The Center's fast-growing library contains a wide range of books relevant to the history of East Central Europe in general and to the region’s urban history in particular.

The Center follows the most recent publications from the world’s leading publishing houses, and regularly replenishes its collection with urban studies-related books, as well as publications in history and humanities in general. Apart from a strong section of Polish and Ukrainian books on the history of Lviv and Galicia, a large majority of books is in English and German and cannot be found in other libraries in Lviv or even Ukraine. By making current literature available to readers in Ukraine we hope to provide a new impetus to the local scientific community to develop their research in urban history and urban studies.

Part of the library is dedicated to classic works in urban history. More recent literature includes works dealing with Western metropolises. A separate section is dedicated to cities of East Central Europe (Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Russia, Belarus). A growing percentage of books reflect the increased interest in urban history in the region. A section of books dealing with Lviv (written mostly in Ukrainian or Polish) offers the readers a wide spectrum of publications – from guidebooks to architecture-themed monographs and memoirs. It should be noted that the library includes books published in prewar Lviv, many of which deal with the city itself.

Not limited to the main sphere of our research interests, urban history and studies, the library also holds other specialized sections. One of these is dedicated to urban life in Galicia, particularly in a number of smaller cities and towns that are situated in today’s Ukraine. A separate section is dedicated to the history and culture of East Central European Jews. This section includes both works that have already become classics, and the most recent contributions to Jewish studies, mostly in the English language. Much attention is paid to those spheres of research that have special relevance today: Gender and Visual studies, Museum Studies, history of everyday life, sports, cultural anthropology.

The library is supplemented by a special section "Digital Materials". This encompasses the Center’s collections of printed images and non-printed audio-visual materials on the history of the towns and cities of East Central Europe. The collection includes photographs, postcards, lithographs, all manner of video and audio materials in various formats, drawn from private collections and state archives.

The library catalogue is accessible online. To search the online catalogue, please click here.

The library is open to the public. The users of the library must fill in a form that obliges them to follow the rules and regulations of the library. The Center's Library Usage Rights are available here.

If you wish, you can pre-order a book from the Center for Urban History library. The order takes several days. We do not sell books. The Center for Urban History’s library is a reading room, where everyone can freely use the books, but only in the Center. Regarding the purchase of any books, please visit the city’s bookstores. As for all the details, the library administrator will contact you. 

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm.

For any questions regarding the library, please address the library administrator Mariana Maksymiak, under