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The library of Sigismund II Augustus – a royal book-lover's collection

The library of Sigismund II Augustus, the last male representative of the Jagiellonian dynasty, was one of the most outstanding of its day in Europe. It is estimated that the monarch may have collected more than 4,000 works. But it is not just its size, itself significant by European standards, that makes the royal book collection one of the key achievements of Renaissance book-collecting. It is also the library's comprehensive nature. The collection includes works containing the latest knowledge in a full range of fields, from theology, philosophy and law to medicine, history and astronomy więcej o The library of Sigismund II Augustus – a royal book-lover's collection

Seat reservations in reading rooms now possible

To reserve a seat in the Main Reading Room:

  1. Go to the reservation page
  2. Log into your reader account
  3. Select a place and date
  4. Order and choose the desired time slot
  5. Check the reservation details in your account.

You can reserve a seat for one of the following time slots:

  • 8.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • 1.30 to 6.00 p.m.
  • 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.

A maximum of one reservation per day is allowed, and you may order a maximum of two items from the collections at the same time via the catalogue of the National Library.

Please order items from the collections after the seat reservation and maximum two day before yours visit in the Library. Uncollected orders is holding in reading rooms for two following calendar days. You may also order 19th to 21st century books and magazines when You visit the Library.

Questions about reservations? Please email: bnczyt@bn.org.pl  or call (22) 608 23 30 or (22) 608 24 91.

Please note the new rules in force use of the reading rooms during the epidemic. These rules are designed to ensure the safety of both Library users and staff:

  • Disinfect your hands on entering the National Library and cover your mouth and nose
  • You may order a maximum of three items (19th to 21st century books and periodicals) per seat reservation
  • You must return the items borrowed before placing a new order or just inform librarian
  • If you wish to order an item from a collection for which online ordering is not possible, please email: bnczyt@bn.org.pl
  • Manuscripts are available in the Heritage Collections Reading Room (Czytelnia Zasobu Wieczystego) between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Please reserve a seat by email: manus@bn.org.pl.
  • To access prints and drawings, maps, musical scores or ephemera, please make an appointment with the head of the collection in question via email:
  • We encourage you to order publications which are not available in other libraries in Warsaw or via the Academica interlibrary loan system for books and scientific publications or POLONA
  • We will send orders for early printed books and most microfilms for free scanning and make them available via POLONA within a week. During the epidemic, these items will only be available via POLONA
  • Using the "On-demand digitisation" service you can already place orders for free scanning of early printed books and other publications not covered by copyright (copyright usually ends 70 years after the death of the author, so items published before 1950 are generally out of copyright).

National Library acquires six letters of Adam Mickiewicz to Alfred de Vigny

November 26 marks the 165th anniversary of the death of Adam Mickiewicz. A few days ago the National Library bought six letters at auction written by the poet to Alfred de Vigny. This purchase was possible thanks to a donation by Krystyna Piórkowska of New York, who once again generously supports the activities of the National Library więcej o National Library acquires six letters of Adam Mickiewicz to Alfred de Vigny

National Library receives honorary award from the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport for the Year of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński

The National Library has been granted an honorary award as part of the Annual Awards of the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, in the category "Protecting Polish Cultural Heritage Abroad". The award recognises not just the National Library's work coordinating the Year of Gustaw Herling-Grudzińskicelebrations but also its digitisation of Herling-Grudziński's works, its publication of Katalog Archiwum Gustawa Herlinga-Grudzińskiego w Fundacji „Biblioteca Benedetto Croce” (A Catalogue of the Gustaw Herling-Grudziński Archive in the "Fondazione Biblioteca Benedetto Croce"), edited by Joanna Borysiak, and the launch of a website devoted to his life and work więcej o National Library receives honorary award from the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport for the Year of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński

International presentation of Catalogue of Extant Manuscripts from the Former Załuski Library – the First Polish National Library

The National Library of Poland has published a new Catalogue of Extant Manuscripts from the Former Załuski Library – the First Polish National Library. The catalogue is the result of a long-term documentation project carried out by the National Library of Poland and the Russian National Library in St Petersburg, financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport więcej o International presentation of Catalogue of Extant Manuscripts from the Former Załuski Library – the First Polish National Library