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Most objects in the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library is presented in the DjVu format. To view these files we recommend you to install a browser plug-in that is available for free download by clicking the image below. There are also versions for OS X, iOS (available on the App Store) and Unix/Linux.

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Nicolaus Copernicus University agreement with the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodeship

Nicolaus Copernicus University signed an agreement with the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodeship on cooperation in the project e-Culture of Kujawy and Pomerania, conducted under the Regional Operational Program 2007-2013. e-Culture is a key part of the project e-Services — e-Organization — a package of information technologies solutions for the voivodeship. One of the tasks anticipated for the implementation of the project is the digitization of cultural collections of the province. Digitized objects will be made available in the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library, which will be connected to a integrated computer system created during this task. The end result will be the regional cultural portal - integrating data about current cultural events, as well as documentation and archival materials.

Dominika Czyżak
Quarter of a million of Polish digital objects in the Europeana!

From 11th December 2009 resources of several Polish digital libraries participating in the PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation are available in the European Digital Library – Europeana. These resources include over 250 000 digital objects made available by the hundreds of cultural and scientific institutions from different regions of Poland. Among them are treasures of Polish national heritage, as well as interesting regional materials or modern scientific and educational publications. A vast majority of publications is available to all Internet users without any restrictions.

Europeana, one of the flagship initiatives of the European Commission, is a web portal which is a single point of access to the digital representation of cultural and scientific heritage. The portal has been available since November 2008. On the official launch day it allowed to reach around 2 millions of digital objects scattered throughout the Europe. In December 2009, after the data ingestion from the Polish digital libraries, the number of objects in the Europeana exceeded five millions, of which ca. 5.5% comes from the Polish digital libraries. According to current development plans, Europeana wants to reach 10 millions of objects in July 2010. The portal performs a crucial role in providing and promoting the cultural heritage of European countries and it is important for Poland to be properly represented in Europeana.

Polish digital content aggregator for Europeana is Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, the operator of the PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation and the PIONIER Network operator.

The PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation (PIONIER DLF) integrates network of Polish digital libraries, which have been systematically created since 2002. PIONIER DLF was launched in June 2007 by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. PIONIER DLF currently gives the possibility to search within descriptions of over 315 000 digital objects. Moreover, it maintains an extensive database about Polish digital libraries. It is also a key element in the digitization coordination within the network of Polish digital libraries. It is worth mentioning that about 10 000 new objects each month are made available by digital libraries connected to the PIONIER DLF. Through the PIONIER DLFs connection with Europeana, these objects will be more visible and promoted worldwide.

100 x Creative Commons
Creative Commons

The Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library already has over 100 publications, which are available under Creative Commons licenses. Negotiations with the authors are not easy, because librarians have to explain to them exactly what CC licenses mean, because hardly anyone is acquainted with them. Then we have to suggest to authors what type is the best for them. But we will continue in our efforts to raise awareness about Creative Commons, and explain that it depends on authors, under what conditions they want their work available on the Internet and how it is important that, thanks to modern licenses, users know exactly how they may exploit digital objects.

Bożena Bednarek-Michalska, graph. lumaxart
Articles by Professor Alexander Jabłoński online

At the request of Institute of Physics of the Nicolaus Copernicus University Institute of Physics our Library digitalized all the scientific articles by Professor Alexander Jabłoński and placed them online in the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library with the permission of the family of Professor. Professor Jabłoński was working under the field of atom, optics-molecular physics, and in particular on the pressure broadening and luminescence spectral lines. Today, the 101 texts published in the period 1924-1978 in various scientific journals, and many languages (German, Polish, French, English) are on the Internet and can again be analyzed, reviewed and printed without any restrictions by the new generation of scholars. Librarians kept a chronological arrangement of the texts and their original appearance.

Bożena Bednarek-Michalska, Coordinator KPDL
New Partners in KPDL (Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library)

In 2009 the project Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library has new partners, which are: Torun Center for Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Baj Pomorski Theatre, Dwór Artusa Centre for Culture and the Grudziądz Municipal Library signs the agreement. All these institutions which have signed an agreement on cooperation with the KPDL will digitize publications related to our region, precious objects or cultural heritage or objects born digital that arise in the KPDL on a regular basis. Librarians, culture and museum officers had been trained by the Nicolaus Copernicus University Library teams and provided with appropriate software, so work can begin immediately.

We hope that the combined forces will enrich resources of the KPBDL and give our residents a faster and better access to culture. The University Libraries in Torun and Bydgoszcz conduct further negotiations and discussions with the other institutions of culture, for which digitization, protection and promotion of a their collection is important.

Bożena Bednarek-Michalska, Project Coordinator
KPDL Regional Seminar

The Nicolaus Copernicus University Library intends to organize (5 November 2008, Torun) a regional seminar for institutions promoting culture interested in participating in creating digital library (KPDL) resources. During the seminar the following will be presented in detail: the digital project and the KPDL content, than plans for the future. Arrangements were also discussed about the possibility of participation in the work and finding sources of funding for the project.

The preliminary program of the seminar:
  1. The official opening of the meeting
  2. The project KPBC - resources and plans for the future
  3. Software and technical capabilities of the KPDL
  4. The national network of digital libraries - the benefits of networking
  5. Credit cooperation in the region
  6. Proposed/suggested forms of cooperation
  7. Workshops of digitalization in the region.
Contact person: Bozena Bednarek-Michalska, 048 56 6114417,
Open Access Day - October 14, 2008
Open Access Day
New opportunities for Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library users

Any KPDL user, who has already set up an account on our digital platform is capable of using new functions available together with our new software version.

