The library of the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (founded in 1953), is a specialised library concentrating on the history, theory, and methodology of visual art and related fields (architecture, aesthetics, history, auxiliary historical disciplines, etc.). Its collections include the library of the N.P. Kondakov Archaeological Institute, and part of the library of Zdeněk Wirth and Josef Cibulka. The library currently has over 79 000 volumes (books and exhibition catalogues) and subscribes to 220 periodicals, 91 of them from other countries. The library also includes the bibliography workplace.

Foreign literature is well represented in the library's collection, and is acquired by purchase, exchanges with 116 specialist institutions, and donations. A particularly important partner and donator is the International Foundation for Art Research (New York), from which the library acquired 76 volumes of the worldwide inventory of print collections The Illustrated Bartsch. Thanks to the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation further volumes are received as they are published, now through the Institute for Art Research and Documentation based in Norwalk (in 2009 we already had 105 volumes).

In 1991-1994 the library purchased a considerable quantity of foreign publications thanks to generous support provided under the Getty Grant Program.



A Institute of Art History ASCR, Husova 4, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
E knihovna
T +420 221 183 523, +420 221 183 524, +420 221 183 525



PhDr. Sabina Adamczyková (Head librarian), 
T +420 221 183 523 (549), 
E Sabina Adamczyková
Markéta Staňková, 
T +420 221 183 524, 
E Markéta Staňková
PhDr. Věra Slámová, T +420 221 183 525, E Věra Slámová
Renáta Medunová, T +420 221 183 523


Opening hours

Mon. 10.00 – 17.00
Tue. 10.00 – 17.00
Wed. closed
Thu. 10.00 – 17.00
Fri. 10.00 – 16.00

Jul. Aug.
Mon. 12.00 – 17.00
Thu. 12.00 – 17.00

Library closed from 23 December 2019 till 1 January 2020.


Library catalogues


Catalogues and databases

Prepaid online databases

Bibliographic and full-text databases

EBSCO – Art Source

Bibliographic and citation databases

Web of Science
Ulrichs Periodicals Directory

Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Oxford Reference Online

Conditions for using prepaid sources

For access to the prepaid databases it is necessary to be connected to the computer network of the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. In some cases remote access is permitted.  In compliance with the licensing contract the data gained from the prepaid electronic sources may only be used for educational, study, or research purposes and for the personal needs of the user.  The data may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, or made accessible to third parties.  The systematic or regular downloading of the entire content of an electronic source or a substantial part of it, in particular copying complete issues of electronic periodicals, is not permitted.

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