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)


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: and (Arleta Nierychlewska).

Open Access

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

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.


The reading-room is open to employees of the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Chemipan between 11 AM and 1 PM. Other users are dealt with remotely. Before entering the library, please remember to disinfect your hands and put on a face mask. Only two people at a time are allowed into the library premises. You are most welcome!

The possibility of publishing free of charge in the Royal Chemical Society (RSC) Open Access programme has been temporaly suspended until a new licence (for 2021) is signed. You will be informed about the restart of the programme.

A new SciFinder-n platform has been launched.
User accounts and access rules are the same in the both versions.
More information on Scifinder-n website.

From 24th May to 24th June we have a trial access to AccessEngineering McGraw-Hill database.

You can find more details on the Library website.

IPC PAS Library website