The Central Library has existed since 1955. It has 5 branches at the Faculties of Horticulture, Veterinary Medicine and Production Engineering.
More than 18 000 readers visit the library annually. The library collects items of both Polish and foreign literature connected with research and education conducted at the University. The subjects included are agricultural sciences, horticulture, animal science, veterinary medicine, food technology, agri-business, agricultural technology, food industry machines as well as biology, biotechnology, environmental protection. Besides, certain aspects of medicine, mathematics, chemistry and the foundations of technology are covered. The collection includes approximately 350 000 books, periodicals and special items. The catalogues provide information on the books.
The computer catalogue contains information about the books in the Central Library and in the branch libraries. It also provides information on the subscribed periodicals. The computers available in the hall of the Central Library make it possible to look through the catalogue. The data base is also available through the Internet:
telnet: priam.umcs.lublin.pl login: katalog or www.katalog.ar.lublin.pl/vtls/polish
The card catalogues can be found in the main hall. Nowadays, they are not updated any more since their function is now performed by the computer catalogue.
The books are available in the lending library and in the reading rooms of mathematics and natural sciences and in the periodicals reading room (in the building of the Central Library) as well as in the branch reading rooms (Faculty of Horticulture, 58 Leszczyńskiego Street; Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 12 Akademicka Street, Faculty of Production Engineering, 44 Doświadczalna Street and 28 Głęboka Street; in the Institute of Applied Mathematics, 13 Akademicka Street).
The lending library is open from 11 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The mathematics and natural sciences reading room and the periodicals reading room are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The branch reading rooms are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday.