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Social and Natural Sciences Reading Room



LOCATION Ground floor, door no. 24-26 (next to the General Reading Room)
TELEPHONE 221 663 146
221 663 111 (operator)

Mon-Sat: 9.00 - 19.00

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

Social and Natural Science Reading Room Regulations
  • almost ten thousand volumes of encyclopedias, handbooks and a selection of Czech and foreign-language monographs, mainly in the humanities and social and natural sciences and 50+ electronic resources (especially CD-ROMs)
    • Volumes are categorized in Classified Arrangement of the Social and Natural Science Reading Room
    • you will find shelf marks of the Reading Room collection in OPAC (for example SSV 316.36 EXP )
      -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
  • Licensed online databases (available through Wi-Fi) including 
    • the National Library databases and a selection of other resources are accessible on a LAN working station
  • use of materials from the Reading Room reference collection
    • for your convenience publications are mostly on open shelves
    • ask the librarian for the ones shelved at the desk or on dedicated racks
  • delivery of microfilms and microfiches
  • there is a limit of maximum 10 items; reservation of materials for  up to 7 days only
  • in the case you need to use a print item delivered from the stacks jointly with a non-print material or an online resource address the librarian
  • delivery of materials with sound (and, in exceptional cases, audio-visual) recordings - partially unavailable
  • making accessible electronic resources (CD-ROMs, diskettes ...) - temporarily unavailable
    • please note: making accessible non-print material takes place in reduced opening hours
  • referral and consulting services
  • self-service copying
  • photoduplication orders
  • Rules of information technology use in Social & Natural Sciences Reading Room
  • Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
  • two places for persons with a grave physical disability and their assistants


Librarian in charge: PhDr. Michal Hora

Eva Němcová

Oct 25, 2021
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