Welcome to the library

The Library of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design houses over 13,000 publications placed on shelves the combined length of which is equivalent to six times the length of an Olympic swimming pool.

These include specialised books and magazines on art and design in their broadest sense. Many of them are unique items, available in single copies. Some are imported from abroad. In many cases, these are the only copies available in the country. The collection also includes publications with unique forms designed by artists. They have unusual solutions concerning typography, illustrations, innovative forms of covers, sewing applied or paper used. The Library's special collections include a collection of posters (e.g. by Roman Kalarus, Michał Kliś, Tadeusz Grabowski) and prints (e.g. by Eugenia Gortschakova, Andrzej Basaj, Jan Szmatloch). There are also works by illustrators and writers of books for the youngest readers, including a set of children's books by Janosch. Archival materials take up several metres of space on the shelves. These include collections of writings, matrices and posters relating to the activities of prof. Maciej Bieniasz.

The library is also a meeting place for book lovers. It has hosted talks with Dorota Masłowska, Andrzej Tomaszewski, Wojciech Wilczyk, as well as Jadwiga and Janusz Tryzno.


  • Virtual Library

    Imagine this... you're lying on the beach, relaxing in a meadow or on the couch and at the same time reading an academic text in English on your laptop or phone.... seems impossible? And yet... the only condition is to have a reader account in the Library of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Once logged in, you can access the world's knowledge resources: electronic databases as well as electronic journals and academic publications. It is also a significant tool for projects, dissertations and research works. For students, doctoral students, and researchers.

    You can access the content online with your AFA Katowice Library user login and password.

    Recommended resources:

    Provides access to a variety of electronic full-text journals, books, and newspapers.

    Springer Link
    Journals, including 2235 current titles with all available issues since 1997 and older archives for about 1,000 journals. In addition, approx. 137,000 e-books published between since 1888.

    Wiley Online Library
    Database containing a collection of articles from current journals with issues since 1997 in the arts and related fields, including humanities and social sciences.

    Science Direct (Elsevier)
    Electronic versions of Elsevier journals made available as a database. The database contains 1819 full-text journals, totaling over 10 million articles and chapters from books. Elsevier's national license also includes selected book packages purchased in 2015 and 2016: 1,712 monographs from 2013 and 2014 as well as 803 volumes of book series or tutorial series from 2011-2015.
    Nature journal, issues since 2010
    Science journal, issues since 1997

    Search engine for journals available under national license. Website in Polish; search for the name of the journal you are interested in.

    Field browser and search engine for books available under national licenses. Website in Polish – select the field you are interested in in the " wybierz dziedzinę" field

    National archive with current resources and daily updates of Elsevier, Springer and Wiley journals, Springer books from 2004, 2005 and 2009-2011 and Wiley books from 2009 and 2015, plus archives of ACS and IEEE consortium licenses and Polish open resources.

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