue Room or reading rooms;
  • items retrieved from the stacks will be available for pick-up in reading rooms and held for 7 days;
  • open access to shelves and reference libraries is provided in all reading rooms, while professional assistance is offered by experienced library staff;
  • microform readers and wi-fi areas are provided in reading rooms;
  • authorised users are permitted to print, scan and photocopy using multi-function devices which are provided in various locations across the library;
  • the “From dusk to dawn” service offers an opportunity for readers to have books that are typically not checked out on loan for the night period
  • eligible library users that prefer working in groups can book rooms for their team work (the offer is available to current library card holders only). More about  Team-work room

tel. 61829 3854

Opening hours:

Mon.–Fri.  1.00 am. – 6.00 pm.
Sat.              closed
Sun.             closed

  • Period reading room that offers students an inspiring atmosphere
  • Access to rich and constantly updated reference book collection
  • Free access to unique and exclusive collection if dictionaries and rolls of arms
  • Microfilm and microfiche readers
  • Terminals with access to the Academica Digital Interlibrary Loans service
  • Materials ordered through the interlibrary loans service can be accessed at the reading room
  • Professional assistance is available at all service points

Subject book collections:

  • Biographies
  • Encyclopaedias and dictionaries
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Cinema
  • Literature
  • Religious Studies

tel. 61829 3854

Opening hours:

Mon.–Fri.  1.00 am. – 6.00 pm.
Sat.              closed
Sun.             closed         

The reading room is open to scholars and research workers: professors, post-doctoral researchers, PhD holders and, provided availability of accommodation, doctoral candidates, or doctoral program students.
Researchers can request that material from the stack room be placed on hold for later pick up in the reading room (up to three months).
Readers can enjoy comfortable reading environment and the small but spacious reading room with separate reading spaces for each user.

tel. 61829 3848

Opening hours:

Mon.–Fri.  1.00 am. – 6.00 pm.
Sat.              closed
Sun.             closed           

The Comics and Periodical Reading Room houses a collection of nearly ten thousands comics, periodicals and research books on the art of comics. The collection holds unique albums, collector’s editions, zines, issues with variant covers and wrappings, graphic novels and manga. The collection includes Polish and American superhero comics and comics publications in foreign languages (French, Italian and German, among others). A decision to separate the comics collection and make it available in a new dedicated reading room has been prompted by the popular demand and the ever-growing interest in the comics art. The room is also an ideal place for hosting cultural events (Poznań Comics Debate Academy, All’s Well at the Library meetings, evening with authors, lectures and talks, lessons for schoolchildren, book launches or concerts.

In the Reading Room you will find:

  • rich book collection in excess of 10,000 volumes
  • convenient opening hours
  • access to the collection for all members of the “comics and graphic novels” community,
  • access to other current periodicals and newspapers
  • friendly atmosphere to work in
  • continuously renewed and updated book stock with new book and comics purchases
  • professional service

After 6 pm., materials ordered to the Special Collections Reading Room and Local Studies Reading Room are made available in the Comics and Periodicals Reading Room (excluding old and rare material). At the request of the User, materials can be transferred to the reading room by a librarian on duty.

tel. 61829 3853

Opening hours:

Mon.–Fri.  1.00 am. – 6.00 pm.
Sat.              closed
Sun.             closed       

We provide:

  • modern, reader-friendly place to study
  • rich and constantly updated reference collection
  • access to electronic resources (Lex Omega Akademia and LEGALIS)
  • access to back archived numbers of newspapers  (Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita and Polityka)
  • special amenities for visually impaired/blind visitors
  • friendly and professional assistance

Subject book collections:

  • Law
  • Economics
  • Politology
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Sociology

tel. 61 829 3828 III piętro, p. 152

Opening hours:

Mon.–Fri.  1.00 am. – 6.00 pm.
Sat.              closed
Sun.             closed

The Special Collections Department aims to collect, organise and make available materials from its individual study rooms in the Special Collections Reading Room, i.e. manuscripts, incunabula, old prints, historic iconography, maps and atlases, handwritten musical scores, masonic documents and social life documents as well as books published in the Wielkopolska region (Greater Poland) until 1953 included in the so-called National Library Book Resources (NZB).

