Central Library of Charles University

Osmosis until 30th June

Until 30.06.2024, Charles University has trial access to Osmosis — an interactive platform for studying (and teaching) medical disciplines.

This platform combines modern technology with a deep understanding of the needs of medical and health sciences learners. It offers a wide range of multimedia learning materials, including videos, quizzes, and flashcards, designed to promote deeper understanding and long-term memory. Osmosis can be used for self-study as well as for teaching.

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Registration Renewal

Now, you can renew your registration to the services of CU libraries yourself.

I want to know more about registration self-renewal!

Please note if you are no longer a student or staff member, you will need an external service user card to renew your registration.

In case of any problems and uncertainties, please contact the Central Library.

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JSTOR Full Access Collection

The access to JSTOR collections has been extended. Now, at least until the end of 2025, the whole University has available the below-listed JSTOR collections across the various fields.

To access these collections, use the eResources Portal. All journals and articles are also searchable in the university discovery system UKAŽ.

  • Arts & Sciences I – XV
  • Life Sciences
  • Business IV
  • Hebrew Journals
  • Ireland Collection
  • Lives of Literature
  • Public Health
  • Security Studies
  • Sustainability Collection
  • Global Plants
  • 19th Century British Pamphlets
  • Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa
  • World Heritage Sites: Africa.
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business & Economics Collection
  • Business II
  • Language & Literature
  • Mathematics & Statistics


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Operation of the Faculty of Arts Libraries

Up-to-date information about the operation of the Faculty of Arts Libraries is always available on the website, Facebook and Instagram.

If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Faculty of Arts Library by email at knihovna@ff.cuni.cz.

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Loan period extension due to the tragedy

No words or actions can express the grief we feel. We express our deepest condolences to all those affected by the tragedy.

It is just a little help, but the loan period has been extended to 15 January 2024. Please do not hesitate to contact your library if you still need to adjust the term for returning or anything else from the library service; CUNI Libraries will be as helpful as possible.

And don’t hesitate to seek support.

Central Library Team

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4EU+ Alliance offers two courses

Charles University students and employees have the opportunity to complete two courses (listed below) ending with a certificate on the Coursera platform free of charge (until 31st March 2024) thanks to CU being a part of the Alliance 4EU+ membership.

 EuropeanCitizenship – Development, Scope, and Challenges

 Apart from their national citizenship, all citizens of the European Union also have European citizenship. What rights and opportunities does this transnational citizenship provide? What are the challenges and dilemmas for individuals, member states, and EU itself? The course deals with the development, application, and current challenges associated with European citizenship and its elements.

Data Literacy – What is it and Why Does it Matter?

 Our values and assumptions are influenced by the data that surrounds us – the data we create, the data we collect, and the data we share. Data literacy is crucial in today’s world for accessing the risks and opportunities associated with data–based technologies. The course looks at data literacy from three perspectives: data in personal life, data in society, and data in creating and acquiring knowledge.

How to register for the course?

Follow the instruction at the eResources Portal

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Come to our libraries

Neither books nor librarians bite. I promise! Charles University libraries can help you in many situations. Below, you will find a lot of interesting and helpful information about libraries and their services, which can help you, whether you are new at the university or you have already completed a few semesters. Let’s do this. 

Library system 

Charles University has a lot of libraries available to use. It’s not just about borrowing books there (or board games, anatomic models…), but also for sitting down and studying, or just relaxing between lectures. Each faculty has at least one library that covers the disciplines taught at that faculty. You can use their services with a CU (Student) Card, which you can get at any of the Card Service Centers and with e-application.

The list of libraries, their contacts and websites can be found here. 

However, it is also important to know how to behave in the library (and towards the library), and the Charles University Library and Circulation Rules will help you with that.

How can I use library services?

After obtaining your CU (Student) Card and as a student/employee of ‘Charles University, submit an electronic application. By completing the application form, you agree to comply with the Charles University Library and Circulation Rules and with providing personal data. Before agreeing, check the pre-filled e-mail address to which you will later receive library information, including notifications of the end of the loan period or messages about prepared reservations. It only takes a moment and then you can make full use of library services and manage your personal user account.

What are the benefits of a user account?

You can:

  • view your loans and extend them
  • view or cancel existing loan requests
  • view your fines, fees, blocks and messages and personal information (contacts)
  • view and remove a previously saved result (record) or search from Favorites

Where can I manage my user account and find available documents (books, scripts, journals, …)?

