About us

The Library of the Faculty of Oriental Studies
University of Warsaw

26/28 Krakowskie Przedmieście

00-927 Warszawa, Poland

Tel. (+48 22) 55 20 858

Fax: (+48-22) 82 63 683

Library of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Warsaw is the largest Oriental library in Poland and the third largest faculty library of the University of Warsaw. Since the beginning of the Faculty’s history, separate departmental libraries existed, but a number of books and journals were kept in a central library located in a tiny room in the Porektorski Building. This collection was transferred to 10 Królewska Street in 1934. In 1936, it numbered about 1,200 volumes, including many valuable and rare books. The library met the sad end of several Warsaw historical collections: it was burnt down in September 1939.

Since World War II, Institute departments have continued to build up their own specialized collections, while the central Faculty Library houses Oriental books and journals of general character in such fields study as linguistics, literature, cultural studies, religious studies, history, philosophy, sociology, ethnology, art and political sciences. It also houses a rich Oriental collection received from the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1992, comprising, among others, valuable volumes of Profs. Stefan Stasiak (Indology), Maria Lewicki (Mongolian studies) and Aleksander Macedoński (Chinese studies). At present, the Library database (available online at https://chamo.buw.uw.edu.pl) lists 201,079 books, journals and special collection volumes.
The Library Reading Room offers study space for twenty readers and three computers for students use. The library working hours are 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Head of the Library of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

Małgorzata Wróblewska, MA

Tel: (+48 22) 55-20-858
e-mail: mwroblewska@uw.edu.pl