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Czech Republic

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This guide serves as a portal for electronic resources relating to the Czech Republic. It contains links to various scholarly e-resources, including reference sources like online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and bibliographies; databases and indexes; e-book and journal collections; and online archives, image repositories, and maps. Please note that while some resources are freely available, others are subscription services provided by the UCLA Library, so remote access may be necessary when accessing from off-campus.


Ansicht der Stadt Prag, gezeichnet vom Belvedere. Vue de la ville de Prague prise du Belvedere. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Austrian National Library

Country Facts

BBC Country Profiles Czech Republic

"Part of Czechoslovakia until the "velvet divorce" in January 1993, the Czech Republic has a robust democratic tradition, a highly-developed economy, and a rich cultural heritage.

It emerged from over 40 years of Communist rule in 1990, and was the first former Eastern Bloc state to acquire the status of a developed economy. It joined the European Union in 2004.

Communist rule had lasted since 1948, when the restored pre-war democratic system was overthrown in a Soviet-backed coup. The "Prague Spring" of 1968, when Communist leader Alexander Dubcek tried to bring in liberal reforms, was crushed by Warsaw Pact tanks.

In 1989, as the curtain was coming down on communism in the Kremlin, the dissident playwright Vaclav Havel emerged as the figurehead of the country's "velvet revolution" and became the first president of post-communist Czechoslovakia."

Newspapers and Magazines

Television and Radio

Czech Language

Czech Libraries and Publishers

Libraries in Prague

Libraries in Brno

Libraries in Olomouc

Czech Universities