• English
  • Polski

University Library

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Description of the collection

The University Library gives access to literature on: humanities, social and theological sciences, legal, economic, veterinary, biological, medical, agricultural and technical studies, and mathematics. The Library acquires collections mainly through purchases, including national and foreign subscriptions to periodical publications, as well as donations and exchange with national and foreign institutions. Currently (as on 31 December 2015), the library collection consists of 1 017 086 volumes/items, including:

  • books – 771 867 vol.
  • periodicals – 184 232 vol.
  • special collections – 60 987 items.


The Library acquires various types of collections:

  • books (national and foreign),
  • periodicals (national and foreign),
  • reference publications in the traditional and electronic form,
  • special collections (manuscripts, old prints, atlases, maps, albums, norms, patents, catalogues, microfilms, CDs, audio tapes, video cassettes, diskettes, ephemera, doctoral theses).


University Library Collections have been divided in the following manner:

  • textbooks as well as Polish and foreign fiction – Teaching Collection
  • books, textbooks, archival materials – Storeroom
  • periodicals in natural science and mathematics, periodicals in humanities and social sciences, e-resources - Information & Periodicals Reading Room
  • publication published by 1945, old prints, audiovisual collections, maps, atlases, manuscripts, doctoral theses, general bibliographics and materials on Warmia and Mazury – Special Collections Department
  • publications in humanities – Blue Collection 
  • publications in natural and technical sciences – Green Collection
  • publications in social sciences – Yellow Collection 
  • publications connected with the European Union - Section for the European Documentation Centre - Yellow Collection
  • Polish standards and other standardisation publications - Information Desk for Standardisation
  • patents and publications on patents – Centre for Patent Information.


Teaching Collection

Includes course books, textbooks and Polish and foreign fiction. Books are arranged by topics. The collection is organized in the following subject sections marked with respective colours:

  • social sciences - yellow (sections 0-3),
  • natural and technical sciences - green (sections 5-6),
  • humanities and fiction – blue (sections 7-9).

Books in the Teaching Collection have white labels with the symbol of a given section and an additional colour strip that facilitates identification of the subject. Within sections, books are arranged in the alphabetical order.

All books are recorded in the computer catalogue. In order to borrow a book, the user should check the symbol of a given section and search for a book on a book case. Books located in the Teaching Collcetions are not ordered via online catalogue. Books can be borrowed at the desk or the user can do it himself using a self-check. Course books and textbooks are lent for 150 days and fiction – for 30 days. Books that have been used on site should be put on a cart.



Books and periodicals that are located in the Storeroom shall be ordered via online catalogue. Books are lent for 14 or 30 days whereas periodicals can be used on site (within the Library). Ordered books should be collected at the Main Lending Desk and periodicals – in the Information and Periodical Reading Room.


Information & Periodical Reading Room

It includes Polish and foreign scientific journals and popular scientific magazines in natural and technical sciences, Polish and foreign scientific journals and popular scientific magazines and social-cultural periodicals in social sciences and humanities as well as daily newspapers and weekly magazines, periodicals published by UWM, books related to the University and information publications, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. Periodicals are arranged in the alphabetical order and books are sorted by subjects (analogically as in the subject collections). This unit also provides access to Polish and foreign full-text databases, abstract and bibliographic databases, e-book and e-journal platforms. There is also the card catalogue for older volumes of periodicals. Users collect here periodicals ordered from the storeroom.  


Department of Special Collections

This unit collects and provides access to books and periodicals published before 1945, old prints, maps, atlases, albums, microfilms, VHS cassettes, CDs, doctoral theses, publications in library sciences as well as general and subject bibliographies. This department also includes regional publication related to Warmia and Mazury.


Department of Subject Collections

It includes the newest Polish and foreign books related to the subject of a given collection. In the Subject Collections, publications are available in open access. Colour labells with the symbols of sections facilitate searching and identification of books in specific subjects. Books located in these collections are available only on site (within the Library). Books that have been used on site should be put on a cart.

This department comprises three collections:

  • Yellow Collection in social sciences (sections: 0,1,2,3) includes publications in, among others, science studies, cultural studies, journalistic studies, journalism, philosophy, psychology, logic, ethics, theology, religious studies, social sciences, statistics, demographics, sociology, economical studies, law and administration, pedagogy, ethnography, and advertising.
  • Green Collection in natural and technical sciences  (sections 5,6) includes publications in, among others, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geodesy, geology, meteorology and climatology, hydrology, botanic, biology, zoology, medicine, veterinary medicine, technical science, construction, agricultural sciences, food technology, organization and administration, accounting, chemical industry, food industry, construction industry, heavy industry, craftsmanship, automatics and sanitary engineering, computer sciences, architecture, planning, city planning, landscaping, and geography.
  • Blue Collection in humanities (sections: 7,8,9) includes publications in esthetics, art, sculpturing, drawing, painting and graphics, photography, music, film and theatre, entertainment, sport and tourism, linguistics, literary science, archeology, prehistory, history, biographies, and military sciences.


Section for the European Documentation Centre (Yellow Collection)

This section was set up in 1998 as one of such centres operating at universities and academies in Poland. It collects and provides access to documents and publications created in the EU institutions (in English). It also includes Polish publications on the European Union.


Information Desk for Standardization

The Information Desk for Standardization provides information based on the publications on standarization such as the Catalogues of Polish Standards, „Normalizacja” monthly periodical, the Polish edition of the International Classification of Standards (ICS), ISO and IEC technical reports, ISO and IEC guide books,. The Information Desk for Standardization is authorized by Polski Komitet Normalizacyjny (Polish Standardization Committee). This unit has access to the Polish standards available on PKN website. In accordance with the agreement signed between the Chancellor of UWN and tyhe Chairmen of PKN on 3 January 2011, it is possible – in justified cases – for employees and student of the University to print fragments of electronic standards (tables, graphs, schemes) for teaching/scientific purposes.


Centre for Patent Information

It offers patent databases of ESPACE series on CDs and provides online access to Polish Patent Office (Urząd Patentowy). It collects specialist patent magazines: „Biuletyn Urzędu Patentowego” and „Wiadomości Urzędu Patentowego”. It provides access to the International Patent Classification.