“Liha Pres” was established in Lviv in May 1996 by a group of young lecturers from Lviv Polytechnic State University who felt the need to create a new publisher of West format which would actively cooperate both with European and Ukrainian higher education institutions.
From the moment of the establishment of the publishing house and until 2018, it was headed by Dmytro Suhak, PhD in Physics and Mathematics, Senior Researcher Scientist, who is the author of more than 100 highly cited publications in the journals included in “SCOPUS”.
In 1998, Stanislav Dykyi, a member of staff of Lviv Polytechnic State University by that time, was appointed as a director and then, also as chief editor. Due to his activity and creativity, “Liha-Pres” has been providing an academic community of Europe and Ukraine with high-quality scientific books for over 20 years.
Serhii Oseredko, a co-founder of “Liha-Pres”, was producing art photography for scientific books till 2018. Since 1998, the publisher has been actively cooperating with a designer Yurii Ohanesian, who has taken part in the creation of best designs for scientific books and manufacture of graphic products. Oksana Mazur has been working as a visual artist since 1999, and she still maintains creative relationships with the publishing house.
More than 700 items of books and periodicals have been produced by the publishing house for more than 20 years with a total circulation of more than 500,000 copies, which have been published in Ukrainian, Russian, English and Polish.
Over the years, among the partners were Lviv Regional Council, Lviv Regional State Administration, Lviv Regional Organization of the Union of Writers of Ukraine, Lviv Regional Universal Scientific State Library, Western Scientific Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv Regional Institute for Public Administration of the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Lviv State University of Physical Culture, Lviv National Music Academy named after Mykola Lysenko, Stepan Gzhytskyi National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies Lviv, Lviv Department of Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, Lviv Franko Literary Memorial Museum, the Solomiya Krushelnytska Musical Memorial Museum in Lviv, Lviv Academy of Arts, Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Geology and Geochemistry Combustible Minerals of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine”, OJSC “Ukravtobusprom”, Research Institute of Materials R&D “Elektron-Karat”, Lviv Regional Center for State Standards and Metrology Service, SE “Scientific-Research Institute “Systema”, Terminological Committee of the State Standard of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv and many other institutions of education, culture and medicine as well as enterprises, non-governmental organisations of Ukraine and Poland.
The publishing house also maintains relations with brothers in trade: “Kalvariia”, “Prostir-M”, “Apriori”, “Avers”, “GreenPes” and others. The publishing house has good and warm relationships with the representatives of Lviv Regional Organization of the Union of Writers of Ukraine – Mykola Petrenko, Romano Lubkivskyi, Ivan Hushchak, Ihor Hurhula, Ihor Pavliuk, Mariia Liudkevych, Roman Kudlyk, Ihor Kachurivskyi, Yaroslav Kaminetskyi and other talented and interesting people. Unfortunately, some of them went out of this world.
The publishing house was a participant of the first All-Ukrainian competition “Coronation of the Word” and produced the first novels of its laureates – “Rest for Caesar” written by Petro Mykhailov and “Run” written by Mykola Panasiuk.
A close friendship unites the publishing house and Lviv Regional Universal Scientific State Library as well as other city libraries. From 2003 to 2010, the methodological and bibliographic collections prepared for readers by library staff were produced at the publisher’s own expense.
In 2007, due to close collaboration with the Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, “Liha-Pres” was included in the rating of book publishers which is annually defined by the Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE). SENSE unites environmental research institutes of more than ten Dutch Universities and research organisations. The inclusion of “Liha-Pres” in the rating of book publishers acknowledged its contribution to the development of the European scientific book market and highlighted its international status about which the founders dreamed in the economically difficult 1996.
In 2018, a leader of the publishing market “Marszałek Publishing Group” headed by its president Adam Marszałek showed interest in the cooperation with “Liha-Pres” taking into account the lack of SENSE book publishers in their publishing group and the duration of inclusion into the rating. In July 2018, an agreement was signed, which changed the board of the founders of “Liha-Pres”. A publisher Oleh Holovko, the Ukrainian partner of the President of Marszałek Publishing Group, became its director. The 2018 Agreement marked the beginning of a new stage in the functioning of “Liha-Pres”, an international publishing house that contributes to its favour in the European publishing market.
In 2019, a logo of “Liha-Pres” was renewed; it represents a significant historical path, which is highly appreciated by the acting executive board. The date “1996” is a year of establishment of the publishing house, and small figures “1256” and “1233” are the years of foundation of Lviv and Toruń where the headquarters are functioning now. In 2019, the official web-site of the publishing house was also updated.