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University of Warsaw Library

In a city full of grand palaces and churches, this library stands out with its ultra-modern design.

The University of Warsaw Library is fascinating both inside and out. Admire the plants creeping up its walls, wander the botanical gardens on its roof and spend hours leafing through the extensive collections inside. 

After the university’s older library building reached capacity, this new library was constructed to create more space for books and opened in 1999. Eye-catching and thoroughly modern, the building has been praised as an architectural wonder. Examine the dramatic façade, which features a unique mixture of glass, steel, exposed pipes and reinforced concrete, as well as an abundance of greenery. 

The library comprises two separate buildings. Enter the crescent-shaped structure at the front to find shops and a café. The second building has six floors and some of its spaces are rented out to commercial enterprises including a bowling alley. Travel between these two buildings via a passageway with a glazed roof. 

Ascend to the rooftop garden, the library’s biggest draw. One of the largest of its kind in all of Europe, the garden offers panoramic views of the city’s historic streets, landmarks and the Vistula River. Explore the garden’s two levels, passing over bridges and by fountains and ponds. Peer into the library through its glass roof, marvel at the panoramic views of the city or simply enjoy a moment’s peace and quiet. 

Go inside to browse the collection of books. Visitors can sit and read peacefully or take a look at the Polish Poster Gallery. Post-war posters of all kinds, from those displaying political messages to advertisements for theater performances, are displayed here. Inspect the rare posters and perhaps even buy an artwork to take home with you. 

The University of Warsaw Library is open every day, with limited opening hours on weekends. Admission is free. To get here, use local buses or ride the tram to Centrum Nauki Kopernik station. The library is less than 15 minutes’ walk from there.


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