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Pedagogiczna Biblioteka Wojewódzka

Pedagogiczna Biblioteka Wojewódzka


The library was established in 1921 in Toruń as the District Pedagogical Library of the Pomeranian School District Curatorial Office on the initiative of the first curator Zygmunt Gąsiorowski. The book collection was collected on the basis of an appeal addressed to publishers and bookstores.
In 1932, due to the liquidation of the curatorial office, the book collection was transferred to the library in Grudziadz.
The library resumed its activity on October 1, 1938 in the building of the Nicolaus Copernicus Town Library in Toruń. From that moment on, its development was increasing - just before the outbreak of World War II, the library's book collection consisted of 100 thousand volumes.
During the war, 97.5% of the book collection was destroyed. The library resumed its activity in spring 1945 in new place at the Theatre Square, in one of the rooms of the National Higher School of Fine Arts in Toruń, with 2.5 thousand volumes deposited in Książnica Miejska.
In 1951 the Library was given a new name: Pedagogical Provincial Library and became an independent organizational unit within the Board of Trustees. A network of 21 county libraries was established and the number of employees was increased.
In 1968, the Library was moved to Bydgoszcz and received a part of the building at 9 Jagiellonska Street. The change of the seat and the regulations issued by the ministry entailed a series of organizational work. At the end of 1970 the book collection consisted of 51757 volumes and 172 magazines were subscribed. It cooperated with the Institute for Teacher Training and Educational Research.
The new stage was opened on March 1, 1978 at the headquarters at 21 Łużycka Street. The library occupied the ground floor of the building where the WSP Student House was located. The book collection moved there consisted of 75 thousand volumes and 300 titles of magazines. The new seat was conducive to the development of the facility, which was used to a greater extent by WSP students. A number of exhibitions, conferences were organized and many institutions cooperated. This resulted in 1981. (the year of the 60th anniversary of the library's existence) to receive the Medal of the Commission of National Education.
Over the years it turned out that the premises occupied by the Library did not meet the requirements set by the institution. As a result of the liquidation of the Teacher's Study, the library received a proposal to adapt its premises to its needs.
PBW headquarters at 4 M. Skłodowska-Curie Street opened on December 1, 1992. The new premises were moved to a book collection of 103550 volumes and 144 titles of magazines. The better conditions allowed to improve the quality of work and contributed to the satisfaction of both readers and librarians.
In 1997 the regulations of the Library were changed. The book collection can be used not only by teachers and students of pedagogical faculties, but also by all the inhabitants of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship interested in it. In the seat at 4 M. Sklodowska-Curie Street the Library has been operating to this day.

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