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Central Library of Charles University

New collection from Emerald Publishing available

Until 11/30/2022, all students and staff of Charles University have temporary access to a collection of e-books from many scientific disciplines on the Emerald platform. The platform covers a diverse diverse discipline such as: Management, Tourism, Finance, Librarianship, Public Policy, Marketing, Hospitality, Environment, Criminology, Gender Studies, Arts, Discrimination, Humanities and so on.

This extensive book collection is available in the Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA) mode, which means that users have access to the entire book collection on the Emerald platform and then, based on statistics, the most read titles will be selected for permanent purchase.

Direct/remote access to the platform and other information can be found on the CU eResources Portal.

All e-books are also searchable in the university search engine UKAŽ


The purchase has been supported from the ERDF programme “ERDF pro VŠ II na UK – VRR“Reg. No. CZ.02.2.67/0.0/0.0/18_057/0013298

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Erasmus+ Staff Training Week 2022

Hello everybody!

Another year has come by and therefore we would like to invite you to the Erasmus+ Staff Training Week. This year it will take place from June 6th to June 10th 2022.

The deadline for applying is April 6th and the application results will be communicated the following day (April 7th).

The application form and more information can be found on iMotion or on the CU Library website. The program will be available on both pages in the next two weeks.

We look forward to seeing you here with us (again) and hope that we will all have a great time.

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New e-books on Oxford Scholarship Online, Sage Knowledge and ScienceDirect

All students and employees of Charles University had temporary access to thousands of e-books from many scientific fields on the Oxford Scholarship Online (access until November 2021), Sage Knowledge (access until November 2021) and ScienceDirect (access until December 2021) platforms for one year.

The e-books were accessible in a so-called Evidence-Based Acquisition model (EBA). EBA allowed users to access the entire content of a platform/collection for one year, and then, based on statistical data, the most used titles have been selected for purchase and perpetual access – you can find their list here. Or  the better scenario – you can find them in the CU Discovery Service (UKAŽ) and can read them from anywhere.


The purchase has been supported from the ERDF programme “ERDF pro VŠ II na UK – VRR” (reg. no. CZ.02.2.67/0.0/0.0/18_057/0013298)

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Central Library lends laptops to students during the pandemic

Did your personal computer break down and you cannot attend online lectures or write your seminar papers? The CU Central Library has a solution.

During the period of emergency measures, students of bachelor’s and master’s study programmes of Charles University can temporarily borrow a laptop for study purposes. Preference is given to students who meet the conditions for the social bursary and accommodation scholarship in an increased assessment (according to the current university regulations) and students with special needs.

The loan can be arranged by e-mail at barbora.hlinkova@ruk.cuni.cz or by phone at +420 773 773 131.


The purchase of laptops has been supported from the project “Vytvoření infrastruktury pro Centrum e-learningu” (reg. no.: CZ.02.2.67/0.0/0.0/16_016/0002301).

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Expanding the ERA Reseach Club. Your help is needed!

Are you at the start of your research career and would you appreciate training in skills such as research study design, critical evaluation, research management, and academic writing? With the support of ERA Chair project “Chaperon” the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen is now designing a supporting programme for young researchers at Charles University.

Let’s make sure that it is tailored to your needs – via a brief (one page) survey at https://tinyurl.com/jpwjxb6y!

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Invitation: Management of Science

Would you like to obtain a grant and do not know all the procedures? The “Management of Science” workshop may help you get the necessary financial sources for your research. Register for the Management of Science webinar to find out more!

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When the first seminar paper knocks at your door…

In college, you need to read a lot of academic literature when writing each seminar paper. Charles University libraries offer not only traditional printed books, journals and university textbooks, but also a number of electronic resources (scientific articles, e-books, thematic databases, encyclopedias or multimedia) that are available online whether you are on-site at the university campus, home or even in a café. Let’s learn where to find them and how to work with them.

UKAŽ – everything in one place

After the summer break (we start in September 2021) you can look forward to the brand new central search engine UKAŽ (ukaz.cuni.cz/en), where you will find both printed books and journals from the collections of Charles University libraries, as well as electronic journals, e-books, articles, theses, news, music, conference papers and other academic materials available at Charles University. UKAŽ also allows direct management of the user account – tracking and renewing loans, entering requests (item reservations), exporting citations, saving found records for later and other useful and interesting functions. Everything is in one place – just fill out the e-application and become a registered user of CU libraries.

