The Registration and Borrowing Rules of the Slavonic Library
The following rules were issued according to the Rules and Regulations of the National Library of the Czech Republic, dated February 10, 2014. They reflect a specific position of the Slavonic Library (hereinafter as the SL) in the framework of the structure of the National Library of the Czech Republic (hereinafter as the NL CR).
Article 1) Library Cards of the Slavonic Library and Their Validity
- The SL issues its own library cards. It charges registration fees in compliance with the NL CR Pricelist of Fees and Services.
- The library card of the SL makes it possible to use the services provided exclusively by the SL. It is valid only for the SL and cannot be used at any other section of the NL CR.
- The library card provides the user with access to the Reading Room and the Circulation Desk; access to the library depositories and other non-public premises is prohibited.
Article 2) Types of Library Cards
- The following two types of library cards are issued:
a) the library card entitling the user to all SL services (home-loan library card);
b) the library card entitling the user to all SL services with the exception of home loans (in-house library card).
Article 3) Home-Loan Library Card:
- It entitles the user to all the services provided by the SL.
- It is issued to:
a) citizens of the Czech Republic above 18 years of age;
b) foreign nationals above 18 years of age with a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic;
c) EU citizens above 18 years of age with a long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic;
d) foreign nationals from countries outside the European Union above 18 years of age with a long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic after they have paid a deposit pursuant to Article 5.
- The validity of the card is one year, after which it may be extended on an annual basis.
Article 4) In-House Library Card:
- It entitles the user to all the services provided by the SL with the exception of home loans.
- It is issued to:
a) Czech citizens above 15 years of age until they have reached the age of 18;
b) foreign nationals above 15 years of age with a short-term residence permit in the Czech Republic;
c) foreign nationals above 15 years of agea permanent residence permit as well as long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic until they have reached the age of 18;
d) anyone above 15 years of age who is interested in the short-term use of the services provided by the SL with the exception of home loans.
- The validity of the card is 1–12 months, after which it may be extended.
Article 5) Deposit
- The payment of a good-faith deposit as security for the fulfilment of the loan conditions (hereinafter as the 'deposit') enables the registration of foreign nationals from countries outside the European Union with long-term residence in the Czech Republic who request home loans of library items from the collections of the SL.
- The deposit amounts to CZK 400 for each library item with a maximum of five library items for home loan allowed at a time.
- The deposit shall be paid to the benefit of the National Library of the Czech Republic, headquartered in: Klementinum 190, Praha 1, IČO (business identification number) 00023221 in cash at the circulation desk of the SL, where the user is subsequently registered.
- Once all borrowed materials have been returned and all obligations have been settled, the deposit is returned to the user upon request in cash at the place specified in Article 5, Point 3 and the registration is subsequently cancelled. If the user requests that the deposit be returned via bank transfer, the user undertakes to pay the bank fees for this transaction.
- Should the user fail to meet the conditions set, the SL shall use the deposit as compensation for the damage caused by the breach of the obligation. The right to compensation for losses greater than the deposit remains unaffected.
Article 1) Home Loans
- The following books from the SL collections can be loaned out:
a) Czech and Slovak books published after 1918;
b) other books published after 1945.
- The reader can borrow a maximum of thirty items at a time.
Article 2) In-House Use
- The following items are reserved for in-house use:
a) Czech and Slovak books published before 1918;
b) other books published before 1945;
c) historical collections (unique archival materials, manuscripts, early printed books, visual materials);
d) electronic documents;
e) newspapers and journals;
f) bibliophile items and rare pictorial publications;
g) library items from the reference library;
h) library items whose borrowing would be inconsistent with Czech law;
i) library items borrowed through domestic and international interlibrary loan services (ILL).
Article 3) Limitations on Loans
- If a library item becomes too fragile to borrow home, the director of the division, his or her deputy or the heads of individual departments may include the item among those for in-house use only.
- Unique and rare collections, works deteriorating from excessive use, and valuable items subject to theft and documents available in electronic form are loaned only for justified research purposes. The decision on the loan is made by the SL.
Article 4) Loan Periods
- Library items from the SL collection are loaned for the following periods:
a) The basic loan period is one month.
b) The prolonged loan period is two months (for researchers and teachers specialised in the field of Slavonic studies, translators from Slavic languages, members of the Academic Council of the SL, and the National Library staff).
- The loan period can be extended up to six months.
- A user's eligibility for extended loans is determined by the employee of the SL registering the user and renewing his or her library card. Exceptions may be allowed by the head of the Public Services Department or the director of the division.
Article 5) Library-Item Delivery
- Library items deposited in the Klementinum are delivered every hour on the hour.
- Library items from the Central Depository of the NL CR in Prague – Hostivař are available at the Circulation Desk of the SL in the afternoon of the next day.
- If the reader requests newspapers from the Central Depositary of the NL CR in Prague – Hostivař in more than ten volumes, the materials requested are available by agreement in the Reading Room of the Central Depositary of the NL CR in Prague – Hostivař.
Prague, April 1, 2017
PhDr. Lukáš Babka
director of the Slavonic Library