JIŘINA ŠIKLOVÁ LIBRARY | Gender Studies library and information center



Monday  9:00-15:00
Tuesday  9:00-15:00
Wednesday 12:00-18:00

To use the library outside opening hours, contact the staff to make arrangements.

Sudden changes to the opening hours will be announced on our website and / or Facebook page.


Knihovna pomáhá | Бібліотека допомагає | Библиотека помогает


Contact Details:
Telephone: +420 777 910 941 or +420 224 915 666
Email: knihovna@genderstudies.cz, library@genderstudies.cz
Address: Masarykovo nabrezi 8, Praha 2

Library Collections
Library services are available to professionals and to the general public alike. Our specialized collections offer books on equal opportunities for women and men in the job market, in the family and in the society, and literature on feminism, gender studies, the history of the women's movement, women's and men's studies, violence against women, and on social sciences in general. The collections also include poetry and fiction books, periodicals and gray literature (studies, reports, analyses, conference proceedings or annual reports) in Czech, English and German languages. Finally, it offers the latest expert publications in the field for loan. Boasting almost 10,000 volumes, the Gender Studies Library in Prague is currently the largest establishment of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.

Library Services

·         loan services
·         reference services
·         bibliographic search
·         photocopying
·         inter-library loan
·         internet access, incl. wireless

For service fees, please see the current price list.

Loan Services
Library materials can be borrowed by registered members only. Annual membership costs 100 CZK and lasts one year. If a member's permanent residence is outside the Czech Republic or the European Union, we require a refundable deposit of 2,000 CZK. This deposit is refunded upon returning all the borrowed items which must be returned before the user's membership expires.
The loan period is one month and can be renewed before their due date unless another user has placed a hold on the item on loan. Loans can be renewed in person, by telephone: 224 913 350, or by email: knihovna@genderstudies.cz. Loans are free of charge. Late fees are 3 CZK per book per day.

Library Catalogue
The Gender Studies Library Catalogue can be searched by several categories (all documents – default setting, books = KN, periodicals = PE, and grey literature = SL).
Users can search for:

·         specific documents (by the author's last name or by title)
·         topics (using key words) - a list of key words is available under the link Téma (PH+kl.slova)

The library was founded in 1992 in the apartment of the Czech sociologist Jiřina Šiklová, who had created a private collection of feminist literature. It largely consisted of foreign donations such as a donation from a book drive Books for Prague held by the University of California, Santa Cruz or from the originally US-based Network of East-West Women. Later, lesbian organizations Promluv, Lambda and A-klub entrusted their collections to Gender Studies. Ongoing acquisitions of historically unique publications were laying the foundation for a future archive, and the library was gradually able to raise funds from foreign foundations to expand the collections. Since 2005, the GS library has been specializing in equal opportunity literature, specifically on equal opportunities for women and men in the job market. Its collections continue to grow thanks to the support of the EU and individual donations.

Recommend a Book
Do you know of an interesting title that is missing in our collection? Are you writing a paper about gender and looking for literature?
To recommend interesting books to us, please write to library@genderstudies.cz.

Support Us
The Gender Studies Library is supported by grants, donations, gifts and by selling services to different user groups. However, these funds do not fully cover its operations.

How can you Support the GS Library?

·         volunteer help
Volunteer in the Gender Studies Library. You don’t need any specialized training or experience. We need help with organizing events, running the bookshop and other jobs.
·         financial or in-kind donations
Donate books or other information materials in our area of specialization.
Donate materials to the Eliška Krásnohorská Archives.
You can also support other activities of the Gender Studies NGO:
·         GS Library
·         GS legal counseling for persons experiencing discrimination on the basis of their sex and age and equal opportunities counseling
·         GS Information Center operations
·         specific seminars, lectures or public events
·         electronic newsletter Equal Opportunities for Companies
·         other GS projects

Bank Information: ČSOB, Na Moráni 360/3, Prague 2
Bank account numbers: 300033103/0300 (CZK) or 230070370/0300 (EUR)

Contact Details: office@genderstudies.cz , +420 224 915 666.
Thank you for your support!

Edited: 18.3.24 16:09