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Basic characteristic of the Main Library of the Medical University of Warsaw

The Main Library's function is to provide access to materials for teaching, learning and research. 

Basic functions: to conserve, manage and develop a collection of unique and highly specialized material (print and electronic), provide access to national and world collections in the fields of medicine and science, and to register scientific publications of MUW staff.

Print collections: more than 300,000 volumes of print books as well as archives and current issues of 344 polish and international journals (hard copy).

  • Monograph publications: books and brochures related to Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Sociology, Psychology and other scientific Information.
  • Printed Periodicals: related to Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health and Allied Sciences journals as well as magazines, weekly journals and newspapers.

 Electronic collections:

  • over 27,000  international e-journals
  • more than 28,000 titles of electronic books:
  • Springer Links to e-books from Springer Publishing Company
  • Access Medicine to e-books from McGraw-Hill
  • e-books via ProQuest
  • Elsevier’s books via Clinical Key platform
  • i-buk.pl
Medical Databases

Special Collections: Bsc, Msc, PhD and habilitation theses, atlases, social sciences documents, audiovisual materials (CDs, DVDs), and old prints.

Main Library services: Information Desk, Reading Room, Lending Library, Self-Service Lending Library, Department of Scientific Information, Reprographic Service, and the Interlibrary Loan Desk.

Information technology facilities: 106 computers, 5 web-kiosks with access to the online catalog, 4 self-service copiers, and Wi-Fi access throughout the whole building.

Library Services for Persons with Disabilities: 

  • elevators with voice announcements
  • threshold doors
  • special library desks for users with physical disabilities
  • a web-kiosk with a height-adjustable desktop
  • an individual work room, for visually impaired users containing a computer equipped with magnifying software, screen reader and scanner that allows conversion of paper documents to audio and/or magnified versions, and computer keyboard equipped with Braille points and large lettering.
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