The library of the University of Zielona Góra is the largest academic library in the Lubuskie Province. It serves as a research information centre offering access the information on scientific achievements in Poland and abroad. It is a centre for academic education which constitutes a firm basis for research and study by organizing access to services and collections via traditional and modern methods - based on electronic sources and network resources. The entire Library holdings amount to 1,300,000 items of various documents and data storage items. Annually it serves over one million readers: about 400,000 in a traditional form and over 800,000 through a remote network access. It also offers free access to 250,000 books and periodicals.
The construction of a new building of the University Library was completed in December 2012. The building was designed by the Architectural Firm NOW from Łódź. The project, worth 30 million PLN, was to a large extent financed from the means of the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Lubuskie Regional Operational Program. This modern, multifunctional building of interesting architecture has five over-ground and one underground floor and offers a state-of-the-art system of book and multimedia lending and equally reliable safety and control systems. The building was built to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.
In the 2012 edition of the 'Lubuski Mister Budowy' Competition, the Library of the University of Zielona Góra was awarded the title of the best public building in the Lubuskie Province. The competition was organized by the Lubuska Chamber of Construction.
The interior and spatial design, the organization of library collections and services are an example of the practical realization of the popular idea of an open library without architectural and organizational barriers, offering free access to the collections and services. In the new facility there are about 600 places for individual and group work, training sessions, seminars, teaching classes, scientific conferences, cultural events and artistic activities. The public access zone includes among others a multifunctional conference room, an art gallery, a recreation and social area. The specialized free-access collections, i.e. the open library, are arranged on four floors. There are also library labs, conference, multimedia and computer rooms, a multimedia library, specialist reading rooms, rooms for individual and group work, self-service lending and return desks. One of the novelties is the self-service lending room and the and the radio frequency system of collection protection (RFID). It is a modern hybrid library, proficiently combining the real and virtual area of its activity.
The PROLIB complex system of collection management, which is used at the Library, allows for full automation of library processes related to the acquisition, development and circulation of all library materials.
The Library employees have acquired and manage full-text, bibliographic, abstract and bibliometric e-databases in exact sciences, engineering, economics, humanities and social sciences. They organize the access to 51 e-bases and publishers' services, including the e-journals of Elsevier, Springer, Kluwer, Academic Press, Wiley & Blackwell, Oxford, Cambridge, the resources of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the ACM Digital Library, PWN publications, the multidisciplinary bases of EBSCO, PROQUEST, Mathematical Review, Inspec, Istor, the Web of Knowledge citation indexing and search service, Scopus, Lex Wolters Kluwer, as well as patent and law databases. They also continue the access to software tools for database management. Through the VPN service they also offer access to external electronic resources.
In 2005 the Zielona Góra Digital Library (ZBC) started its functioning. It offers broad remote access to various sources of knowledge, educational resources, and digital copies of the monuments of writing, art collections and regional materials. ZBC presents its collections in many projects including the European digital library Europeana – the database of the cultural and scientific resources of European libraries, museums and archives, the Manuscriptorium project – the largest database of digitalized documents of Europe's cultural heritage as well as in many other repositories and scientific portals. With the blind students and their educational needs in mind, since 2011 the Zielona Góra Digital Library For Blind People has been developed here, the first dLibra-based repository.
The University Library together with other academic libraries forms the database of Polish specialist journals BazTech, the digital portal of network resources in engineering BazTol and the computer record of academic publications of the University employees SKEP. The Library also accommodates the Regional Centre For Normalization and Patent Information.
The Library resources include 20,000 items in special collections of high cultural and artistic value: manuscripts, early printed books, 19th-c. books and periodicals, items of cartographic materials, early and contemporary graphics items, posters, bookplates, postcards, fine-art photography items, alphabet books, samizdats, and other valuable individual publications. The Library also houses the Conservation Workshop of Early Printed Collections.
The Art Portfolio, which was established in 2002, has organized nearly 80 exhibitions and meetings with artists. These are public presentations, debates, discussions and disputes on the main issues of contemporary art. The Art Portfolio's collections include works of graphic art and painting by the most eminent contemporary Polish and foreign artists. The Library also runs a professional Art Gallery, which is highly acclaimed in the Polish artistic community.
The University Library:
al. Wojska Polskiego 71
65 – 762 Zielona Góra
phone: 68 328 21 21