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New Library of the Commonwealth

Modernization of the reading rooms and common spaces of the National Library

The common spaces of the National Library may be treated as a showpiece of the institution, which should be regarded as a modern, friendly, open place, meeting of the expectations of different social groups.

The Library is a meeting and working space for scientists (academic staff and students), writers, librarians, journalists, politicians, social activists and others interested in culture , literature and its history, as well as readers from Poland and abroad, including young people and seniors, people with disabilities and the socially excluded.

During implementation of the project, the reading rooms and common spaces of the Library will be modernized and arranged to allow using the materials from the Library collections in several ways:

  • in  a traditional way,
  • using the most advanced solutions known while the project documentation has been created (computers, touch screens, data bases),
  • using future methods, that are being invented and tested at the moment of finalizing the concept stage of the project, which will be possible to implement in the next few years.

One of the objectives of the project is to create a space of relaxation and recreation for different groups of visitors within the facilities of the National Library.

Project News

March 2017

The National Library received the funding of PLN 16.2 million to modernize reading rooms and common spaces in the main building at Pole Mokotowskie. 80% of these funds – PLN 13 million - come from the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of priority axis VIII "Protection of cultural heritage and development of cultural resources" of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014 - 2020. The remaining 20% - PLN 3.2 million  - will be granted by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the state budget. On Monday,  6th of March 2017 at the headquarters of the Ministry the ceremonial signing of the subsidy agreement was held.

The said agreement was signed by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, prof. Piotr Glinski and Director of National Library, dr. Tomasz Makowski as well as Deputy Director of the National Library, Grazyna Spiechowicz-Kristensen.

As a result of the modernization of the National Library reading rooms will be adapted to modern standards. In the renovated main building there will be a variety of spaces in which everyone will find suitable working conditions. There will be a spacious, open room with easy access to books, as well as smaller, specialized study areas. In addition to the reading rooms common public spaces will be modernized, including the coatrooms and rest areas with gardens in patios, each with a different character. The project authors attach great importance not only to the purpose but also to the visual appeal of architecture. The plan is to use precious materials: copper, steel, wood and stone.

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January 2017

The National Library of Poland is getting prepared for a new project – the modernization of the reading rooms and common spaces. Thanks to getting the subsidy for the project, it will be possible to make the most modern facilities available to the visitors. The access to the library collections will be easier and the common spaces will become more attractive and friendly to the users.

On the 2nd of January 2017 the Minister of Culture and National Heritage decided that the project “Modernization of the reading rooms and common spaces of the National Library” within the undertaking The New Library of the Commonwealth – the project of modernization of the reading rooms and common spaces of the National Library in Warsaw will get the grant for the project implementation.

Among the undertakings chosen by the Ministry as the ones that will get the subsidy for the non-monumental type of infrastructure, the project obtained the highest amount of funding.  Thanks to that, the following goals will be achieved:

  • increasing the area of the reading rooms,
  • extending the zone of free access to the collections,
  • increasing the size of recreation areas,
  • purchase of the new generation permanent equipment.

All the above will allow to fulfill the reader’s needs of the society in the modern way. The anticipated result of these actions will be development of the culture as well as social-economic development of the region.

Another goal of the project is to improve the exposition conditions of the National Library collections, which contain the important elements of the national heritage. These items will become more available to the visitors, including the disabled, helping to prevent the social exclusion and marginalization of people with disabilities.

The newly modernized facilities of the Library will become one of the most important centers of the cultural and educational activity of the region, attractive for the local community as well as for the tourists from Poland and abroad.

The project will be implemented within the frames of the 8.1 action of priority axis VIII: Protection of cultural heritage and development of cultural resources of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014–2020.

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