The Fryderyk Chopin Institute The Fryderyk Chopin Institute

Library - Photographs - Recordings Library - Photographs - Recordings

Address: Tamka 43, 00-355 Warszawa

phone: (+48 22) 44 16 180-182 or (+48 22) 44 16 184-186; e-mail:

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 8.00-16.00



The biggest chopinological Library in the world, it collects Polish and foreign publications related to Chopin and the period in which he lived and worked. In the collection of the library there are approximately 30 000 items and the Mateusz Gliński book collection. In the collection of the library NIFC there are books and journals from 19th and 20th century; sheet music from 19th and 20th century (including first editions of Chopin's works and compositions published during his lifetime); documents of social life - invitations, concert programmes and posters, cut-outs from the press (from concerts, festivals, ceremonies devoted to Chopin and the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competitions in Warsaw).

phone: (+48 22) 44 16 181.

Photo collection

In the photo collection there are over 86 000 items - negatives, positives, diapositives, microfilms, photocopies of items from the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw and other museums, libraries and private collections in Poland and abroad. The phototeque also keeps photographic documentation of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competitions, Chopin festivals, artistic events and museum events organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw.

The collection is used for diverse purposes, e.g. by musicologists researching the life and oeuvre of Fryderyk Chopin, and also publishing houses preparing new editions of his works.

phone: (+48 22) 44 16 185, (+48 22) 44 16 186


Record Library

In the record library there are approximately 15 000 items, including archive recordings of exceptional value by famous pianist of the past, among others Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Aleksander Michałowski, Raul Koczalski, Serge Rachmaninoff and also sound documentation of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. The Competition is systematically documented since 1960.

In the collection of the record library there are analogue and compact records, tapes on reels, cassettes, digital tapes, videotapes and CD-ROMs.

phone: (48 22) 44 16 182