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University of Warsaw Library (Biblioteka Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego)

ul. Dobra 56/66 (map)
tel. +48 22 552 51 78
Biblioteka Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
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The BUW building was opened in December of 1999. This ultra-modern library consists of two buildings: the front lobby area (the so-called Rogal) and the main section. These two sections are connected by a small passage – almost a little street, actually – which is covered by a glass roof. Parts of the ground floor are rented by commercial institutions. The entrance of the library building proper is dominated by a large open book with the inscription 'Hinc Omnia'; the library itself consists of four floors. Guests and book-lovers have direct access to the main part of the library's bounty, which can be reached through the sides of the building – meaning that students occupying the central areas are not disturbed by visitors. The library offers all visitors unrestricted access to study desks; these may be small tables, individual work stations, or completely isolated small rooms, which can be rented for a few days or even a number of weeks.
Whilst in the library, drop by the Polish Poster Gallery (Galeria Plakatu Polskiego), which exhibits original post-war posters, some of which are very rare and valuable. The collection has about 7,000 pieces including movie, theater, entertainment and political posters. In the gallery you may first admire the originals, and then buy copies of posters by outstanding Polish graphic artists such as Henryk Tomaszewski, Andrzej Pągowski, Jan Lenica, Jan Młodożeniec, Franciszek Starowieyski and many, many others.
The biggest attraction is the BUW's roof garden, which spreads over an area of more than 1 hectare, making it one of the largest and most beautiful roof gardens in Europe. The garden is open to the general public (although it is enclosed) and is the perfect resting place not only for students or researchers, but also for Warsaw residents and tourists. The garden consists of two parts: the upper area is 2,000 m2, and the lower area is 15,000 m2, linked by a fountain of cascading water. Plant-lovers will find much to admire, and those looking for a great view of the city will not be disappointed: from the deck, you get a sweeping view of Warsaw, the Vistula river and the Świętokrzyski Bridge. The garden’s visitors can also see directly inside the library through special windows, or the glass roof itself.

Opening hours:
Mon.-Fri. 9 am-9 pm, Sat. 12-7pm, Sun. 3 pm-8 pm
(in July and August the Opening hours are changing)         
May - September: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-8 pm
April and October: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-6 pm
November - März: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-3 pm (no entry to the rooftop)

Admission free

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