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Central Library of Charles University

Operation of CU libraries from April 20th, 2020

According to the currently published schedule concerning gradual easing of the exceptional measures put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CU Central Library suggests resumption of the library services from April 20th 2020 in limited scale to ensure safety of both library employees and library patrons. However, implementation of these recommendations depends on the decision of the management of the individual CU faculties.

CU Central Library suggests providing basic library loan services by following these recommended steps:

  1. For students without any unpaid fines for late returns:
    1. Library should provide students with the means to make a reservation and process reservation of the book(s) they want to borrow through the CU Central Catalogue
    2. Library should send an e-mail notifications to students when their reservation is processed and book is ready to be lent
    3. Library should allow students to pick up their reservered book(s) only after recieving aforementioned e-mail notification or otherwise restrict the number of students present concurrently in the premises of the library
  2. Students with unpaid fines can pay them via bank transfer (see CU libraries offering this payment option).
  3. Reservations from the general public won’t be accepted and processed.

Smaller CU libraries should introduce at least library loan services based on individual user requests.

According to the Rector’s Directive No. 36/2019 and based on confirmation of the electronic application, students can make reservation of the book(s) from any of the CU libraries.

In regards to the current situation, all existing loans from CU libraries were extended until May 15, 2020 and overdue fees will not accrue during the period from March 11 to May 15, 2020.

All CU libraries also provide users with online referencing services, and they help with literature searches. Some libraries are also involved in supporting e-learning at their faculties.

Contact information

  1. For specific libraries: https://library.cuni.cz/libraries/
  2. For general inquiries: ukn@ruk.cuni.cz

These recommendations of the CU Central Library were discussed with the heads of the individual CU libraries on April 15th 2020.

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