Research Library

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Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 3pm

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Biblioteka Muzeum Okręgowego w Toruniu
ul. św. Jakuba 20A
87-100 Toruń
tel. (56) 660 56 04

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The Research Library of the District Museum in Toruń has been located in a renovated building at ul. Św. Jakuba 20A since 2010. It is also the home of the Department of Archaeology. The Research Library collects national and foreign publications in the field of history of art and culture (including materials related to non-European cultures – from the Far East, South America), archaeology, numismatics, museology, conservation, as well as all publications concerning Nicolaus Copernicus and Toruń, in the form of:

  • catalogues, guides and exhibition brochures that are rarely available in other libraries in Toruń;
  • encyclopaedias, lexicons, as well as language and biographical dictionaries (Polski Słownik Biograficzny [Polish Biographical Dictionary], vol.1-49, Toruński Słownik Biograficzny [Toruń Biographical Dictionary], vol. 1-6; Ulrich Thieme, Felix Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Bd. 1-37 [reprint]; Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. Die Bildenden Künstleraller Zeiten und Völker, Bd. 1- 79);
  • studies on history, in particular the history and iconography of Toruń (Steiner’s album, the first known guide to the Museum of 1917, Thorn in Mittelalter by Steinbrecht, and numerous publications of the Scientific Society in Toruń and the Society of Friends of Toruń);
  • analytical and summary publications in the field of art history (Polskie życie artystyczne w latach 1944-1960 [Polish artistic life in the years 1944 – 1960], vol. 1- 4, Warszawa 2012; Dzieje sztuki Torunia [History of the art of Toruń]);
  • publications on research results and conservation methods;
  • journals and magazines related to the Museum’s activities and collections, both older publications (a complete set of all issues of the “Sztuki Piękne” [Fine Arts] monthly from 1924-1933, most issues of the Mitteilungen des Coppernicus-Vereinsfür Wissenschaft and Kunst) and contemporary ones (Biuletyn Historii Sztuki [Bulletin of Art History], Spotkania z Zabytkami [Meetings with Monuments], Wiadomości Konserwatorskie [Conservation News]) .

All books are obtained through donations, purchases and exchanges with several dozen other museums and scientific institutions in Poland and abroad. At present, the library’s collections consists of nearly 35,000 volumes. It is possible to use the link on the Museum website (Libra 2009) to browse the list of new library acquisitions and its resources (alphabetical catalogue, searching for key words).

The library was created with the museum’s employees in mind, but all interested parties can use the collection on site. We will be glad to share our resources with you.

Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology is one of the oldest departments of the District Museum in Toruń. Archaeological objects have been collected in the Museum since the beginning of its existence, i.e. since 1861, when it was created as the City Museum (Städtisches Museum), and have always been an important and valuable part of the collection. Nowadays, its inventory books contain records of almost 200,000 objects.
The oldest part of the museum’s collections was established thanks to the activities of two Toruń scientific societies, the German Coppernicus-VereinfürWissenschaft und Kunst and the Scientific Society in Toruń. The collections of both these institutions were merged in 1930 as part of the City Museum in Toruń.
Urns with facial decorations (photo 1) constitute a particularly interesting category of objects. The District Museum in Toruń has one of the largest collections of such urns in Poland. The collection of objects from the Roman cemetery in Lachmirowice (Inowrocławpoviat) is particularly impressive. The population buried in this cemetery was connected with the Amber Road and most of the dead were probably responsible for protection of merchant caravans. Another particularly interesting type of objects are so-called “hedgehog” vessels (photo 2) imported from the territories of the Roman Empire. The museum has four such objects which has been discovered in Lachmirowice. It is the largest collection of such vessels in Poland.

In addition to the above-mentioned exhibits, the department’s collection includes also objects from all ages: from the Stone Age, through the Bronze Age, to the Iron Age. Their chronological and spatial diversity makes them a very valuable testimony to cultural changes taking place not only in the areas closest to Toruń, but also in the entire country. Fans of the Middle Ages and the modern period will not leave the department disappointed because a significant part of its collections consist of objects from those later periods, mostly related to Toruń. Aside from cataloguing and studying the collected objects and preparing exhibitions, the employees of the department conduct field research, supervise archaeological works conducted in Toruń and the surrounding area, participate in scientific sessions and conferences, write for scientific publications, as well as prepare and conduct educational activities. We invite you to participate in the educational cycles titled Summer Meetings with Archaeology and Through the Centuries and Continents. More information on both of these cycles can be found on the museum’s website: