Special Collections Reading Room

The Special Collections Reading Room is closed during the epidemic!

The Reading Room provides access to:

  • old prints – books and journals published up to 1800,
  • handwritten collections (manuscripts and typescripts),
  • Lviv Theatre Library collection (manuscripts, typescripts, prints),
  • the bibliophile collection of Roman Chrząstowski – a collection of books, manuscripts, ephemeral and bibliophile prints,
  • cartography (maps, plans, atlases),
  • iconographic documents (graphic materials, photographs, postcards, bookplates),
  • pamphlets up to 1960 (posters and other documents of social life),
  • music collections (sheet music and sound recordings),
  • film collections (posters, feature and documentary films),
  • medals and badges (card catalogue in the reading room),
  • rare book collection – particularly valuable prints published since the beginning of the 19th century and books with the authors’ autographs,
  • textbook collection mainly in the field of bibliology (book history, manuscript studies) and art history, theatre studies, musicology and film studies.

Location symbols in the Integra electronic catalogue: ZS, CF, BM

Readers have stations for listening to recordings and watching films, as well as a computer station at their disposal.

Special Collections Reading Room
plac Rady Europy 1, 40-021 Katowice

tel.: (+48) 32 20 83 717
e-mail: zbiory.specjalne@bs.katowice.pl

  • Online Exhibitions

    These are virtual thematic collections presenting selected stationary exhibitions or presenting library collections, including documents and objects. The collections are constantly supplemented with presentations, multimedia shows and photocasts.

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