London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Conference Venue, Warsaw

The ELLiE Seminar will be held in the conference suite on the top floor of the University of Warsaw library:

Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie

ul. Dobra 56/66, 00-312 Warszawa, Poland

The University of Warsaw Library is situated not far from the city centre - in Powisle district in the vicinity of the Old Town and Vistula river, just 10 minutes walking distance from the main campus of the University of Krakowskie Przedmiescie and the Royal Route.  There is a convenient bus connection.  Four buses - 118, 150, 506, E-6 - stop right next to the Library.  It is very easy to get there from the airport or from other outlying suburbs (travel to Krakowskie Przedmiescie and walk down the escarpment to the library).

About the Library building

The Library is located between Wisla (Vistula) river and the main Campus of the University. The building was designed by architects Marek Budzynski and Zbigniew Badowski and opened on the 15th of December 1999.

The building consists of two parts: the front crescent-shaped edifice designed for commercial purposes (shops, cafes, offices) and the main 6-storey building. Both parts are connected by a passageway covered with a glazed roof. Reinforced concrete, glass and steel are distinctive features of the Library’s architecture. Interior design is also very minimalist – all technical installations (air conditioning, pipes) are not hidden. A white suspended ceiling is used mostly in the reading areas for acoustic reasons. The Library’s furnishing, designed especially for the interior, is made from steel, glass and concrete, too. The dominating colour is grey. Only the upper part is green (the glass-supporting structure). Other colours are “painted” by books and people. The building of the Library is surrounded by green. The façade carrying a huge elevated inscription “BIBLIOTEKA UNIWERSYTECKA”  is divided by 4 entrances leading to the passage. Under the inscription there are 8 big copper panels (4 to 7 metres) presenting the realms of knowledge, memory and writing. There are excerpts from Polish Renaissance poet Jan Kochanowski, from Plato, from Arabic and Indian classics and from the Bible. There is a score by composer Karol Szymanowski (his works are in the Music Collection) and a sample of mathematical formulas. 

The Library Garden

The UW Library garden, designed by Irena Bajerska, was opened on June 12, 2002. It is one of the largest and most beautiful roof gardens in Europe with an area of more than 10,000 sq m, and plants covering 5,111 sq m. As the university garden it is open to the public every day. It is a perfect resting place not only for Warsaw University students and employees but for all other people. The garden consists of two parts: an upper and lower garden. Both are connected by a stream and cascade of water.         
Adapted from Library website


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