The Library of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews collects publications on history, culture, religion, heritage of Jews in the territories of pre-WWII Poland as well as other countries in the diaspora and Israel, literature in Polish, English and other languages, catalogues of exhibitions devoted to Polish Jews, museology and other subjects pertaining to historical memory and heritage from museums all over the world.
The library collects primarily contemporary publications, both scholarly and popular science, journals (we take out subscriptions to academic and popular science periodicals dedicated to both Jewish and museum related subjects) as well as old prints, ephemeral prints, brochures and copies of unpublished doctoral and master theses. We also hold audio-visual, electronic and multimedia collection.
Currently, the book collection amounts to 15,000 volumes in approximately 20 languages.
Search of the library holdings available at the Resource Centre and in the library storage is possible through the library catalogue available online.
Ordering library holdings from the storage is made possible at the Resource Centre. It takes up to 180 minutes to realise the order.
Due to renovation works on 21-23 August, there will be no access to the Resource Center book collection. From 24 August till 31 October, you will be able to order books by filling in a call slip no later than 3PM at the Resource Center. Orders placed later than 3PM will be ready on the following day. The books ordered shall be delivered within 180 minutes.
We encourage you to use the book collection available at the Resource Centre. It totals 2,600 volumes arranged according to the following thematic fields:
- Bibliographies, inventories
- Encyclopaedias, lexicons
- Regional history
- Jewish history
- Diaries, accounts
- Linguistic dictionaries
- The Holocaust
We also invite you to use the book collection available at the King Matt’s Family Education Centre and at the Menora InfoPoint at 2 Grzybowski Square.
The book collection of the Family Education Centre contains over 500 books and films, amongst them books by Janusz Korczak, Julian Tuwim, Jan Brzechwa, Stanisław Wygodzki, the Themersons with magnificent illustrations by Franciszka Themerson, as well as beautifully published books by Israeli, Swedish and French female and male writers available in Polish, English and Hebrew. At the King Matt’s one can also watch fantastic films, both Polish and foreign, dedicated to the issues of adventure and friendship. We have divided the collection into the following thematic fields:
- Fairy tales and stories
- Jewish holidays
- Jewish languages
- Civic education
- Second World War
- Janusz Korczak
- Educational materials
At the Menora InfoPoint we provide publications devoted to the Jewish cuisine, the architecture of the Warsaw Ghetto, the City of Warsaw and POLIN Museum as well as albums and guidebooks.
We invite people interested in making a donation for the Library of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews to visit the Resource Centre, having made prior arrangement with:
(+48) 22 471 03 49