The German Library of the Goethe-Institute was opened 5. 11. 1998.

The German Library (GL) in Pilsen, a partner library of the Goethe-Institute, is, along with the English and Austrian libraries, part of the Foreign Libraries section of the Education and Research Library of the Pilsen Region. The Goethe-Institute participated in the establishment of the library and supplied the start-up stock, which the Education and Research Library of the Pilsen Region has loaned on a long-term basis. At present the stock of the GL continues to be supplemented on a regular basis with materials from the Goethe-Institute. The library is an independent workplace of the Education and Research Library of the Pilsen Region, which is responsible for its operation. The entire stock of the GL is accessible via the electronic catalogue; all services are governed by the Library Regulations of the SVK PK.

For applications and issuing of user cards, visit the SVK PK building entrance hall at Smetanovy sady 2, during opening hours.

German Library stock


In addition to the standard library services, such as circulation and onsite loans, the German Library also offers users technical equipment and support:

  • DVD and video player for watching films onsite
  • audio technology for listening to audio books and music
  • information on language examinations and Goethe-Institute courses
  • together with the Goethe-Institute Prague we organise exhibitions, film shows or authorial readings in the library
  • hiring the video room – price list

Other onsite services available to users are:

  • internet access
  • access to the German Library catalogue
  • copying facilities
  • information service
  • foreign database

These onsite services are offered in the calm and cosy surroundings of a historical building, where you can spend a pleasant while over a book or the daily press.

For further information please phone: + 420 377 237 356.


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