The Three Seas Library was established in 2022 by the Library of Richard Pipes at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ISP PAN), headed by Magdalena Dołbakowska, a specialist in library collections.
The Three Seas Library was established thanks to the cooperation between the ISP PAN and BGK, inspired by Prof Agnieszka Orzelska-Stączek, head of the Department of Central and Eastern Europe and Post-Soviet Research at the ISP PAN. One of the goals of this project was to familiarise a wide group of readers with the Three Seas Initiative and collect in one place the widest possible collection of publications on this subject. The Three Seas Library is an important source of both recent and historical information. Its collections are irreplaceable for academics, journalists and individuals who are interested in the TSI.
Currently, the Three Seas Initiative Library is supported by the Library of Richard Pipes at the ISP PAN, which has existed since 1976, and has been collecting literature in the fields of political science, history, sociology and philosophy for almost fifty years, in Polish, English, German, French, Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian, Lithuanian and other languages. The library’s collection includes over 22,000 volumes and over 500 titles of domestic and foreign magazines. In 2019, the library received the collection of Prof Richard Pipes, an American historian and Sovietologist of Polish-Jewish origin. Soon after, by the decision of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the library adopted its current name. Work is currently underway to move the library to the new facility, therefore part of the collection is not stored on the institute’s premises.
The library is located at 2/4 Oleandrów Street in Warsaw and is open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00.
Anyone can use the reading room and the collected materials, although borrowing is only possible for employees of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The reading room also has Wi-Fi access.