Borrow, Return, Renew

NTK’s borrowing services and policies may vary according to your customer group (faculty, staff, undergraduate, member of UCT Prague community, etc.) and your residence status. Use our Access & Privileges Tool to check your status. If you still have questions after reading these pages, feel free to contact us.

Borrowing materials

Materials you can borrow


Use the catalog to find books.

If a book is freely accessible, you will see its location on the shelves (e.g., shelf 6C/284:6 means: 6th floor, section C, rack 284). Get it and use the self-check machines to borrow.

If a book is in underground storage or already checked out by other patron, you need to order it via the catalog.

Print journals

New volumes of print journals - usually the last two - can be found in the Periodicals Reading Room (3rd floor) and must be used there.

Older issues of journals are bound and placed on the shelves and can be checked out like books. Use the catalog to find them.

Remember: Many journal articles and books are available online.

eBook Readers

We have Kindle Fires, PocketBook Touches and iPad Minis, already pre-loaded with several eBooks, available. You must reserve readers using the catalog. Within seven days of receiving an email confirmation, you can pick up readers at the main service desk (second floor).

After using readers, return them to the same desk before 7 p.m. (weekdays) and before 4 p.m. (Saturdays).

Please be sure to charge your device before returning it: the battery must be at least 60% full or you cannot return it until it's recharged.

Our experts can help you use readers; ask them at service desks. You can also download instructions for the Kindle Fire.    

Assorted materials

We also offer an assortment of other materials, including canasta cards; the board game, Checkers & Mill; travel chess; frisbees; umbrellas; 8GB flash drives; headphones; optical mouses; and whiteboard pens. Request them at the main service desk (2nd floor).

Basic loan period for these items is 14 days, renewable once. The late fee is 20CZK per business day.

What you need to borrow materials

You need to be:

1. Registered with NTK.

2. Have a permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic. Check your privileges: Access & Privileges Tool.

Please note that items with a red dot on their spines (or with an LCC code ending in the letter "z") must remain in the library and cannot be checked out.

How to borrow or reserve

Check out

While privileges may vary, most customers can check out 15 items for 28 days each, with four renewals per item.

You can check out materials using the self-check machines or by asking for help at a service desk.

Reserves/items in closed stacks

To reserve an item or to order it from the closed stacks, you need to:

  1. Log in to the catalog.
  2. Follow the instructions.

If you order something from the closed stacks, it will be ready within an hour.

Self-service reserves

  • You can pick up your reserves from the self-service shelf (Floor 3, Sector A).
  • Find your reserve on the shelf using your last name.
  • Before you leave the library, don't forgot to use a self-check machine (Floors 1, 2, 3) to check out the item for home use.
  • If you decide not to borrow the book, please put it back on the shelf.

If you cannot find something you want to borrow, please go to a service desk and our experts will help you find it. If they can't find it, it may be available via interlibrary loan or document delivery.

Returning materials

You are responsible for items you’ve checked out until they are returned.

Be sure to keep your email address up to date; don’t let someone else use your library card; be careful with the materials you’ve borrowed; and remember to return things you’ve checked out when you’ll be out of town for long periods of time.

How to return materials

When the library’s open, you can return books using the two self-service return machines on the ground floor (one is opposite the gallery; the other one is near the cash/registration desk).

When the library’s not open, you can use the return box located at the NTK3 entrance. If you return something there, it will be noted in your user account the next business day.

Late fees

Late return charges are typically 2CZK for each business day.

You can pay late fees at the cash desk on the ground floor. If you don’t pay late fees, your borrowing privileges will be suspended.

Damaged or lost items

Be sure to report damage or loss at a service desk. Replacement fees vary according to the damage and/or the item. You will work with library staff to identify options for replacement as well as the damage/loss fee.

Lost items are the property of the Czech Republic, so please return an item if you eventually find it at a service desk, even if you already paid a damage/loss fee.

Renewing materials

Items can be renewed four times via your user account or by phone, email, self-check, or in person at a service desk.

Or call us: (+420) 232 002 535

Editor: Stephanie Krueger Last modified: 9.3. 2018 12:03