Scientific Library

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The Scientific Library, which is the same age as the Institute, is the oldest Polish “marine” library.

Its collection is the only Polish one dedicated to sea fisheries research. It includes a wide range of publications by international fishery organisations and conventions, i.e. FAO, ICES, NEAFC, NAFO, CCAMLR, the International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission – IBSFC, atlases, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, keys for identifying fish and marine organisms and the Polish Bibliography of Sea Fisheries (Polska Bibliografia Rybołówstwa Morskiego) from 1945 to 1991.

The library’s collection includes works from the 18th, 19th and 20th century as well as current publications in: biological and physical oceanography, ichthyology, biology and ecology of the sea, living resources and their management; catch technique; processing technology of the marine food raw materials, economics of fishing industry.

As there is no reading room, the library collection cannot be used on site. Only NMFRI employees may borrow books and journals. Visitors from outside the library may borrow books from their home library.

Inter-library lending as well as making copies of articles and book fragments is possible.

Size of the collection:

BOOKS – 15 500 vol.

PERIODICALS – 9 500 vol.


Borrowing by persons outside the NMFRI – only through their home library.


ASFA database: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts is one of the world’s leading databases in aquatic sciences and fishery. It has been developed by ASFIS (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Information System) since 1971. At the moment, the system has 69 partners –  52 countries, 16 international organisations and ProQuest, the publisher of the database.

The Polish Centre for Entering Data into the ASFIS System which has operated at the Institute since 1996 is a part of the ASFIS information system. Today, the centre consists of five scientific facilities: the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (the Polish coordinator of the System), the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Sopot, the Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn, the University of Gdańsk and the Pomeranian Academy in Słupsk. Thanks to the NMFRI’s participation in the ASFIS system, the Institute has got free access to the ASFA Internet database.

At the moment, the database contains around 2 million 74 thousand bibliographic descriptions of articles from the 3503 monitored periodicals. About 12 thousand new descriptions are entered into the database every month.


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