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General Reading Room

National Library of the CR has decided to support the governmental regulations aimed at restricting contacts and movement of persons, formulated in the Government Resolution No. 216 dated of 26 February 2021, and it has been closed to the public from Saturday, 6 March 2021, until further notice. More >>

LOCATION The General Reading Room, a summer refectory of the former Jesuit Collegium Clementinum, is situated on the ground floor. You will find it next to the entrance, through a baroque portal and anteroom, through the door on the right side.
TELEPHONE 221 663 242
221 663 111 (operator)


Mon-Fri:  9.00 - 22.00
Sat: 9.00-19.00


July - August:
Mon, Wed, Fri 9.00-14.00

Tue, Thu 9.00-19.00)

Anybody with a valid National Library card, or an admission ticket, may use the General Reading Room.

General Reading Room Regulations

  • a library of approx. 13 000 volumes of reference literature in major subject areas - numerous encyclopedias and language dictionaries, both general and specialized; legislative and jurisprudential literature
    • volumes are categorized in Classified Arrangement of the General Reading Room
    • you will find shelf marks of the Reading Room collection in OPAC (for example  BMO II A 002)
      -items  with a note  „open shelves“ – you may pick yourselves
      -for items with notes „at the desk“and „adjacent repository“ please ask the librarian
  • Digital library Kramerius (available on 1 work station)
  • Licensed online databases (available through Wi-Fi)
  • a selection of  Czech newspapers
  • a selection of  Czech periodicals

  • delivery of printed materials from NL collections for in-house use (from the year of publication 1801), there is a limit of maximum 10 items  ; reservation of materials for  up to 7 days only
  • use of materials from the Reading Room reference collection
  • referral and consulting services
  • photoduplication orders (Pricelist)
  • Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
  • 205 study places, including 4 places for disabled users

  • Librarian in charge: Eva Němcová

    Zdeněk Matušík

Mar 05, 2021
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