2. Resources in the UK
We cannot list all the libraries in the UK holding Czech resources. So before checking one of the larger libraries on this page, always search the catalogues of your University library first, and those which are in your neighbourhood. University libraries tend to have different specialisms depending on the research interests of the lecturers and researchers associated with the institution, so collections may vary considerably. Be creative when doing your research and use COPAC to locate your materials.
The British Library
The British Library's collection of books of Czech provenance and of books in the Czech language is among the most important collections outside the Czech Republic and, with regard to continuity, probably the major collection of such material outside the country of origin.
It contains links to sites within all subject areas of the Humanities, including academic institutions, art and culture, libraries and archives, media, publishers and booksellers, as well as Czech gateways and directories Czech Collections of the British Library.
Bodleian Library at Oxford
This is the main research library of Oxford University, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library, having a stock of 6 million volumes. Admission open to members of Oxford University is free, and to other bona fide scholars on production of a suitable letter of recommendation and proof of identity. Graduate students affiliated to universities and colleges funded by the higher education funding councils of the UK or the Republic of Ireland are exempt from payment.
Cambridge University Library
This library has more than 5 million books and more than 1.5 million serial volumes. For vacation access only your student ID is required, although during term time and for the section Manuscripts & Rare Books you have to produce a letter from your supervisor. Students from foreign universities are subject to an administration charge of £10 for six months. Newton is the online catalogue for the libraries of Cambridge University, including Cambridge University Library and its dependent libraries, and most faculty, departmental and college libraries.
University of London Library: Senate House
The University of London Library is one of the major academic libraries of the United Kingdom. Access is free for all postgraduates (although you have to show proof of identity and get a card). However, lending rights are only given automatically to University of London students and staff. Anyone else has to pay a fee (there are various different categories). Photocopying (also onto CDs) is available at a reasonable rate.
British Film Institute Library
The BFI Library provides access to a large collection of documentation and information on film and television including Czech films and scripts.
The National Art Library - Victoria and Albert Museum
NAL is both a major reference library and the Victoria and Albert Museum's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book, with a special collection of prints, drawings and paintings.