The Parliamentary library is one of the departments of the Office of the Chamber of Deputies. It serves Members of Parliament and Senators, bodies of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate, employees of the Office of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate and selected institutions and users.
The Parliamentary library provides public library and information services. For external users it only provides loans for studying in the reading rooms.
Since its inception the Library has collected nearly 220,000 volumes of legal publications, legislation, political science, modern history, philosophy, sociology, economics, culture, encyclopaedias and reference books. The core of the book collection consists of Czech parliamentary documents and laws from eighteen other foreign parliaments.
In accordance with the Act on the State Preservation of Monuments, the historically most valuable part of the library collection was even proclaimed a cultural monument by the Ministry of Culture in 2000.
The Parliamentary library provides loan services, photoduplication services (library materials) and reference services. The loan services are offered as "in-house" and "to be checked out of the Library" (the second one is for internal users only).
Users keep at disposal reading room for newspapers and journals (Sněmovní 1) and legislative and general study room (Sněmovní 4) for their in-house study purpose.
The newest books in our collection you can find here.
The library offers two special information services arising from its exceptional position:
- The information point to obtain an user account to Registry according to Act of Law No. 159/2006 Coll., on Conflict of Interests
- The access to Annual financial reports of political parties and movements
The digital archive of parliamentary documents (debates, bills, lists of MPs and Senators, other parliamentary documents).
Our digital archive contains in its main section parliamentary documents from today going back to 1848. A historical section offers documents from the period of Czech (Bohemian) Assemblies and old prints from the beginning of our parliamentarianism since the 11th century.