Logged-on users can:

  • - create a list of favored publications,
  • - recommend publications to others,
  • - describe a publication with private keywords/tags, which are not seen by others,
  • - evaluate the publication,
  • - suggest tag descriptions to publications.

The above-mentioned functions are available on pages with bibliographical descriptions and in a reader's profile. The users are encouraged to set up an account and login.


Within the framework of bringing the platform up to date an extra DjVu browser is embodied, thanks to which the users without accounts will be able to get acquainted with the content of a selected publication freely.

I hope that those innovations will cause KPDL more reader-friendly.

Bożena Bednarek-Michalska
KPBC and Creative Commons licenses

The Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library (Kujawsko-Pomorska Biblioteka Cyfrowa) has opened access to a first batch of current publications using the terms of the Creative Commons licenses. The Library Coordinator began to reach out to authors on the subject of this simple and user-friendly method of publishing and received the permission from several authors and publishers to provide access to 16 documents, mainly post-print and pre-print articles. Conversations with authors are continuing, also with respect to books, and perhaps, with the publishers??? consent, this form of publishing will find wider acceptance. It is worth mentioning that pre-prints can be made available always on the terms defined by the author himself, regardless of whether they were submitted for printing or not. Below are examples of post-print articles by Professor Andrzej Majdowski (curator of historic monuments) from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun.

The rights field of the bibliographic record contains information about the version of the license that was applied and a link to the actual text of the license.

Majdowski, Andrzej ; Creative Commons ; by 2.5 pl ; More... ;


The usage of the rights field in the Dublin Core metadata for digital objects remains to be standardized in Poland. Many libraries enter the name of their library in this field arguing that they have a right to do so since the item (the physical object, as well as, the digital item reproduced from it for the digital library) is the property of the library. This is particularly true in the case of older documents, as well as, the institution's own publications. It seems that there is an urgent need for instructions that would organize these documents correctly and that would clearly indicate what information should be entered by librarians in the rights field.

Bożena Bednarek-Michalska
Translated by: Marta Sobieszek
Kujawsko Pomorska Digital Library is on the list of Top 200
The Kujawsko Pomorska Digital Library is on the list of Top 200 Repositories compiled by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.
Bydgostiana – Bydgoszcz collection in KPDL
The Kazimierz Wielki University Library has been gradually enriching their Cuiaviana et Pomeranica digital collection in particular by adding newspapers and magazines. One of the major published items is Przegląd Bydgoski: czasopismo regionalne naukowo-literackie containing articles, sketches and dissertations devoted to the history of the city, its literature, theatre, musical life and also geography. Przegląd Bydgoski was the most important scientific-regional magazine in the inter-war period in Bydgoszcz. Particular attention should be paid also to the inter-war newspaper Gazeta Bydgoska, eleven yearbooks of which are digitally copied by the KPDL. Next periodical, Dziennik Tygodniowy Departamentu Bydgoskiego was of advertising and informational nature and was being issued between 1811-1812 by the prefecture of the department, whereas Zmartwychwstanie: miesięcznik dla spraw i zagadnień narodowych polskich ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem spraw kresowych touched social, national and economical issues.

The digitalisation of contemporary academic periodicals has already started: „Kronika Bydgoska” and „Kalendarz Bydgoski”, issued by the Society of Friends of the City of Bydgoszcz. Yearbooks include articles and dissertations concerning science, culture, economy and history. They also present eminent figures connected with the city. The magazines, being constantly issued for many years now, are the source of various information on the past and present Bydgoszcz and the life of its inhabitants.

If you are interested in Bydgostiana, come and see the collection of maps, postcards and graphics connected with the region.

Rare musical materials
Cultural heritage collection of the KPDL has acquired a collection of manuscripts and music scores coming from the collection of Henrietta Bąkowska, and housed at the Voivodeship and Municipal Public Library in Bydgoszcz. This collection contains dances, arias, piano and guitar music. The works from Henrietta Bąkowska's collection include either original issues from the turn of 18th and 19th centuries or their manuscript copies. Some of them are probably the only surviving copies. The published scores are an excellent review of musical trends of the time.

Kazimierz Wielki University Graphics Collection
The Kazimierz Wielki Main Library has included a series of graphics into the iconographic section of the Kujawy and Pomorze Digital Library presenting portraits of people connected with culture, science and Polish history over the centuries. Most of them belong to the group of the Great Immigration period. The portrait authors are Polish and foreign artists, mainly from the 19-century lithographers, among others: Maksymilian Fajans and Charles Louis Bazin, and also a representative of the realistic current in painting, Wojciech Gerson.

The first stage has been completed successfully
The first stage of the KPBC undertaking financed by EU funds has been completed successfully at the end of 2006. Currently, we are approaching the next stages of the project, the priority for the KPBC creators, which are: collecting didactic materials, gaining copyrights and encouraging other institutions to take part in this project. Librarians are planning to enter 5000 new items to the KPBC each year. The accomplishment of those plans will depend on raising public funds on the digitalization process.
Creators of Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library (KPBC) awarded!
On 23rd June 2006 the award presentation ceremony for the 6th edition of the competition for Kujawsko-Pomorskie Marshal's Award took place at the Nicolaus Copernicus University assembly hall (Aula). In category science and technical progress the team prize went to the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library creators: Bożena Bednarek-Michalska (Nicolaus Copernicus University Library, the coordinator of the project), Maria Czarnecka-Dąbek (Kazimierz Wielki University Library) and dr Krzysztof Nierzwicki (Collegium Medicum Library).

The Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library, as the result of a long-term project co-financed by European Union funds from The Integrated Regional Operational Programme (IROP) will be officially opened at noon on 2nd December 2005 (Friday) at Nicolaus Copernicus University Library in Torun.