The Library was founded together with
the Institute in the years of 19181920 as a result of combining
the books in the biological departments of the Warsaw Scientific
Nowadays the Library gathers books,
periodicals, microfilms and old prints. The collection amounts
24 776 vol. of books, including doctoral theses, and 1 477
titles of periodicals (45 832 vol.). It currently receives
215 periodicals, including 108 as a foreign subscription.
The Library exchanges 2 periodicals, published by the Nencki
Institute, with 37 contractors, in this with 32 from abroad.
The profile of the collection is connected with following
science fields: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry,
Ethology, Neurobiology, Psychophysiology.
The Library collection consists of the
traditional catalogues of books and periodicals, as well as
the on-line ones for years 19762004. It uses many databases:
Science Citation Index Expended, PubMed, Journal Citation
Reports. Moreover some periodicals can be read in on-line
The Library is the largest one in Poland
with respect to the biological literature, except for zoology
and botany. It is open to scientists and students from all
schools and institutes in the country.
The Nencki Institute Library is the
member of Scientific Institutes Cooperation in Warsaw, which
introduced the computer system "Horizon".