Borrow, Return, Renew

NTK/ChemTK’s borrowing services and policies may vary according to your customer group (faculty, staff, undergraduate, member of UCT community, etc.) and your residence status.

Use our Access & Privileges tool to check your privileges. If you still have questions after reading these pages, feel free to contact us.

Borrowing materials

You need to be a registered NTK patron to check out materials from ChemTK. After you register, you will be assigned a client group (AV–GV), which determines what privileges you have, how many items you can borrow, and for how long.

Use the catalog to see what your library privileges are, to renew an item you've checked out, and to discover other information. See the Library Rules for in-depth info, including Fines and Fees for damaged or lost items.

If you need more information, ask us at a service desk, send us an email or call our main info line: 22 22 18 18.

Items typically for in-library use only

  • Handbooks (encyclopedias, data tables, reference works, dictionaries)
  • Basic study literature (marked with red dots)
  • UCT Prague dissertation and habilitation theses
  • Archival prints of textbooks and conference proceedings published by UCT Prague
  • Current journal issues (unbound; in the Periodicals Reading Room)
  • Books published before 1920
  • Bound journals published before 1950

Items which can usually be checked out (home, dormitory use)

  • Selected textbooks
  • Some bound journals

Materials you can borrow


Use the catalog to find books.

If a book is freely accessible, you will see its location on the shelves (e.g., shelf 6C/284:6 means: 6th floor, section C, rack 284). Get it and use the self-check machines to borrow.

If a book is in underground storage or already checked out by other patron, you need to order it via the catalog.

Print journals

New volumes of print journals - usually the last two - can be found in the Periodicals Reading Room (floor 3) and must be used there.
Older issues of journals are bound and placed on the shelves and can be checked out like books. Use the catalog to find them.
Remember: many journal articles and books are available online.

eBooks Readers

We have Kindle Fires and PocketBook Touches, already pre-loaded with several eBooks, available. You must reserve readers using the catalog. Within seven days after receiving an email confirmation, you can pick up readers at the main service desk (floor 2).

After using readers, return them to the same desk before 7 p.m. (weekdays) and before 4 p.m. (Saturdays).

Please be sure to charge your device before returning it; the battery must be at least 60% full or you cannot return it until it's recharged.

Our experts can help you use readers; ask them at service desks. You can also download instructions for the Kindle Fire.    

Assorted materials

We also offer an assortment of other materials, including canasta cards; the board game, Checkers & Mill; travel chess; frisbees; umbrellas; 8GB flash drives; universal travel chargers; headphones; optical mouses; and whiteboard pens. Request them at the main service desk (floor 2).

Basic loan period for these items is fourteen days, renewable once. The late fee is 20CZK per business day.

What you need to borrow materials

You need to be:

1. Registered with the National Library of Technology (NTK)

2. Have a permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic. Check your privileges: Access & Privileges Tool

Please note that items with a red dot on their spines (or with an LCC code ending in the letter "z") must remain in the library and cannot be checked out.

If you don't have a permanent residence in the Czech Republic, you may have to pay a deposit to borrow some materials. Questions? As at a service desk.

How to borrow or reserve

Checking out materials

While privileges may vary, most customers can check out fifteen items for twenty-eight days each, with two renewals per item.

You can check out materials using the self-check machines or ask for help at a service desk.

Reserves/retrieving items from underground storage

To reserve an item or to retrieve it from underground storage, you need to:

  1. Login to the catalog
  2. Follow the instructions

If you order something from the closed stacks, it will be ready within an hour and you can pick it up within seven days at the main desk (2nd floor).

If you cannot find something you want to borrow, please go to a service desk and our experts will help you find it. If they can't find it, it may be available via interlibrary loan or document delivery.

Returning materials

You are responsible for items you’ve checked out until they are returned.

Be sure to keep your email address up to date, don’t let someone else use your library card, be careful with the materials you’ve borrowed, and remember to return things you’ve checked out when you’ll be out of town for longer periods of time.

How to return materials

When the library’s open, you can return books using the two self-service return machines on the ground floor (one is opposite the gallery; the other one is near the cash/registration desk).

When the library’s not open, you can use the return box located at the NTK3 entrance. If you return something there, it will be noted in your user account the next business day.

Late fees

Late return charges are typically 2 CZK for each business day.

You can pay late fees at the cash desk on the ground floor. If you don’t pay late fees, your borrowing privileges will be suspended.

Damaged or lost items

Be sure to report damage or loss at a service desk. Replacement fees vary according to the damage and/or the item. You will work with library staff to identify options for replacement as well as the damage/loss fee.

Lost items are the property of the Czech Republic, so please return an item if you eventually find it at a service desk, even if you already paid a damage/loss fee.

Renewing materials

Items can be renewed twice via your user account or by phone, email, self-check, or in person at a service desk.

Or call us: +420 232 002 535

Last modified: 5.1. 2015 16:01