Registration, membership card and check-out

To become a member of the library you need a membership card, which is obtainable from the registration and check-out counter in the entrance hall to the library. This card is issued subject to conditions stated in the SVK PK Library Regulations.
Holders of a University of West Bohemia JIS card or Pilsen card issued by the Pilsen Municipal Transport Undertaking may register these cards with the SVK PK as library user cards.

Selection of items

is based on various catalogues. You can search for required items:

  • in the hard-copy catalogues (by name, topic, or systematic labelling) compiled 1950–1997; the name catalogue is also available as a scanned version
  • in the electronic catalogue (documents added to the stock since 1991 with others undergoing electronic processing; now more than half the library stock in total) at https://aleph.svkpk.cz/F
  • in the museum catalogue (compiled 1907–1952), the catalogue of names is available as a scanned version; the hard-copy version is located in the internet study room on the ground floor of the building
  • in the open shelves of books you can search for the required literature directly on the shelves according to subject matter, category (Dewey Decimal System) or following the alphabetical order of authors‘ family names (for belles-lettres).

All catalogues are available in the central library. When consulting the hard-copy catalogues, make a precise note of the location mark (symbols in the top right-hand corner of the entry) of the requested documents for when ordering later.

Ordering, reservation and delivery of items

Ordering items

With the exception of items in the open shelves, you can order required items online using

  • the online catalogue at the SVK PK website
  • the four self-service workstations at the circulation desk
  • other self-service workstations located in the open study zone and open shelves

In case of difficulty with ordering online, contact the librarian on duty. If your required item is listed only in the hard-copy catalogue, place your order at the desk.

Reserving items

If the required item is temporarily out on loan to another user (including items from the open shelves) your order will appear in the system as a reservation valid for two years.
Once an item is available for collection, you will be informed by e-mail. The reserved item will be in the loan register and available for collection for a period of eight days.

Delivery of items

  • from the depository in Bory: items ordered after 1 p.m. will be available by the following morning; items ordered between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. will be available on the same day from 2 p.m.
  • orders from the depository warehouse in Bušovice are dealt with according to a schedule given at the location where the loan order is made (once weekly)

Issuing and period of loan

Issuing ordered items, period of loan

Items which have been ordered remain available for a period of eight calendar days and are issued on the basis of a valid library user’s card. The loan period is usually 30 days, if, in the case of individual types of items, the library regulations do not state otherwise. You will confirm collection of the item with your signature: this will be archived and you will receive a copy. Items in the open shelves may not be placed on order; they are intended for direct circulation loan. A loan is realised either at the loan counter, where a form will be printed which you will then sign, or by means of a self-service facility known as Self-check, where you yourself scan the document and receive a receipt as confirmation of the loan. Books are loaned free of charge; the same applies to audio and video items. You may keep a loaned item for a maximum of 90 days (45 days in the case of audio items); then they must be physically returned to the library for scanning.

Renewal of loans

Prior to the expiry of a loan period you may extend this period online via your user account or in person upon presentation of your user card at the loan desk or by calling 377 306 919 (in which case you will state the location numbers of the loaned items and the number of your user card). The standard loan period for all users is 30 calendar days with the exception of media items. If an item has not been requested by another library member, the loan may be renewed. The maximum loan period in total is 90 days.

Returning items, loss of or damage to items

Returning items

Borrowed items, including items from the open bookshelves, should be returned to the circulation counter or placed in a book box. Items returned or renewed after the return date are subject to a fee for renewal and a fee for sending a reminder, including postal costs. Charges are made according to the valid price líst of the SVK PK.

Loss of or damage to loaned items

Loss of or damage to loaned items should be reported without delay to the circulation desk. By signing the official report of the loss, the reader is committed to making good the loss in accordance with library regulations. In most cases the library requires an identical edition or copy of the item, unless for serious reasons the head of the open shelves decides otherwise. For dealing with cases of loss, the reader will be charged a handling fee for library administration as well as possible additional charges associated with the loss (copying, binding, interlibrary loan, reminders). In the event that the loan period for the lost/damaged item has expired, reporting the loss or damage will not affect the imposition of a fine for the late return of the overdue item.

