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National Library Operation as of 9 July

Operation of the National Library of the Czech Republic for the public continues in a mode which is limited only to a small extent. Summer opening hours ....
National Library Operation as of 9 July

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Based on the Extraordinary Regulation of the Ministry of Health no. MZDR 20581/2020-8/MIN/KAN of 25 June  2020 the operation of the National Library of the Czech Republic for the public continues in a mode which is limited only to a small extent.

It follows, in particular, on the one hand, all persons are obliged upon entering the buildings of the National library of the Czech Republic, and during the sojourn therein, to disinfect their hands, and on the other, movement of persons in the NL buildings as well as the number of the seats in the Reading Rooms are regulated.

Services Provided – overview, schedule, and conditions as of Thursday 9 July 2020, until further notice

Opening hours from 29 June 2020 to 30 August 2020

Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 – 19:00
Monday – Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 – 14:00

Opening hours of specialised departments differ – see here >>

Toilets & WC for the public and the staff are separate. Please respect the measure.

Bistro is now open both for the NL Users as well.

Main Hall

  • the Users are obliged to disinfect their hands upon entry the Main Hall and keep the required distance to other persons
  • off-site loans (eligible Users)
    - the orders should be placed in electronic catalogue (OPAC)
    - (we shall appreciate if the User uses her/his own ballpoint pen for signing the loan receipt)


Specifics of the operation of particular reading rooms in the limited mode are available on their web pages:
General Reading Room
Social & Natural Sciences Reading Room
Scholars Reading Room
Reference Centre
Periodicals Reading Room
Slavonic Library Reading Room
Library of Librarianship Literature
Manuscripts & Early Printed Books Reading Room
Music Department Reading Room
Hostivař Reading Room

What is common:

  • only the NL Registered Users are permitted to enter the NL  reading rooms
  • the Users are obliged to disinfect their hands upon entry to any of the NL Reading Rooms
  • the rules of access to the Reading Rooms on the ground floor change:
    A SEAT OF A COMMON WORKING PLACE IS NOT TO BE RESERVED on-line in advance

you will be assigned a seat by the staff in a Reading Room

- it still is expedient to reserve a seat on-line in advance through
NL electronic catalogue (OPAC) in respect of:
- access to the NL Digital Library Kramerius
- access to the Internet (or editing a document)

- access to the electronic information resources, in particular, to the subscribed ones

  • conditions for operation study seats and technologies, compliant with the Ministry of Health Extraordinary Regulations, require special measures:
    - the number of study seats is limited, seating is arranged to the required distance between Users 
    - the User shall not shift study seat

  • delivery and return of the Library items proceeds at the desk in the usual way
    - keep the required distance between Users while waiting in a que (note the marks)
    - there is a disinfecting agent available at the desk

  • copying services, access to the NL electronic information resources, to the open Internet, as well as the Inter-library services are provided for in the Reading Rooms in the usual way