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Entry in the register of libraries
The library register is managed by the National and University Library on the basis of a public authorisation. All public libraries are registered. The library register is a public record in electronic form.
Every library performing a library public service (namely general, university, special libraries and the national library) must be registered.
The national library issues a decision on registration based on the fulfilment of the conditions and completed registration form and valid articles of association. After registration the library receives a certificate of entry.
Decision on the fulfilment of the conditions for carrying out library services
The fulfilment of the conditions for the provision of the library public service is determined by the national library except for public libraries, for which the fulfilment of the conditions is determined by the Ministry of Culture.
A library performing a public library service must meet the conditions on a permanent basis. If the library no longer meets the conditions upon verification, a decision is issued, which also sets a deadline of three years for fulfilling the conditions.
A library that does not meet the conditions for the provision of the library public service after the deadline for completion shall be deleted from the library register. The national library issues a decision on deletion from the register and sends it to the library.
Deletion from the register
The national library also deletes the library from the register based on a decision on termination. If the founder fails to notify the national library of the termination, the national library shall delete the library from the register ex officio.
The library is obliged to send the national library data related to status changes (establishment, merger, exclusion, termination of the library) within 15 days after the change takes effect. The library must send any changes to other data by the end of February of the year following the year in which the change takes effect.
If the national library requests the data to be updated outside the deadlines referred to in the previous paragraph, the library must send the new data within 15 days of receiving the request.
These terms apply to activity Librarianship
A library must provide a suitable scope and selection of professionally organised library material according to the needs of culture, education, research and information.
Library material includes printed, audio, video, electronic or otherwise produced records, which are published, as well as manuscripts and other unpublished material (typescripts, electronic records, etc.).
Libraries provide a suitable selection of library material in their collection pursuant to its mission determined in the articles of association. A library collection must be up-to-date, accessible and organised. The scope of the library collection depends on the tasks of the library and its potential users.
The content of the library collection can be seen from the catalogue of library materials which is mandatory for every library. Libraries provide access to library materials in accordance with the conditions of use defined in the Rules on conditions for providing library services as a public service.
Libraries performing a public library service must have adequate premises and equipment. The size of the premises should be proportional to the number of tasks performed by the library and the number or needs of potential users it serves.
The space where the library operates must enable safe and clear arrangement and access to library materials and technical equipment for users, access and use of library services for all users and appropriate working conditions for librarians and sufficient storage for materials.
Libraries must have the appropriate technical and other equipment necessary for their operation, they must have the technical equipment for the acquisition, processing, presentation, use and reproduction of the library material, and for carrying out information services.
More detailed conditions regarding the premises and equipment for different types of libraries are defined in the Rules on conditions for providing library services as a public service.
When building new libraries and adapting existing ones, the space and equipment are designed in accordance with the applicable professional standards and recommendations.
A library must ensure the suitable organisation of library services, which depends on the basic mission of the library and its size or scope of operation.
The purpose and organisation of the library are determined in the articles of association of a library, or in the respective internal act of the public institute within the scope of which a dependent library operates. The same types of libraries may be networked in accordance with the tasks set by law.
A general library as an independent public institute organises the access to the library services for all the citizens in its area. It may be a uniform organisation or divided into internal organisational units according to the scope of its services.
A school library operates in elementary schools and branch elementary schools and kindergartens, in secondary schools and separate units of secondary schools, in higher education professional institutions, educational institutions for children and youth with special needs, residential homes for pupils and secondary school students and music schools.
Higher education libraries operate within members of universities and independent higher education institutions. They can be independent public institutions or units of higher education institutions.
Special libraries operate within the scope of main organisations. In special cases, they may be independent legal entities.
The librarian performs professional library work in general, higher education, special, school and national libraries. He or she must have the appropriate education and pass the librarian examination.
The assistant librarian performs professional library work in general, higher education, special, school and national libraries. He or she must have the appropriate education and pass the librarian examination.
The senior library assistant performs professional library work in general, higher education, special, school and national libraries. He or she must have the appropriate education and pass the librarian examination.
The library assistant performs professional library work in general, higher education, special, school and national libraries. He or she must have the appropriate education and pass the librarian examination.