Mission – BUW in numbers

Mission

  • The library provides scientific and educational support for the University of Warsaw staff and students, at the same time making the collections available to all entitled persons, in accordance with the regulations. We strive to improve the visibility of our resources on the web and to promote them effectively and globally. BUW integrates information about the collections of UW libraries.
  • It collects files in electronic and paper form. It uses unique historical, artistic and other special collections for scientific, educational and popularizing purposes.
  • It applies new technologies. Taking care of the development of IT infrastructure and modern library systems, it provides access to excellent search tools, strengthening users’ information competences.
  • It builds organizational culture in an atmosphere of friendly cooperation. It takes care of the employees’ identification with the library’s goals while providing them with the possibility of individual development and constant improvement of their qualifications.
  • It cooperates with UW units and various scientific and cultural institutions. BUW creates its own research, educational and cultural offer. It reaches an increasing number of users, including young audience at primary school age.

(source: document Strategy of the University of Warsaw Library (BUW) for years 2015-2018)

BUW in numbers

  • Resources (printed material):
    • 3 313 436 – record units in total including:
      • 2 142 296 – record units of books
      • 763 218 – record units of periodicals
      • 407 302 – record units of special collections
  • Resources (electronic material):
    • 176 databases of licensed e-resources
    • 232 872 – subscriptions of e-book titles
    • 148 655 – subscriptions of e-journal titles
    • 3 393 816 – number of shared collections
    • 200 Kindle e-book readers of the eighth generation, donated by Amazon
  • Use of fulltext articles
    • 441 614 – UW Repository shared collections
    • 331 476 – digitized publications in Electronic UW Library e-bUW
    • 21 244 547 – entries to e-bUW
    • 1 570 129 – number of e-bUW shared collections
    • 489 994 – scans published in e-bUW
  • Acquisitions:
    • 50 373 – books (in record units)
    • 5900 – periodicals (in titles)
    • 28 108 – special collections (in record units)
  • Services:
    • 65 999 – entries of copies made (books and special collections) in UW Libraries online catalogue
    • 3 827 954 – number of bibliographic records in NUKAT catalogue, including 3 943 563 subject heading records
    • 12 hours a day, 5 days a week – availability of the online service Ask us: 286 chats, 247 emails. In total 533 information given
    • 406 113 – items borrowed
    • 582 930 – items borrowed for in-library use
    • 911 – interlibrary loans
    • 1428 – visitors guided
    • 2 215 – covers made of damaged books
    • 47 2019 – questions asked
    • 38 027 – questions asked at the Information Desk
  • User education:
    • 1236 – participants of the “Write a scientific text with us” training
    • 5 588 – freshmen students in instruction sessions at BUW
    • 8 477 – freshmen students in instruction sessions at the faculty libraries
    • 165 – participants of a library training in English for foreigner students
  • People:
    • 164 540 – registered members
    • Active library cardholders
      • 24 274 – members registered in 2017
      • 12 460 – UW students members of BUW
      • 244 – employees at BUW
  • Locations:
    • 1 – BUW library
    • 41 – UW faculty libraries in 3 campuses
    • 1 – information point for foreigner students

Data as of 31 December 2017.

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