Libraries

There are about 5240 libraries in Slovakia (scientific, academic, public, special and school libraries). Among them the most important is The Slovak National Library (1863) located in Mratin - a modern scientific, cultural, information and educational institution that serves all citizens of Slovakia and users from abroad. The largest research library is the University Library in Bratislava, founded in 1919, contains more then 2 million volumes.

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.