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Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department


News in our reference library

Our reference library has grown by another thirty-six titles. It is an interesting selection of domestic and foreign literature. Maybe you will get some tips for Christmas gifts.

Opening of the National Library


Based on the Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic of 30 November 2020 No. 1262 on the adoption of a crisis measure, the operation of the National Library of the Czech Republic for the Public is resumed starting on Thursday 3 December 2020, albeit with restrictions on the number of readers in the library.

Opening hours of our Study Room:

Monday 11am - 5pm

Tuesday 11am - 5pm

Closed on Wednesdays

Thursday 1pm - 7pm

Closed on Fridays

We look forward to seeing you.

Please note that the Study Room will be extraordinarily closed on 22-23 and 29-30 December.

Permissions to publish and copy orders

Our young colleague Klára Krásenská decided to terminate her duties in our Department. Our new colleague is Ing. Helena Mrkvanová. If you need to order some copy and/or to have a permission to publish anything from our collections, do not hesitate to contact her on her email or on the phone (see Contacts).

Recommended Citing of Shelfmarks from Historical Collections

We provide the recommended citing of shelfmarks from historical collections deposited in our Department:

  1. For Czech texts: NK Praha+shelfmark (e.g. NK Praha XIII C 1a or/and NK Praha XIII.C.1a)
  2. For English texts: NL Prague+shelfmark (e.g. NL Prague XIII C 1a or/and NL Prague XIII.C.1a)
  3. For German texts: NB Prag+shelfmark (e.g. NB Prag XIII C 1a or/and NB Prag XIII.C.1a)

Professional internship for undergraduate and graduate students

We offer unpaid intership opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students interested in exploring a career in library and information science. It has been based on personal needs and on the specific education, training, skills and interest of the student. Stipends are generally not offered by the Department, but we offer an individual approach, a possibility to meet special collections of manuscripts, incunabulas and printed books and a nice working environment. If you are interested, you can contact the head of Department, PhDr. Veronika Procházková, or the contact person PhDr. Renáta Modráková.

Revision of our Study Room Information Guide!!!

Please note the changes to our Information Guide. Among other things, we draw attention to the fact that it is now allowed to take photos from historical collections of all kinds: a camera or a mobile can only be used after a prior consulation and a permission of a stuff in the Study Room, without flash/intense light and only for personal need.

Newly digitized manuscripts

We digitized another 25 manuscripts !!! These were mainly manuscripts from colleges of the medieval university in Prague (for example IV F 10, IV H 16). The manuscripts date from the 13th century to the end of the 16th century. Interesting astrological drawings are available in the codex IV G 11 from the second half of the 16th century. Most manuscripts are textual without decoration, but some individuals have interesting initials (for example IV F 8). The manuscripts were used by students and professors of the university, which corresponds to their compositions. Theological manuscripts predominate (for example Postilla litteralis et moralis super minores prophetas by Nicholas of Lyra IV.G.17), but there are also several medical ones, such as De viribus herbarum, partim cum commentario by Macerus Floridus from the library of Jan Ondřejův called Šindel (IV. G.9). The rare manuscript I.D.3 with letters of a prominent humanist and writer Bohuslav Hasištejnský from Lobkovice was digitized. All of them are freely accessible in the Manuscriptorium Virtual Library

Order books to our Reading Room electronically: from the General Catalogue I, separate (the separate mode is for ordering 1. Manuscripts, Incunabula; 2. Early Printed Books via STT).


Dec 04, 2020
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