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Warsaw University Library (Polish: Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie, BUW) is a library of the University of Warsaw, Poland.
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|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
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Outstandingly interesting modern construction, fantastic views from a rooftop garden
The library was founded in 1816, linguist Samuel Linde became its first director. The library initially housed mostly theological and historical books, the collection was however enlarged by papers from other scientific fields in 1825. In 1831 the library, which served as a public library at that time, already housed 134,000 volumes of books, stored in Kazimierzowski Palace.After the fall of the November Uprising the same year, the institution had been closed, and most of the collection taken away by Russian authorities to Saint Petersburg. In the 1860s the collection numbered 260,000 book volumes.The collection was growing constantly, and a much needed new building was constructed in 1891-1894 at Krakowskie Przedmieście. Before the outbreak of World War I the collection had grown to 610,000 volumes.During the war some of the most precious books and manuscripts were taken away to Rostov-on-Don by fleeing tsarist authorities. After the 1921 Treaty of Riga, most of the works were returned to Poland. During World War II part of the collection was damaged by fire.
One of the most interesting buildings in Warsaw and a rare example of good postmodern architecture. Exploring the buliding and having a stroll through the rooftop garden is a nice experience.
Impressive architecture with amazing garden on the roof, well supplied book shoop, a few coffee shops and restaurants. All facilities handy for students or visitors hungry knowledge :-)
Great view and nice garden. I piece of positive energy in the heart of cold and unaffable city.