There is 1 National Library, 8 scientific libraries, 33 academic libraries, 2,598 public libraries, 357 special libraries and 4,554 school libraries in Slovakia.

The University Library in Bratislava, founded in 1919, contains more than 2 million volumes and is the country's most important library. The Slovak National Library (1863), located in Martin, includes a collection of materials relating to Slovak culture.

Portal to catalogues and collections of Slovak libraries 

The database of Slovak libraries


Some of the libraries (national and scientific ones) can be consulted through their websites:


In general, users of the library's research areas, including Computer Catalog Centers and Copyright Office public service areas, are required to have a Reader Identification Card issued by the library. You need to have a reader's card also to borrow books. It can be obtained by presenting a valid state-issued identification card, or passport.

Usually, there are annual charges for using library services (around 6 €). New researchers should register in person at Central Registration Station Desks. Libraries do not accept registrations via mail, e-mail, or telephone.

Almost all media available at the libraries can be found in the online catalogues (LIBRIS, BIBLIS or Web-OPAC system) that allow you to search according to various factors. You can see where the publication is located and whether it can be borrowed, viewed in the reading room, or is already signed out. It is also possible to access electronic journals through university servers.

The borrowing period is normally four weeks. Renewal may be usually made up max. to three times, provided no one has placed a hold on the item(s). After the third renewal, the item must be returned to the library.

Libraries in Slovakia usually have public Internet points. The terms of their usage may vary from library to library, but generally using a computer is free of charge. In some cases, a fee may be asked. Sometimes the usage terms limit the amount of time that a computer may be used per day or week by one person.