The Library & Information Science Library

In the Czech Republic, our Library is the central information, documentation, and reference centre specialized in library and information science. It is designed for librarians, information staff and specialists, teachers and students as well as interested laymen.


National Library of the Czech Republic
Klementinum 190
CZ-110 01 Praha 1
2nd floor, door No. 239


21 663 347
21 663 348
21 663 342
21 663 343
21 663 330 (head)





  • Metro Line A, 'Staromestska' [Old-Town] Station
  • Tram No. 17, 18, 'Staromestska' [Old-Town] Stop
  • Bus No. 207, 'Staromestska' [Old-Town] Stop


  • Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Our collection consists of over 30,000 volumes and 200 titles of periodicals in librarianship, library science, bibliography, bibliology and information science. The collection covers nearly completely Czech and Slovak literature of the branch and also an extensive selection of important foreign monographs, anthologies, periodicals, and handbooks. Conference materials and IFLA reports are also available as well as business journey reports. There is also a collection of company documents concerning automatic library systems including demos.


Available are: OPAC, specialized databases, author and subject catalogues, specialized document files, abstracting and indexing journals - Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library Literature, Referativnyj Zhurnal - Informatika, Dokumentationsdienst Bibliothekswesen. Searching in National Library databases, CASLIN and Internet.


  • SPOJ (documentation of the Czech and a selected foreign literature - monographs, journal articles, and other documents - in library and information science, OPAC libraries)
  • LISA PLUS (world-wide survey of library and information science literature on a CD- ROM)
  • LIBRARY LITERATURE (world-wide survey of library and information science literature on a CD- ROM)
  • AK (a directory of Czech public libraries)
  • KC (library and information science journals available in our collection)
  • KZ (abbreviations used in the field of library and information science)

Currently, we have been working to make the SPOJ database available through Internet. As a temporary compensation of this service, we provide you with the possibility to download the experimental electronic version of Czech Library and Information Science Bibliography (BCKBVI) for 1989 - 1995 (in Czech). Compressed files of the bibliography are available in the following ASCII codes: Kamenicky and Latin 2. Another possibillity is the scanned card catalogue "Library Science Library Catalog".

BCKBVI in Kamenicky (1,3 MB)
BCKBVI in Latin 2 (1,3 MB)

Note: To install download BCKBVI files to a diskette or to the root directory.

Any potential queries and comments are welcome. Send them, please, to the address


Out-of-house/ in -house. All the Library and Information Science Library's collections can be studied in our Study Room, and duplicate volumes may be borrowed outside the Library or through the National Library and its Interlibrary Loan Services. Photocopy services are available next-door in the Periodicals Reading Room. The Library's services include classical and automated search services based on its catalogues, document indexes, and databases. The readers can also use the databases of the National Library, and CASLIN and Internet. The readers can also use the computers in the Study Room. The Library provides SDI services (automated searches directed by user-specified thematic profiles). On request (and subject to the Library's capacity), we can provide the users with comprehensive analytical reports from the domain of library and information science. Public library directory is used to provide reference information on Czech public libraries.


PhDr. Miroslav Ressler (Department Head)

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