Reading rooms

Main Reading Room czytelnia@bu.umk.pl tel.(+48 56) 611 4405, 2nd Floor

The Main Reading Room houses a large general reference collection including encyclopedias, Polish and foreign dictionaries, directories. The Main Reading Room collection is organized according to the NCU Library systematic classification. Here readers can access items (books and periodicals) hold in the storages. Materials other than those in the Main Reading Room open stacks and the Open Access Collection require ordering online. Materials are waiting for readers for 3 days in the shelf.

In the Main Reading Room there are computers with access to the electronic journals and data bases on the NCU Network. You can access materials ordered through the Interlibrary Loan service here.

The Reading Room has a self-service photocopier and microfilm reader station, you can use it in the place. The librarian will also accept your request for photocopies or digital copies to the private Photocopy Office PRESTO (ground floor), in this case, you will be asked to fill out the order form. You can also take a copy of your private equipment, Polish law allows for fair use.

Periodicals Reading Room czasopisma@bu.umk.pl tel.(+48 56) 611 4425, Ground Floor

The Periodicals Reading Room (Czytelnia Czasopism) offers access to over 3500 current periodicals. Among them are Polish and foreign titles, scientific periodicals, newspapers, government publications and microfilmed journals. Periodicals are arranged into main branches of knowledge.

Archived back issues of periodicals you should find in the NCU Library Catalog it can be ordered from the storage into the Periodicals Reading Room or Main Reading Room. Some periodicals can only be found online but in the Periodicals Card Catalog and must be ordered online too. At the bottom of the card you have the button Zamów, please push it to order the journal, login and fill the form, sent it to the storage.

The Reading Room has a self-service photocopier and microfilm reader stations, you can use it in the place. The librarian will also accept your request for photocopies or digital copies to the private Photocopy Office PRESTO (ground floor), in this case, you will be asked to fill out the order form. You can also take a copy of your private equipment, Polish law allows for fair use. In Periodicals Reading Room there are computers with access to the electronic journals and databases on the NCU Network. Ask librarians for help.

Pomeranian Collection Pracownia_pomorzoznawcza@bu.umk.pl tel.(+48 56) 611 4414, 2nd Floor

The Pomeranian Collection was established on Oct. 1, 1975 to meet the specific needs of local readers, those researching the history of Pomerania and the Baltic Sea countries. The collection currently houses over 22000 volumes, including prints published after 1800, of mostly scientific nature, presenting political, social and economic history, as well as culture, science, art, and history of church related issues.

Territorially, the collection encompasses Pomerania within its historical boundaries, Warmia and Masuria, Gdansk Pomerania and Culmerland, former East Prussia up to Klaipeda, as well as the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) and the Scandinavian countries.

The entire collection is open stacks, where items are arranged into clear and easy to understand section order. Remember, that these books and journals we do not lend home, you can only use them in the Pomerania Reading Room.

Special Collections Reading Room czyt_zs@bu.umk.pl tel.(+48 56) 611 4484, 2213, 3rd Floor

The Special Collections are an exceptionally valuable part of the NCU Library resources. All special holdings items are accessible only in the Reading Rooms on the third floor. The Special Collections Reading Room houses manuscripts, old prints, art prints, graphics, music scores, ephemera, gray literature and cartographic resources.

Relevant reference resources are now online, some of them in NCU Library Catalog, some in the Digital Card Catalogs. You may order photocopies or digital copies but only under control of our staff. Ask librarians for help, because it is not clear what can be borrowed, it all depends on the type of object. There is a fee for taking photos of the special resources.