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About the Library

The AGH University Main Library is an auxiliary organizational unit of the University. It forms the basis of the AGH University library and information system, co-creating it with branch  libraries of other university units.

It serves as a publicly accessible scientific library and a center for scientific and technical information. The goal is to ensure resource accessibility to all user groups, including individuals with special needs, by eliminating architectural barriers and providing specialized equipment and software. In terms of collection size, it is the second-largest library in Krakow, following the Jagiellonian Library, and one of the largest technical libraries in the country.

The thematic scope of the collection gathered by the Main Library aligns with the research areas and study programs conducted at the University. It includes topics such as electrical engineering, automation, electronics, space technologies, biomedical engineering, computer science, telecommunications, mechanical engineering, robotics, energy, mining, civil engineering, drilling, metallurgy, geology, geophysics, environmental engineering, surveying, materials engineering, ceramics, chemical engineering, management, mathematics, physical sciences, chemical sciences, social communication and media, management sciences, and quality sciences.

The types of collections in the Main Library include books (printed and electronic), journals (printed and electronic), and special collections (standards, patent descriptions, cartographic documents, doctoral theses, trade literature, manuscripts, and incunabula).

The primary sources of information about the library collection are the AGH University online catalogue and the AGH University Main Library card catalogue  for older publications. The Main Library's collections can be used on-site, borrowed for external use, and accessed through interlibrary loans.

Employees and students of AGH University have access to licensed e-resources from anywhere in the world through a proxy server. This is not possible for sources whose licenses or technical limitations do not allow it. The condition for using the service is having an active account in the Main Library.

The Library in numbers


As of 2022

Traditional collections:

  • 445 514 book volumes,
  • 148 508 journal volumes,
  • 341 879 special collections units,
  • 101 journal titles currently subscribed.


  • 279 825 books,
  • 7 493 journals,
  • 100 databases.


As of 2022:

  • 17 727 registered users,
  • 8 065 actively borrowing,
  • 99 288 visiting the Library,
  • 12 1945 loans for home,
  • 1 929 loans for reading rooms,
  • 20 7612 E-resource remote access sessions.


  • floor area 4,768 m2,
  • 280 places for users,
  • 6 places for people with special needs,
  • 62 computers for users,
  • 2 scanners for users,
  • 2 self-checkout machines for borrowing by itself,
  • book drop.