Are you more interested in specific subject databases available online (so-called electronic resources, e-resources or ER)? Then you will surely like CU eResources Portal (eresources.cuni.cz), where you will find an overview of all currently available databases. You can easily list them all alphabetically or filter them using a specific subject or faculty availability.

Don’t forget that most e-resources can be accessed remotely (e.g. from your home) via UKAŽ and the Portal, all you need is a valid password to CASCharles University Central Authentication Service.

“Find It” button in databases

If you come across an icon or link with the text “Find It” anywhere, you can safely click on it. This service will find out if it is possible to access the full text of the article or e-book. After clicking on the icon, a list of links will appear which you can use to open the document.

Take care, you will only be able to access those marked with the note Pouze pro/Only for if you are from the specified faculty or other unit.

If the text is not available to CU, a link to the list of CU libraries will be displayed. Choose yours and let them know that you are interested in that particular document. The library might buy it for their collection or get it for you by borrowing it from another library in the Czech Republic or even abroad.

Have you run into an issue or do you have a question about CU electronic resources in the UK? Let us know at admin-eiz@cuni.cz. You can also find more information about electronic resources at CU website.

How to register to CU libraries?

In order to be able to use all the services of the Charles University libraries and operate your user account, it is necessary to register online in advance. Registration to all CU libraries takes place uniformly by filling in the e-application.

To register, you first need to have one of the CU cards issued to you. After that, you can log in using your CAS credentials – your personal number, which is on your CU card under the photo, and your valid CAS password.


You can also follow news from the world of electronic resources (ER) on Facebook. Don’t forget to also follow the pages of your faculty library, where you will find the most up-to-date information relevant to your faculty.

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The new UKAŽ and the Alma library platform are live. Come visit our libraries!

Today, the libraries of Charles University started operating in the new library platform Alma. It also includes a new form of the discovery service UKAŽ (ukaz.cuni.cz/en), which replaces and unifies the functions of the original library catalogue (CKIS), the SFX link server and the Ebsco Discovery Service.

The launch of the Alma platform and the new UKAŽ was preceded by thorough preparation both at the Central Library and in the individual sub-libraries, whose staff trained during the summer. We would like to thank all colleagues from the sub-libraries for their cooperation and wish them well used in the new system. No small credit also belongs to our colleagues from the Computer Science Centre as well as the Public Procurement Department who have contributed significantly to the successful selection of the new platform.

How does the new UKAŽ work?

The new form of the discovery service, in addition to searching printed, electronic and digital information sources from the collections of Charles University, also allows direct management of your user account. It is therefore no longer necessary to use a separate library catalogue for monitoring and renewing loans and making requests (item reservations) – everything is available in one place, under a single account, via one online registration. The new UKAŽ also includes the option to save the found records for later, export citations via the citace.com manager, set regular alerts on topics that interest you, etc.

You can find more information and instructions for using the search engine on a separate page.

» Discover CU resources in the new UKAŽ!

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CU Central Catalog has been terminated

Due to planned migration to the new CU library platform, the CU Central Catalog has been terminated at 12. 8. 2021. Also, printed documents and some e-books are not available in the Discovery Service UKAŽ.

On 1st September, the CU Central Catalog and the current Discovery Service UKAŽ will be replaced by the new UKAŽ appearance (the address will remain the same: ukaz.cuni.cz/en).

In addition to searching for printed, electronic, and digital resources from Charles University’s library collections, the new UKAŽ will provide users with direct access to their accounts. Therefore, it will no longer be necessary to use a separate library catalog for tracking and renewing loans and making loan requests. Instead, everything will be newly available in one place, under one account, with a single online registration to all CU libraries.

UKAŽ will also offer the option to save the search records for later, export citations via the citace.com manager, set alerts on exciting topics, etc.

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Moodle will be temporarily unavailable

CU Moodle will be temporarily unavailable from July 29 to August 1, 2021, due to the regular summer maintenance and system upgrade. Thank you for your understanding.
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