The Academic Information Centre and Academic Library of the Silesian University and University of Economics in Katowice

The Academic Information Centre and Academic Library is a joint project of the Silesian University and the University of Economics in Katowice. It meets 21st-century standards and provides an improvement in the quality of teaching by increasing the research potential and availability of academic literature in the region. It also strengthens the role of the university in international academic relations.

The library is a so-called hybrid library, where all types of documents are made available, irrespective of the type of media on which they are recorded: books, magazines, databases, electronic texts, audio-visual materials, multimedia materials and collections adjusted to the needs of special groups of users (e.g. handicapped persons). Furthermore, the centre also houses a conference room and the exhibition annex functions as the intellectual salon for the city and the region.

Characteristics of the facility
The new library building consists of two rectangular structures: the larger one, with 3 floors, has dimensions of 63.75 m by 46.25 m. The smaller one, built above it, also has 3 floors with a size of 48.75 m by 16.25 m.

On the ground floor, there is the main hall with adjoining reading rooms and a book lending room, a conference room, a teaching room, a café and adjoining facilities. Two floors were assigned for book collections, main reading rooms and facilities for library and administrative employees. The smaller section of the building accommodates facilities for the employees of the book collection and rooms with untypical and protected collections.

Date of signing the agreement: 7th of August 2009.
Date of contract completion: 7th of July 2011.

The Kraków Division of the Southern Region of Mostostal Warszawa was responsible for the contract.

  • Investor: Silesian University in Katowice
  • Contractor: Mostostal Warszawa S.A.
  • Contract value: PLN 52.98 million
  • Implementation period: 2009-2011.
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