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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 admission ticket, may use the General Reading Room.

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 „ask the staff - at the desk“and „ask the staff - adjacent repository“ please ask the librarian
  • National Digital Library is made available through the system Kramerius (access on 1 work station; 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; 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)
  • internet access
  • 204 study places, including 4 places for disabled users

  • Librarian in charge: Linda Malá

    Eva Němcová

Jul 19, 2022
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