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State Technical Library
Mariánské nám. 5
P. O. B. 206
110 01 Praha 1

Company ID 61387142
Operational organization: State Technical Library
Library: State Technical Library, special library
Reg. No. 0264/2002

  phone: +420 221 663 111
fax: +420 222 221 340

Opening hours

The library is open from Monday to Friday 8 a. m. to 8 p. m.
On Saturday from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.

In July and August the STL closes at 4 p. m. except Tuesday, when it stays open till 8 p. m. On Saturdays during this period, the library is closed.

In case of some limitations we will announce it on our homepage.

Opening hours of Reference Centre

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday     9 a. m. - 6 p. m.
Tuesday9 a. m. - 8 p. m.
Individual consultations:
Monday to Thursday 8 a. m. to 9 a. m.

STL Collections

contain over 1.2 million volumes - books, journals, newspapers, scholarly studies, trade information, electronic documents and other publications and texts from the field of technology and applied natural and technology-related social sciences.

How to become an STL user

If you are older than 18, all you have to do is to come to the library, produce a valid identity card and pay a registration fee according to the valid Price List of STL Services. Applicants aged 15 to 18 need an written consent of their parents or custodians. For more information see the Library regulations.

Study facilities in the State Technical Library

The General Study Room, Computer Study Room and Reference Centre are available for in-site study. The STL organizes various seminars and training courses for experts and general public in its Training Centre.

STL Services

The State Technical Library provides a number of services - traditionally you can look up an document in a catalogue, borrow it either for in-site study in the premises of the STL or for off-site lending, reserve is, etc. (see Lending Services). STL also offers the possibility to borrow books from other libraries in the Czech Republic as well as worldwide by means of interlibrary services. Users can of course also copy selected documents both in b&w and in colour (copy services). By means of the Virtual Polytechnic Library you can order copies sent by e-mail and most of services offered above.
The Reference Centre provides consulting, Search and advisory services from information sources available at the STL and on the internet. You can also gain internet access from the Computer Study Room.


The services of the library should improv with the construction of its new building in the university campus in Prague 6 - Dejvice. The project of the National Library of Technology (NTK) as the centre of information infrastructure of R&D, education and public information services in the Czech Republic, was launched by the State Technical Library in 2000. Its aim was to provide better access for the students and teaching staff of the technical universities and for the general professional public to information but also to solve the current problematic location of the State Technical Library in the building of the Klementinum, and help thus to solve the spatial limitations of the National Library.


The State Technical Library is the host of the Czech National ISSN Centre (ČNS ISSN), which assigns ISSN numbers and registers serial publications published on the territory of the Czech Republic. The ISSN (International Standard Serial Numbering) system registers on worldwide scale serial publications (newspapers, journals, editions of professional and scientific books, etc.), collects information necessary for their identification and bibliographic checking, and provides access to these files as well as other services.


Polythematic Structured Subject Heading System (PSH), a tool for the subject indexing of documents and for searching in library databases, is an original product of the STL. Bilingual version 1.4 (containing over 16,000 keywords in Czech and English) is available to public libraries free of charge, to commercial firms for a fee.


The barcode system is currently being used by several hundred Czech libraries. Identification codes of libraries can be used on User's Cards, for property identification and the like. The State Technical Library is responsible for system maintenance in the Czech Republic.

Other Information

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