In the Central Search Engine of Charles University from A to Ž, aka UKAŽ. You can simultaneously search for printed and electronic documents available at our university; not only books and magazines, but also articles, university theses, conference materials, etc. For account management, access to electronic documents and information on the availability of printed documents, it is necessary to log in to CAS (same as SIS) with login details.

You can access UKAŽ at https://ukaz.cuni.cz/en.

You can make the whole process of searching for information sources more pleasant and efficient with our Search Tips.

I can’t log in to my user account in UKAŽ. What’s happening?

If you have been studying at the CU for some time, you have already entered electronic consent, but you still cannot log in, your registration has probably expired. To renew your registration, contact your library or use the central helpdesk.

Can I pre-order a book and just pick it up at the library?

Yes, but not every single one. UKAŽ allows you to make a request. You simply log in to your account, search for the desired book, click on the button and select a library, where you will pick the book up. This button appears only for titles that are loaned or for books with a mandatory reservation (usually these are books that need to be ordered from the warehouse). You can then find your request in your user account on the Requests tab, where you can monitor the current status of the request or cancel it. Borrowed books must be returned to the library where you borrowed it. More information here.

Can I access electronic resources from home?

Yes, most electronic resources are available to you both from study rooms, from the comfort of your home or from anywhere you have access to the Internet, it’s so-called remote access. All you need is to be logged in in UKAŽ.

I can’t get to the article I want or I can’t find the book I need, what now?

When you come across a link to an electronic resource (book, article, journal…) marked with the note “Pouze pro/Only for”, you will only be able to access it if you are from the said faculty or unit. However, do not despair, it is also possible to go to the faculty library and read this document there.

If the text you are looking for is not available for CU in any form, you can ask your library for the Interlibrary Loan Service. Contact your library for specific information.

If, according to the instructions, the electronic resource should be available for you, or you think that something is wrong with it (for example, the link does not go where it should), do not hesitate to report it to us using the “Report a Problem” button and we will look into it. If you let your email here, we can reach you with some further information or help you to find needed document in different, legal, way.

I found this button . Can I click on it?

Yes. If you come across a “CUNI” icon or a link with the text “CUNI link” anywhere, you can click on it without any worries. It works in a way, that it will display an UKAŽ record with a list of links where the document can be read in electronic form. If the CU libraries have the document in printed form, you can find out in this way whether and where it is possible to borrow it.

I need to look up a database, where can I find it?

Sometimes it is important to start your search in a specific database. We know this, which is why you will find them all together on the Portal of Electronic Resources (PEZ). You can find here subscribed full-text databases (books and journals), but there are also these ones without a full-text (various tools, statistics, abstracts, citation managers…) as well as open access resources and trial accesses. You can use filters to refine your searches. For each resource you will find a short description with the content and features of the database.

You can access PEZ at https://ezdroje.cuni.cz/?lang=en

I have a problem but this article doesn’t answer it, where can I go?

If you have come across a problem, for example, outside of the library’s working hours or you simply don’t like to write emails, you can have a look at Alma Wiki. This page contains many other instructions and tips, such as the best and most efficient way to search for information resources, how to borrow an e-book, but it can also help with login problems or extending a loan.

Don’t be afraid to go to libraries! We have more services for you than just borrowing books and we are happy to help you out. Come to our study rooms with friends, watch the events organized by the CU libraries, after all, libraries and universities simply belong together 😊

Your libraries

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Elsevier e-books (more than thousand of them)

Until the end of the year, more than a thousand e-books from Elsevier are available to Charles Uni’s users as part of our CzechELib subscription. This selection of e-books covers these fields:

  • Agricultural, Biological, and Food Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Science and Medicine
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Energy
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Materials Science
  • Neuroscience and Psychology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutical Science
  • Social Sciences

All of these e-books (and much more content) can be found at UKAŽ or directly in the ScienceDirect collection at the eResources Portal

The title list is available here

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Online library of Ukrainian and world literature

On the eResources Portal, you can find an exciting new e-book database – the online library of Ukrainian and world literature in Ukrainian. We hope that this opportunity will make many students and academics delighted.

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Emerald e-books

All students and employees of Charles University had temporary access to thousands of Emerald e-books. 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 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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