Our history

The Polish Library in Washington was founded in 1991 by a group of volunteers led by Tadeusz Walendowski. The aim is to serve local Polish community and also to promote Polish culture to a wider audience. In addition to lending books and films, the Library is involved in many activities, including film screenings, lectures and concerts.


The Polish Library in Washington is operated exclusively by volunteers and governed by a council elected annually at a general meeting of members from themselves. The current council consists of the following members:

Krzysztof Sąsiadek - president

Aneta Radzikowski - treasurer


What we do

The Polish Library in Washington (Biblioteka Polska w Waszyngtonie) is a small community library established and operated by volunteers. Our collection includes over 7,000 books by Polish authors or about Poland (in Polish and English), and over 300 DVDs with Polish movies. A small annual membership fee is required to borrow books and/or movies from the library. The fee allows us to purchase new books and movies, subscribe to newspapers, and cover other costs.

Class of 1926

The Polish Library in Washington DC has completed the Class of 1926 project. Our goal was to digitalize all volumes of Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States, which are archived in the Manuscript Division of the US Library of Congress, and make them available online. The Project was funded through grants, private donations, and the work of volunteers.