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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)



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

General Reading Room Regulations

  • a library of approx. 12 000 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 „ask the staff -  at the desk“ please ask the librarian
  • National Digital Library is made available through the system Kramerius (access on 2 work stations; access to public domain works also through Wi-Fi)
  • Licensed online databases (available through Wi-Fi) including 
  • a selection of Czech newspapers
  • a selection of Czech periodicals


  • making available of printed materials from NL collections for in-house use (from the year of publication 1801),
    - there is a limit of maximum 10 items (see Section 10 of the General Reading Room Regulations)
    - in case of newspapers or any large-size volumes, the limit amounts to a maximum of 6 volumes (in principle one year-volume of newspaper)

    The hold period is 14 calendar days. If no other user is interested in the library item, this period can be extended via online catalogue , on request to the library staff, via e-mail or phone, even repeatedly

  • use of materials from the Reading Room Reference Collection
  • referral and consulting services
  • photoduplication orders (Price List)
  • scanning tent
  • Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
  • internet access
  • 204 study places, including 2 places for disabled users

  • Librarian in charge: Linda Malá

    Eva Němcová

Apr 19, 2024
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