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Czech and Foreign Books published after 1801 are a part of the  Universal Library Collection (UKF). In the field of the Czech production - until 1992 Czechoslovak, the NL acquires, since 1935, legal deposit copies, which are the basis of  the National Archival Collection (NKF). The Study Collection (SF) is built up for the purpose of lending Czech books out of the National Library. The Collection of the 19th century is built up continuously, and includes books published between 1801 and 1900 on the territory of the Czech Lands or related to them, i.e. the so-called Bohemica.  Information on incorporating books into the Collection of the 19th century are continuously supplied into the online catalogue - NKC base. This collection is accessible in The Scholars´ Reading Room only.

Books published before 1800 are kept in the Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Reading Room.
Foreign literature acquired recently

Online sources

We recommend to search the requested document in the following online sources, in case you did not succeed in finding the searched document in any of the given sources  you can check card catalogues mentioned in column on the right side.

Online NL catalogue  - base NKC/Books searching
The words typed-in  are searched in various fields of the record, more exact wording of the query can be put directly in the base NKC/Books.



Scanned General catalogues I and II searching (catalogues contain data up to 1995)
(if you know author or title - in case the searched document has no author)

Scanned 19th Century Bibliography searching
(if you know author or title - in case the searched document has no author)

Apr 24, 2013
Card catalogues (access in NL only)

Cat. of Czech and Slovak books no. 1
Cat. of foreign language books no. 2
Subject catalogue no. 4
Subject catalogue no. 5

Availability in the Czech Republic
If you do not find ...
To get more specific data about the searched document, you may use the following sources.

Czech books
Czech National Bibliography
Municipal Library of Prague, name cat.
Institute of Czech Literature, AS CR

foreign books
national bibliographies
retrospective bibliographies
Requested books are not in NL ...
You can use Interlibrary loan service, which serves for obtaining those documents that are not available in the collections of NL.

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