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):
    • 3 358 087 – record units in total including:
      • 2 175 486 – record units of books
      • 773 002 – record units of periodicals
      • 406 763 – record units of special collections
  • Resources (electronic material):
    • 195 databases of licensed e-resources
    • 267 719 – subscriptions of e-book titles
    • 7 656 – subscriptions of full-text e-journal titles
    • 2 217 052 – number of shared collections
    • 200 Kindle e-book readers of the eighth generation, donated by Amazon
  • Digital materials
    • 479 369 – UW Repository shared collections
    • 148 622 – digitized publications in Electronic UW Library e-bUW
    • 1 726 899 – number of e-bUW shared collections
    • 489 994 – scans published in e-bUW
  • Acquisitions:
    • 37 016 – books (in record units)
    • 5 457 – periodicals (in titles)
    • 28 108 – special collections (in record units)
  • Services:
    • 4 105 920 – number of bibliographic records in NUKAT catalogue, including 6 418 952 subject heading records
    • 12 hours a day, 5 days a week – availability of the online service. In total 451 information given
    • 386 279 – items borrowed
    • 494 609 – items borrowed for in-library use
    •  1681 – visitors guided
    • 2 247 – covers made of damaged books
    • 47 2019 – questions asked
    • 35 732 – questions asked at the Information Desk
  • User education:
    • 7 803 – freshmen students in instruction sessions at BUW
    • 5 959 – freshmen students in instruction sessions at the faculty libraries
    • 417 – participants of a library training in English for international students
  • People:
    • 115 004 – registered members
    • 21 779 – active library cardholders
    • 245 – employees at BUW
  • Locations:
    • 1 – BUW library
    • 41 – UW faculty libraries in 3 campuses
    • 1 – information point for international students

Data as of 31 December 2018.

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