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About the library

The Polish Library POSK

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The Polish Library POSK in London is a research library specializing in the collection of Polonica, especially Polish émigré publications of all kinds: books, periodicals and newspapers as well as archives, manuscripts and photographs. It was founded in 1942 by the Polish émigré government and has belonged to the Polish Social and Cultural Centre since 1967.
 

Our most important collections include: 

  • books in Polish or about Poland published outside of Poland since the beginning of World War II
  • one of the largest collections of Underground and Solidarity publications
  • The Joseph Conrad collection
  • bulletins, newsletters, manuscripts and archives of émigré organizations
  • personal archives of notable émigrés
  • major collection of historic photographs
  • smaller collections of maps, printed music and ex libris.
The Polish Library POSK in London is the primary source of research and information on émigré social history and culture since the end of II World War.
 

Address and contact details
 
238-246 King Street
London W6 0RF
Nearest tube stations: Ravenscourt Park (District Line) or Hammersmith (Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines)
Tel: (0044) 20 8741 0474, (0044) 20 8742 6402 (lending library)
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Research Library

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 1000am – 430pm

 

Free for researchers of the Library's manuscripts and other archival materials.

Computer terminals and laptop connection available.

Please phone in advance to arrange with Librarian.

Reference Library

Opening hours:
Monday and Wednesday: 1000am – 800pm
Friday: 1000am – 500pm

Free for users of the Library's reference books, periodicals and other materials.
Laptop connection available.

Lending Library

Opening hours:
Monday and Wednesday: 1000am – 800pm
Friday: 1000am – 500pm
Saturday: 1000am – 100pm
 
Annual membership fee: £15.00; £10.00 for pensioners.
Membership available to everyone on submission of proof of identity and address.