Since 2016 the reference book collection in the Special Collections and Local Studies Reading Room has been expanded to include books, periodicals, pamphlets and brochures that relate to the history of Poznań and the region within its historical boundaries.

National Library Resources (Polish: Narodowy Zasób Biblioteczny – NZB) comprises of 45 medieval manuscript codices that, following the decision of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage taken in 2016, have been listed as items of the national library resources. In 2013, all the selected items were digitised and are now available in digital form at Wielkopolska Digital Library web-site listed as the “Poznan University Library Medieval Manuscripts (also available to browse on Europeana). The codices are made available exclusively for research after submitting a request in the Manuscript Study Room.

Local Studies Library Resources (Polish: Regionalny Zasób Biblioteczny – RZB) Include books and serials as well as documents of social life published regionally, or within the historical boundaries of Greater Poland, until 1953 inclusive, and a number of selected other library collections that originated in the region. The decision to separate the collections form the general library holdings was imposed by the need of their special care and particular requirements for their sharing resulting from the deposit copy obligations of the Library to collect all publications published in the region thus documenting the region’s academic, literary and artistic output.

Materials marked with the RZB sign are kept in special separate stack room and can be accessed only in the Special Collections and Local Studies Reading Room

The book collection available in the Reading Room is arranged according to subjects (history and politics, cities and villages, economic issues, education and culture, music, cinema, theatre, arts, iconography, churches and religious orders, and bibliographical dictionaries).

The Special Collections and Local Studies Reading Room and Local Studies Reading Room houses reference material pertinent to the history of Jewish heritage in Poland, books on Judaism and Jewish traditions, in particular titles that relate to Jewish culture in Poland and those that explore Holocaust-related themes.

In the reading room you will find:

  • a quiet and inspiring place to study (12 seats),
  • prompt delivery of books from the stacks and study rooms,
  • free access to the reference collection,
  • access to the collections of the specialist study rooms (i.e., manuscripts, old prints and rare books, iconographical material, maps and atlases, musical scores, Masonic documents and social life documents) and the opportunity to consult specialist library staff within the working hours of the reading room,
  • audio-visual facilities offering appropriate equipment for presentations (overhead projector and screen), allowing researchers and students to conduct lectures and talks,
  • continuously renewed and updated book stock with new book purchases
    professional help and advice for your research

More information at WWW Special Collections Department

Rooms 19 – 20;

Basement Floor

from September 16, 2019 to June 30, 2020

Opening hours:

Mon. – Fri.      8.00 am.–2.00 pm.

Head of the Section: mgr Katarzyna Kubiś, kustosz.

tel. 61 829 38 68, -3855, -3856

In general, the Section initiates preventative steps and conservation treatment to preserve the Library’s collections. The Section is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • book conservation, book restoration, book repair, paper conservation, and in general all works aimed at protecting the library collections from harmful effects of exposure to physical, chemical, biological and mechanical damage.
  • book repair and re-binding and re-casing of nineteenth century publications and periodicals and journals currently in print.
  • The Section pursues a number of objectives towards achieving its goal of maintaining the collection in serviceable condition: Damaged and deteriorated general collections’ materials and rotting old books are restored by giving them new bindings and preserving brittle pages. The Section determines the appropriate conservation treatment for materials, i.e. manuscript and hand-written documents (both on paper and parchment), old and rare prints, incunabula, maps, posters, picture postcards and photographs.
  • producing protective enclosures, specially designed to protect different types of items and their state of preservation, as well as other accessories such as boxes, cases for books, wrappers, folders or cardboard tubes for maps, are also made.
  • disinfection of book materials in the section’s vacuum chamber and safe non-toxic pest control for books infected by microorganisms or insects.
  • monitoring environmental conditions in the Library, in order to ensure that appropriate temperatures and humidity levels in the stacks

This service is available for the general public.

Every year, during the Library Week and the Night of Scientists event, the Preservation Laboratory is made available for those interested.


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