When you start looking for a source that is not available in your College or University library, you have several other options. You can look for it

The majority of these institutions have an online catalogue, which means you do not need to phone, email or go there. However, before choosing the institution that you think is the most likely to have your source remember that many countries (including the United Kingdom and France) have META-OPACs, that is, online catalogues which collect all the OPACs of a certain area. COPAC, for example, collect major British OPACs; CCFR collects French major online catalogues. And there are even META-OPACs which allow you to do online bibliographical searches of different national OPACs at once. This facility gives you the greatest overview of what is available on a trans-national level. We therefore suggest you should start by having a look at the META-OPACs relevant to Czech Studies, included in our

Although META-OPACs permit you to scan a massive amount of books (authors, titles, and subjects), this information will not include any articles. So, if you are looking for secondary literature, especially articles and chapters in books, the best way of resourcing these materials is to consult the

MLA International Bibliography which will be available on CD-ROM or in print at your University Library. The MLA International Bibliography provides a listing and subject index for books and articles published in modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It indexes over 50000 books and articles each year.

1. Resources in the Czech Republic

1.3 Libraries


The National Library of the Czech Republic

Libri Prohibiti-the Exile Literature Library-is the library of Czech and Slovak books written and published in exile orsamizdat. The library contains Czech and Slovak samizdat literature from 1960 to 1989, including periodicals; Czech and Slovak exile literature from 1948 to 1998, including periodicals; Polish samizdat literature from 1979 to 1989, including magazines; literature of Czech wartime exile from 1939 to 1945; literature of the Russian and Ukrainian exile from 1920 to 1990, including magazines (a limited collection); foreign language literature relating to Czechoslovakia, including periodicals; material of the Czech and Polish domestic and foreign opposition (leaflets, postcards etc.); documents of VONS, Charter 77, and other independent initiatives; audio and video recordings by domestic and foreign opposition.

Library of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Also contains a Global Catalogue of the Institute Libraries of the ASCR, and the Institute Bibliography ASEP. Journals published by the Academy of Sciences can be found here

The Municipal Library of Prague is the capital's public library. It offers loans, materials for reference, newspapers and magazines, audio material, music sheets, graphics and reproductions in the artoteque.

Czech Library of Electronic Texts contains texts and links to both original Czech literature and Czech translations.

The Czech National Corpus (CNC) is a non-commercial, academic project focused on building up a large computer-based corpus, containing mostly written Czech material.

Václav Havel Library - contains the complete works of Václav Havel and everything related to his public activities.