Returning items elsewhere than to SVK PK sites

HERBIE book box

This is an automatic service for returning books without the need to visit the library in person. It is available to anyone wishing quickly to return a loaned item but unable in the time available to go to the library in person (SVK PK or University of West Bohemia Library).
Follow the instructions on the box, return books one-by-one by placing them in the opening. Books are collected by personnel on every working day. Returned items will be checked out from the user’s account within three working days. For items returned in this fashion there is no printed proof (protocol) of the return.

Book boxes may not be used for:

  • returning CDs borrowed from the music cabinet – these items must be returned to the music cabinet only
  • for returning books borrowed via the inter-library loan system

Damaged or incomplete items returned in this fashion will not be checked out from the user’s account. If you deposit books in a box after expiry of the loan period, you will pay the fee for the overdue item on your next visit to the library.
Completion of the transaction may be verified via your user account at the relevant library as well as by e-mail or telephone.

The return of items loaned from the SVK PK can be checked in the catalogue at https://aleph.svkpk.cz – reader notice – loan history.

Biblioboxes can be found at the following locations:

  • Klatovská 51 (in front of the Faculty of Education building, 24-hour access)
  • sady Pětatřicátníků 14 (entrance hall to the Faculty of Law, access 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
  • Univerzitní 22 (in front of the entrance to the Faculty of Engineering, 24-hour access)
  • Husova 60 (entrance hall of Pilsen central bus terminal – opposite main entrance, access 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
  • Bolevecká 30 (on the ground floor of dormitory, 24-hour access – in the evenings by permission of the warden)
  • Nádražní 9 (upper hall of main railway station next to waiting room entrance, access 3.45 a.m.– 11.00 p.m.)
  • We would like to inform you, that biblioboxes do not serve to return books with attachements such as CDs, DVDs etc.

Open shelves

This is located on the second floor of the central library.
Books located here are available for immediate loan; it is not possible to order them via the electronic catalogue.
You can place a reservation for any book from the open shelves which at the given moment is out on loan. This is done via your account in the online catalogue; you then collect these reserved items at the circulation desk on the ground floor.

Library users in the open shelves choose the desired items themselves from the shelves. Books are arranged in groups numbered 0-9 according to subject matter; in individual sub-sections arrangement is by format as indicated by the first part of the location number on the left (31A, 31B, 32A, 391A a 392A), then by the sequential location number in ascending order. Belles-lettres items in the belles-lettres room are arranged in alphabetical order according to authors’ surnames.

For better orientation you can use:

  • the electronic catalogue, selecting as the basis for your search Open access books; then under the Order button in the list of copies, you will find in the location column the subject code of the required book and its location number
  • overhead signage
  • colour-coded shelves according to specialist subjects

Loans are completed by the exit to the open shelves, either at the staffed loan counter or by self-service.

Borrowed books are always returned to the circulation desk on the ground floor.

Regulations concerning use of the open shelves are stated in Conditions of loans.
Location of specialised topics – see plan.

Circulation desk

This is located on the ground floor of the central library on the right hand side.

At the circulation desk you:

  • collect items reserved via the electronic catalogue
  • return loaned items, including those borrowed directly from the open shelves
  • report the loss of or damage to loaned items

The circulation also deals with:

  • renewal of loans (also by phone under conditions stated in the Library Regulations)
  • off-site loans and keeping records thereof

reprographic services, including “Document delivery” (express copying service for articles from periodicals using the Virtual Polytechnic Library)

Interlibrary loan service

This service is provided to library members, public libraries and other institutions. Interlibrary services (IS) are provided by the circulation desk. The provision of IS is governed by the decree on IS in the CR, internal guideline no. S-5/2010 and the valid price list.

Readers wishing to use the interlibrary service should complete the appropriate form online. 

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