Photographer's Note

Dear TE friends,
We still keep on walking;) and showing you beautiful places of Poznan. Today it's The Raczynski Library situated close to the Town Hall Square. We think that such a beautiful building encourage everybody yo reading. What do you think?


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The Raczynski Library

Housed in a magnificent neoclassical building the Library dominates Plac Wolnosci (Liberty Square). The latter, Poznan's largest square, was set out at the turn of the 18th century and bore the name Wilhelm Square, though during the days of the Duchy of Warsaw (1807-1813) it was renamed Napoleon Square. It acquired its present name in 1919.

The Library was founded in 1829 by Count Edward Raczynski, it was the first public library in Poland. Raczynski, who donated to it his family library collection, took a very personal interest in the library, taking care of all details related to its coming into being. When it opened its collection numbered 13,000 books. In 1945, during the Battle of Poznan, the Library and its collection of 186 thousand volumes was burnt. Only manuscipts and old prints which had been evacuated to the Raczynski estate in Obrzyck survived. Rebuilt, and now housing a collection of 1.6 million volumes, the Library is expanding into a new addition being built at the back of the original structure.

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Viewed: 1974
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