Exhibit loans - The National Library


Exhibit loans

The National Library of Poland loans items from its collections for exhibition purposes across the country and around the world.

Requests for loans are considered on an individual basis. If you wish to request a loan, please complete the form Request for loan of items from the collections of the National Library (only for Polish institutions). We use this form to decide whether the loan is possible or not. In the case of exhibitions outside Poland and objects of particular historical value, the institution requesting the loan must submit a full Facility Report.

Please send requests for loans, together with the completed Request for loan form and/or Facility Report, to the Director of the National Library.

Requests for loans should be submitted at least six months before the planned opening of the exhibition. In the case of books and newspapers published before 1801, three months may be sufficient.

Items are loaned on the basis of a loan agreement to be signed by the organisers of the exhibition and the National Library of Poland. The National Library loan items on condition that the necessary security and exhibition conditions can be guaranteed, taking into account relevant regulations and conservators' recommendations regarding the items in question.

The mission of the National Library of Poland is to preserve the national literary heritage of Poland in perpetuity. For this reason the Library generally only loans items to exhibitions where the items in question are not available from any other institution.

There is no charge for exhibit loans. The borrowing institution bears any costs relating to preparing the items for exhibition and ensuring appropriate conditions, plus any costs resulting directly from the loan, as specified in the loan agreement.

Digital copies of copyright materials may only be loaned where the borrower submits confirmation of consent from the copyright holder.

Please contact

Zakład Wypożyczania Krajowego i Zagranicznego
// National and International Loans Department 
Biblioteka Narodowa
al. Niepodległości 213
02-086 Warszawa // Warsaw, Poland

Kamila Csernak
tel. (22) 608 22 52
e-mail: k.csernak@bn.org.pl