Because Strahov Library does not loan its books (considering the exceptional nature and value of the collections) outside the confines of the abbey, a reading room has been opened for the public to study the library's books.
Tu 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Th 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fr 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The reading room will be closed from July 1, 2016 to September 2, 2016.
To help members of the public retrieve the books they are looking for, a card index is available in the Reading Room. New additions were made (with the odd exception) to the index until 1950. This is a catalogue of authors with cross-references in the case of important keywords (e.g. Prague, Bohemia, etc.). It also contains manuscripts and incunabula. Part of the new electronic catalogue is available in the Clavius program.
Three fifths of the manuscript collection is accessible in a printed catalogue by B Ryba.
New additions since 1992 are available in the List of New Aquisitions; some of them have been catalogued.
The Reading Room's reference library contains common specialist and encyclopaedic literature related to the nature of the historic book collection, and also includes some special titles (especially a section on the Premonstratensians), along with whole series - with the odd missing issue - of some periodicals (Analecta Praemonstratensia, Archiv für Kirchengeschichte von Böhmen-Mähren-Schlesien, Easopis katolického duchovenstva, Sborník Historického kroužku), encyclopaedias (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Brockhaus), specialist encyclopaedic work and dictionaries (Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, Theologische Realenzyklopädie, Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie, Lexikon des Mittelalters, Dizionario degli istituti di perfezione), and other compendious works of a synthetic nature from the areas of historiography, history of art, auxilliary historical disciplines, and theology.
Reprographic and photographic services:
Photocopies: A4 - CZK 4; A3 - CZK 5