The American Studies Center Library has been collecting humanities and social science publications on the United States of America since 1976.
Drawing on long-term financial support from numerous US institutions and foundations (including USIA, Peace Corps, Mellon Foundation, Sabre Foundation), we have built the largest American studies collection in Poland, which is further enhanced by interlibrary loans (including from U.S. Library of Congress, Indiana University Library, Kent State University Library, University of Kansas Library, and the University of Pittsburgh Library System). In 2017, the collection of the UW Center for Latin American Studies (CESLA) was added to the ASC Library holdings. The Library is open access and uses the Dewey Decimal System.
Liliana Kontny, tel. (22) 55333 31
Andrzej Barczewski, tel. (22) 55333 32
Olena Ostrowska, tel. (22) 55333 30
Katarzyna Tomaszewska (CESLA collection), tel. (22) 55333 30
The Library is open Monday through Friday.
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ASC UW Library rules
The library of the American Studies Center is a scientific library which, together with the University Library in Warsaw (BUW) and other libraries of organizational units of the University of Warsaw, forms a common University Library and Information System.
According to the Regulations of the Library and Information System of the University of Warsaw of 20 June 2020, all libraries of the System make their collections available to students, doctoral students and employees of the University of Warsaw according to uniform rules (https://monitor.uw.edu.pl/Lists/Uchway/Attachments/5446/M.2020.249.Zarz.116.pdf).
The collection of the UW American Studies Center Library in the reading room can be used by all interested persons. Readers have free access to the entire book collection, which is arranged by subject area according to the Dewey Decimal Classification.
The Reading Room provides access to:
- Books and magazines (books removed from shelves should be put in the cart)
- Microfilms and microfiches
- Teaching materials and readings (on electronic media) for classes currently offered at ASC
- Materials brought in from other libraries
A scanner is available free of charge on site in the Reading Room. Persons who wish to reproduce library materials are required to comply with applicable copyright laws.
The Reading Room has a separate room (“SOCIAL AREA”) for group work.
Registration for the UW ASC Library is done in the borrowing room of the University Library in Warsaw (ul. Dobra 55/56) on the basis of a valid employee, doctoral student or student card issued by the appropriate UW authorities. For details, visit the BUW website under “REGISTRATION” (https://www.buw.uw.edu.pl/informacje-praktyczne/jak-korzystac/zapisy/).
The reader is required to notify the Library immediately of any change in address information, telephone number, or name change.
Borrowing is done on the basis of a library card issued by BUW or a student’s electronic ID card or a UW employee’s ID card or UW employee’s electronic ID card.
The following persons are eligible to borrow books:
- Employees and doctoral students of the University of Warsaw – 30 volumes for 90 days
- students of the University of Warsaw and students of post-graduate studies conducted at the UW – 20 volumes for 30 days
A reader may be granted a borrowing extension if there are no other people waiting for the book. Renewals can be done independently online (by logging into your library account on the following website: https://chamo.buw.uw.edu.pl ) or by checking in person at the ASC Library before the volume return deadline. The book can be renewed no more than five times, for 30 days each time.
The borrower will be financially responsible for damage or loss of the book.
The following sanctions apply for failure to return borrowed books by the due date:
- suspension of borrowing in all UW Library and Information System libraries
- special fee of PLN 0.40, per volume, for each day beyond the established return date. Payment of the fine shall be made only by wire transfer to the ASC account:
17 1160 2202 0000 0000 6084 9762
University of Warsaw – American Studies Center
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
In the “Title” section, write – library fine
An automatic transfer confirmation should be sent to the library’s email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) in pdf format.
ASC library catalogues
ASC Library holdings are catalogued in the following ways:
- The local digital catalogue (Micro-VTLS) covers the entire collection related to the United States (but not the Latin American CESLA collection). It is available on site only at the ASC Library.
- Main Library catalogue (BUW) covers the holdings pertaining to Latin American (former CESLA collection) also 80% of books about the USA (as September 2021). The library continues retroconversion (cataloging books into the BUW’s catalog).
- Card catalogue covers periodicals and microfilms.
- Print indexes cover special holdings, e.g., the author title, and subject index of The Microbook Library of American Civilization and the subject index of the The New York Times School Microfilm Collection.
ASC library holdings
The ASC Library holds primarily books in English:
- Books – 40160 volumes (as at 31 Dec. 2020).
- Periodicals (print copies, multi-year series, e.g., American Historical Review (1939-2012), American Literature (1960-2010), American Political Science Review (1974-2010), Atlantic Monthly (1981-2018), Foreign Affairs (1961-2014), Journal of American History (1964-2007), New York Review of Books (1981-2018), Cuadernos Americanos (1987-2015), European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (1989-2017).
- Microforms (miniature photographs of printed texts on film or plastic fiches:
- microfiches – e.g., The New York Times 1986-1990; the unique collection Library of American Civilization, whichincludes sources (documents, letters, memoirs, paper clippings, maps), monographs, reproductions of art works etc. Pertaining to the US and published in the US between mid-18th century and 1914. The optical technology used is responsible for a single microfiche containing up to a thousand pages of print. A print index allows you to search byauthor, title, key word, and subject area.
- microfilms – e.g., Atlantic Monthly (1857-1935), American Popular Culture (1897-1949), Harper’s Weekly (1857-1916), New York Times School Microfilm Collection (wybór z lat 1851-1979), The Yale Review (1934-1982).
- Audiovisual materials:
- video films – educational series, features, television programs
- transparencies – the collection covers primarily US architecture, film, theatre, literature, history, and visual arts.
TASC faculty and students can access UW online resources via the BUW (Main Library) website.
All ASC Library patrons may access online resources from computers located in the ASC Library. Also recommended:
- Library of Congress,
- John F. Kennedy Institute Library (Berlin),
- Making of America (MOA) (digital collection of source materials on US social history up to the Reconstruction, including in education, psychology, sociology, religion, science, and technology).
- Ehistory (a joint project by Ohio State University Department of History, The Harvey Goldberg Program for Excellence in Teaching, and Web Media Collective of Ohio State University, grouping together source materials on US history).
- “Ask Now” Service of the Los Angeles Public Library (this library website makes it possible toput a search question to a librarian on duty 24/7).