General Information

The Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS Library is a specialized scientific library with a rich collection of books in chemistry, physics, and related sciences. The majority of the collection is in languages other than Polish, mainly in English. We are a community library, open to all those who share an interest in the subject matter of our collection.

The Library collection includes

  • Approx. 31,000 volumes (books);
  • Approx. 37,000 copies of continuing resources publications (journals);
  • Approx. 900 journal titles (20 current subscriptions);
  • Approx. 600 doctoral and habilitation dissertations;
  • Approx. 32,000 specialized collection items (microfilms, microfiches, CDs);
  • On-line access to 33 databases (including approx. 6,800 e-journals and 51,000 e-books).

Link to the Library Catalogue

Link to the digital repository of doctoral and habilitation dissertations (RCIN)

The reading room

The reading room is open between 10 AM and 1 PM.

For persons external to the Institute, there is access to all library materials in the reading room, as well as through inter-library loans.

Inter-library loan service

The service is available during Library opening hours. The service can order various types of publications not available in our collection for Institute employees. Telephone: (22) 343 31 39, e-mail:

Science evaluation

The Library is in charge of the science evaluation and research assessment in the Institute, in particular the scientific publications. More information on this subject, along with guides and forms for employees can be found on the Intranet in the Science section and on the Library website.

Open Access

Information concerning the open-access publication of research papers can be found on the Library website.


Open Access news:

  • As of January 2023, there are three free-of-charge open-access publishing programs operating: Elsevier, Springer and Royal Society of Chemistry. The list of the available journals in the Elsevier program is now smaller (details on the Library website).

  • ACS and IoP free open-access publishing programs remain suspended.

  • The Institute of Physical Chemistry introduced a new Policy on Open Science. Open Science Project (PON) has been created to support funding open-access publications. New regulations can be found in the Science section of the Intranet.

You can find more information on Open Access publishing on the Library website.

IPC PAS Library website