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General Reading Room

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)

Notice on modified operation of services from 16 February to 30 April 2016


Mo-Fri:  9.00 - 22.00
Sat: 9.00-19.00


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

RULES 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