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National Library Operation as of 25 May

Based on the Extraordinary Regulations of the Ministry of Health the renewed operation of the National Library for the public continues in the limited mode.
National Library Operation as of 25 May

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Based on the Extraordinary Regulations of the Ministry of Health no. MZDR 20581/2020-2/MIN/KAN and no.  MZDR 15757/2020-18/MIN/KAN of 19 May 2020, the renewed operation of the National Library of the Czech Republic for the public continues in the limited mode.

Services Provided – overview, schedule, and conditions as of Monday 25 May 2020, until further notice

Opening hours as of 25 May 2020, until further notice

Main Hall

  • modified opening hours (until further notice): Monday to Friday 9,00 – 13,15 and 14,15 – 19,00
    - at the break, the Users shall leave the National Library premises
    - the Users are obliged, when entering the NL premises and staying in, to cover their nose and mouth, as well as to disinfect their hands upon entry
  • 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)
  • returning books
    - loan period has been renewed until 1 June 2020, during the closure
    - fines for books overdue before 10 March 2020 have not been increased during the closure (this does not apply to loans enforced by legal and judicial means)
    - in respect of overdue loans, communication by e-mail or phone is preferred (if you have general questions), personal consultation is also possible
    - books can be returned by using delivery services, if you decide for Česká pošta it is necessary to send them as a registered/insured shipment
  • the books returned are only available for another loan after their release from quarantine
  • renewing registration, new registration


Reading room operation in a limited mode:
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

  • modified opening hours: Monday to Friday, more about opening hours of the individual reading rooms here >>
    - during the break, the Users shall leave the NL premises

  • only the NL registered readers are permitted to enter the designated NL premises and reading rooms
    - you have to reserve a seat in the reading room in advance through your User account in the NL system (OPAC)
    - you will have to make an appointment in advance to visit the Manuscripts & Early Printed Books Reading Room and Music Department Reading Room
    - Reading Room operation specifics, if any, are available on the webpages of particular Reading Rooms
    - time span of reservation for particular Reading Rooms or, as a case may be, for particular kinds of activities (namely, with technology equipment) varies
    - assignment of a study seat to a User without prior seat reservation cannot be guaranteed
    - if there is no free non-reserved disinfected study seat in a Reading Room in question, the User is obliged to leave the Reading Room without any delay
    - 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 secure a two-metre distance between Users 
    - the User shall neither change the study seat assigned, nor shift it 
    - after a seat at a table or one with technology equipment is freed, it shall be disinfected; the seat may be taken by another User only after the disinfection has been performed
    - the staff at the desk should be notified on finishing your search in the electronic catalogues ALEPH or RetrIS (digitized card catalogue) on a freely accessible station (the keyboard and the mouse shall be disinfected prior to a next use)
    - at some Reading Rooms, the User may be asked to enter only after the preceding User has settled her/his request at the desk

  • Issue and return of the Library items proceeds at the desk in the usual way
    - keep a 2-metre distance within Users while waiting in a que (note the marks)
    - the User shall disinfect her/his hands with an agent available at the desk
  • in the course of the limited mode operation, special rules apply in some Reading Rooms (see special links from particular Reading Rooms)
  • in the General Reading Room, there is a decreased limit of both orders and hold
    - you may place an order for and keep on hold of up to 5 items
    - an exception may grant, at her/his discretion, the librarian
  • direct access to books and periodicals on the open shelves is revoked temporarily
    - you should ask the staff at the desk for an item of the Reference Collection as well as return it there
    - the on-site loan of such an item shall be recorded in the User Account
  • when returning items, the User shall advise the staff on each of the items, whether
    - it shall be returned to the stacks (it will only be available for another loan after its release from quarantine)
    - she/he is intending to consult the item on the following opening day
    - the procedure applies to the Reference Collection items as well
  • non-bound newspapers and periodicals (in particular, the new issues) are made available only in the Periodicals Reading Room
    - you may ask for them the staff at the desk in the Reading Room
    - when returning them to the staff at the desk, advise the staff whether you will study the item in question on the next opening day
  • orders for microfilms a microfiches can be placed for the Periodicals Reading Room only and it is only there where they can be consulted
  • the compact discs (text- and image-base content) are made available in the Social and Natural Sciences Reading Room
  • In the Reference Centre, there shall not be provided access to the Internet
  • copying services and print-outs from the NL Digital Library Kramerius are provided for in the Reading Rooms in the usual way
  • making available of the NL Digital Library Kramerius content proceeds in the usual way; the time slot for study should be reserved by way of the electronic catalogue (OPAC), as well
  • so is reopened provision of the inter-library loans services
  • so is reopened provision of the EOD-Service – eBooks on Demand
  • so is reopened provision of the EDD – Electronic Document Delivery (in respect of the public domain works)
  • reference and research services have been provide without any interruption
  • so is reopened provision of the reproduction services to order
  • the public and staff WC and toilets are separated; the Users are asked to respect the separation due to hygienic reasons
  • bistro is re-open for the Library Users, as well