In representative interiors of a 17th-century monastery building, Ossolineum presents the history of Poland and the Institution itself, based on valuable exhibits.
Currently Ossolineum consists of a few sections: the Library, Museum of the Lubomirski Princes, „Pan Tadeusz” Museum and the Ossolineum Publishing House.
Ossolineum gathers, processes and provides access to the library and museum collection. The Ossolineum collection consists of the nineteenth and twentieth century books and periodicals, old books, manuscripts, prints, maps and numismatic objects.
The Institute conducts research, publishing its scientific journal and popularizing activities, by taking part in many initiatives and by organizing regular events, lectures and meetings with well-known figures from the areas of science, art, media or politics.
Equally significant is the educational role of Ossolineum (conducted mainly by the “Pan Tadeusz” Museum) and the organization of exhibitions. The Institute organizes both big temporary exhibitions with accompanying events in the main building on Szewska street and in the “Pan Tadeusz” Museum (Main Square 6), and board exhibitions talking about remarkable events and most interesting collection elements. The board exhibitions are presented also in the Ossolineum courtyard, Barocco Garden and in the public space of the city.