General information:

The Library at the Center for Urban History was founded in 2007 and since then has been open to a wide audience. We track the latest research in the fields of urban history, urban planning, the history of Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and in achievements made in the humanities. Our collection consists of printed works as well as digitized audio-video and visual materials. Our visitors are primarily researchers, teachers, students, guides and historians, but also many history connoisseurs. We make access to the latest literature possible, to empower the local academic community to develop new topics and directions for researching urban history.


A large part of the collection consists of publications related to urban history which reflect the research interests of the Center. There is a separate section of publications on Lviv. In addition to books on the history of East Central Europe of the XIX-XX centuries, we offer the latest research publications in the field of public history, city heritage, Judaism, gender and visual studies, museum studies, and on the history of everyday life. The library has a separate collection of digitized visual, audio-visual materials related to the history of cities and towns in Central and Eastern Europe that are part of the Center's "Urban Media Archive" . The library's collection contains books, periodicals, textbooks, photocopies and digitized materials. The library regularly augments its collection.

Online catalog:

The Library catalog is available at the Center for Urban History's web site. To see it, click here. An on-line search field facilitates the use of the catalog. In the upper right corner, there is a search box where you can type the name of the book, author or keyword.

How to use the library:

Using the library is free. Using the library is not mired in complicated bureaucratic procedures; simply fill out a form which binds you to following the rules governing the use of the collection. Details of the rules of use available here.

How to utilize the collection:

The library is a self-service establishment. Visitors peruse the bookshelves themselves using electronic catalog or the map to guide their search. Books located in the basement bookstore can be obtained by contacting the administrator. Books can be read and used in the dedicated reading room; they cannot be checked out. Photocopies can be made for a fee. Photographing is allowed. The library administrator is available every Monday, on other days, please contact the Center's office manager with questions.

Please note that the Center does not sell books. If you have questions about purchasing books, please visit a local bookstore.


Now, researchers working at the library in the Center for Urban History can have full access to resources of the LIBRARIA project. It is the project of the Archival Information Systems (AIS) company implemented jointly with libraries, archives, and research institutions in Ukraine and beyond that aims at digitalization and enabling online access to a large scope of Ukrainian historical periodicals. Currently, the project has digitized about 700,000 pages of over 400 outlets in Ukrainian, Polish, German, Romanian, Yiddish, Crimean-Tartar, and Russian languages published in different , що видавалися regions of Ukraine and beyond since the early 20th century until 1950s. The resources are continuously supplied with new materials. 

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

In our library, you can get access to over 4,400 interviews with Holocaust survivors, as well as with eye-witnesses and rescuers. This collection is part of the library of Yale University. If you wish to work with the materials, please, follow the guidelines on the archives page. After you request is approved by the team of Fortunoff Archive, you can view the materials using one of the library computers. For more details, on how to work with the interviews in the Center, please, contact Natalia Otrishchenko

Hours of operation:

The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00, and Friday - from 10:00 to 17:00. There is WiFi access at the library and a computer to access the library's catalog. The access point for the collection of photos and videos in the "Urban Media Archive." is open. Visitors are welcomed to use personal devices.

Contact information:

For questions regarding the library please contact the library administrator Mariana Maksymiak The library is located at the Center for Urban History at vul. Acad.Bohomoltsia 6.