We will provide resources for your work and study

Information resources – printed monographs, periodicals, e-books and databases – are obtained by the library by purchase, exchange or gift. When selecting them, we pay attention to the scholarly focus of the faculty and the requirements of teachers and students.

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Anyone can send a purchase suggestion.

Purchase of resources

Purchase of information resources for academics

The library uses different funds to purchase books, journals and electronic information resources. Books and journals can be purchased to become part of the collections of the Central Library, the relevant departmental library or can be obtained for long-term loan.

Purchase of items to be placed in the Central Library (institutional support)

Departments have at their disposal an amount allocated by the faculty that they can use to purchase resources to become part of the Central Library’s collections.

There is an assigned person at each department who is responsible for collecting the requirements at department level. If you are interested in purchasing an item, please contact this person. The list of required information resources is then sent to the library. This is followed by a check for duplicates and availability. If the library does not have the resource and is able to acquire it, the process continues with a demand or tender procedure and the required resources are ordered. The library will then take care of library processing of the items and will make them available to users.

The library monitors the drawing of institutional support funds allocated to individual departments and when necessary assists the departments in adjusting their orders to meet the financial requirements. 

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Purchase of items to be placed in departmental libraries

If you want to purchase new information resources for your departmental library, contact the assigned person at your department. The collections of departmental libraries are supplemented exclusively from the funds of individual departments; orders and the subsequent accounting agenda are handled by the department itself according to the public procurement procedure (projects, grants). The library supervises the process from a methodological point of view and, after the purchase, ensures library processing.

All items obtained in this way must be registered in the library catalogue and confirmed on the accounting documents by the acquisition department before these documents are handed over to the economic department.

Purchase of items for long-term loan

Faculty staff can borrow for their scholarly work publications purchased from department or project funds for a longer than usual loan period, known as long-term loan.

After purchase, the information resource becomes part of the library’s collection and must be properly recorded in the catalogue. It is therefore necessary to bring the physical copy to the library, where the cataloguing will take place and the loan rules will be set. The loan period ends on the set date, but no later than as of the date of termination of the employment contract. If you no longer need the loan or the project under which the publication was purchased has ended, it can be returned at the Circulation and Registration Desk. You can find an overview of your loans in your account after logging in to the catalogue.

Long-term loans can also be transferred between employees with the written consent of both parties. If you are interested in this option, write to knihovna@phil.muni.cz.

Students can contact the library to request a temporary in-house use of publications with a long-term loan status, unless another access to them is provided (E-loans).

Project-funded purchases

Employees drawing funds from projects and grants can also allocate part of the funds to the purchase of new literature.

The purchase and accounting processing are the responsibility of the given department in accordance with the project documentation with possible methodological assistance of the Central Library. All information resources obtained in this way must be registered in the library catalogue and confirmed on the accounting documents by the acquisition department before the documents are handed over to the economic department. The library will subsequently take care of library processing.

Information resources obtained from project and grant funds are most often transferred to long-term loans and departmental libraries, but can also be placed in the Central Library.

Purchase of electronic information resources

If you need to buy or subscribe to a new electronic information resource for your students or research, we will arrange the entire acquisition process. From negotiating with the supplier, through demand/tender procedure, to its purchase and making it available. First of all, however, it is necessary to consult the purchase and check for possible duplicates within the entire university. Therefore, please use the contact form below. We will contact you and arrange the details.

In addition to making the resource available within the MU network, including remote access, we also offer methodological support, promotion and training in working with electronic information resources. 

Suggest a purchase of e-resource Arrange training on e-resources

Exchange of publications

Exchange of publications

The exchange of books and journals is an advantageous way of establishing relations between institutions and promoting one’s own publications. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for obtaining scholarly titles for the library’s collection free of charge.

I am interested in exchange

For academics of the MU Faculty of Arts

We offer departments and academics the opportunity to send their own publications (journals and monographs) to institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad, and the opportunity to obtain new titles for departmental libraries by means of exchange. This service serves not only as an opportunity to obtain literature that would be otherwise difficult to access, but also as a form of presentation of scholarly results of academics’ work.

How the exchange of a monograph or journal works

If you are interested in an exchange, please fill in the form. We will contact you and arrange further details. From the list of partners, we will select the institutions that specialize in the subject of the book or journal. If you are interested in an exchange with a specific institution with which we have not yet established a partnership, you can enter the name of the institution in the form. Subsequently, we will try to establish cooperation with the institution.

Then you will hand over the agreed number of copies of the title and the library will take care of their packaging and dispatch. Postage is paid from the library budget.

Information about ongoing exchange

If you want to find out with which institutions the exchange is already taking place, establish a new partnership or cancel an existing one, enter the request using the form.

The advantages of exchange

  • no payments to intermediaries
  • dissemination and promotion of own publications
  • regular delivery
  • obtaining publications that are published in a smaller number of copies and cannot be obtained in the usual way
  • establishing closer relations between institutions and their staff

Partner institutions

These are libraries, universities, departments, divisions of the Academy of Sciences, national heritage institutes, galleries, museums, etc.

Selected partners in the Czech Republic

  • National Museum
  • Palacký University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Czech Studies
  • Strahov Library
  • Faculty of Arts of Charles University

Selected foreign partners

  • The Library of Congress
  • Glasgow University Library
  • University College London, UCL Library Services
  • Academic Library of Tallinn University
  • Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Biblioteka Jagiellonska
  • National Library of Belarus
  • Museum of Fine Arts Budapest
  • Slovenský filmový ústav

For institutions interested in exchange

We maintain contact and exchange our faculty publications with more than 350 partners in the Czech Republic and abroad. Feel free to contact us using the form if you are interested in cooperation. We offer faculty monographs and journals for exchange, including older issues, if available.

Offer of journals for exchange Digital library of faculty publications

Donation of publications

Donation of publications

Donation is possible by prior arrangement. If we already have the publications or they are not suitable for our collections, we can pass them on to other interested parties.

How to donate publications

  • Always write to us first at knihovna@phil.muni.cz. If there are more than ten publications, please send a list.
  • If the value of the gift exceeds CZK 10,000, it is necessary to conclude a deed of gift.