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 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! 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:

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.


On May 7th 2022 SciFinder-n will replace the previous version SciFinder database.  

For users registered in the previous version, the login details remain the same.

Information about the database is available on the Library's website in the Databases section.

Open Access news:

  • The open publishing program under the Springer 2019-2021 national license has been closed (the pool for 2021 has been exhausted). The new program pool for 2022 will be determined during the negotiations of a new agreement with the publisher and will be launched after the financing by MEiN and the signing of a new agreement, probably in March or April 2022.
    Authors whose articles have been approved after the quota has been exhausted will receive information from the publisher about the possibility of publishing such articles in the subscription model or in the open Access model at the expense of the author.

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

IPC PAS Library website