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The Czech Republic Libraries Association

Strategic Partner of
Libraries in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has a dense network of public libraries (about 5 libraries per 10,000 inhabitants). Of the 5 317 institutions, 804 libraries have professional staff. In 2018, libraries carried 4.5 million loans, held 120,000 events. Libraries have a strong tradition in the Czech Republic and their activity is positively evaluated by the public. They make information, education, and culture accessible to a wide range of inhabitants, especially the socially disadvantaged.

In 2020, the Czech Republic Libraries Association has 60 members, including the largest libraries in the Czech Republic (National Library of the Czech Republic, 13 central regional libraries, the Municipal Library of Prague). This association represents organizations, legal entities, but not individual members.

We focus on:

  • To argue and emphasize the importance of libraries in the democratic process and promote freedom of information and speech
  • To ensure the principle of the free lending right, independent of technological and political changes in society
  • To develop and strengthen libraries as promoters of knowledge, information and culture
  • To develop and strengthen libraries in building and supporting education, and as an arena for learning, research and innovation.
  • To promote an effective and robust library service of high quality.
  • To ensure development and innovation in the Czech library sector
  • To build alliances and co-operate with relevant national and international organisations within the fields of research, education and culture.