Main Academic Bookstore6 Podwale Street
The Main Academic Bookstore in Krakow is a direct continuator of the “Nauka i Sztuka” (“Science and Art”) bookstore that used to be located in the exact same place. Documents from that period survive confirming that the bookstore was an academic facility well-known across Poland. The founder and first owner of the bookstore was Kazimierz Leśniak. Since January 1939, the new owner of the bookstore was Stefan Kamiński – a well-known and colourful figure of the pre-war Krakow. During the Nazi occupation, Stefan Kamiński used the profits from selling postcards he issued in large numbers to support clandestine activity, as well as local writers and people in hiding. In 1942, the Germans fired the previous owner and took over the establishment on ul. Podwale 6. After World War II, the bookstore was nationalised and became part of the “Dom Książki” conglomerate. However, it retained its academic nature. The Central Academic Bookstore is now the largest independent (non-chain) bookstore in Poland.