Borrow, Renew, Return

First step for using library services is valid registration.

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How to:

Open stacks loans

Off-site loans

 Documents with off-site loan status may be taken outside the library building.

  • Standard – no special label, standard loan period 1 month
  • Semester – book spine labeled with green spot, loan period 3 months
  • Week – no special label, loan period 1 week, cannot be renewed
  • Long term – primarily for teachers, staff and doctoral students; request via "Ask for a Loan" button in the catalogue

Each overdue book is fined 5 CZK per day, including weekends.

In-house loans

Books labeled with red spot on book spine and it is possible to use them within library building only.

Include theses, CD/DVD and periodicals.

In-house documents may be borrowed off-site 30 minutes before closing time, but must be returned by 11.30 next working day. Exceeded deadline is fined CZK 10 per hour for each document.

In case you can’t find what you need in the library, give a try to E-Loan.
More details at
Rules and operation .


If your desired book is currently unavailable, you may recall it. Its current user will thus be no longer able to renew it.

How to place a hold?

  1. Log in to your reader’s account at
  2. Find your desired book
  3. Click on “Place a Hold“ in the Status section of the record
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Once returned, your reservation is ready for you at the circulation desk. You may collect it within 7 days.

If you are no longer interested, you may cancel your request in your account in the catalogue in Holds and Recalls.

Loans from closed stacks

Requesting a document from the closed stacks

Old books, periodicals, maps and theses are located in the closed stacks.

Requests are processed on weekdays from 9.00 till 15.00 (Friday until noon). Requests coming in after this time will be ready the following working day.

Documents are requested via catalogue Requested documents are ready for collection at the circulation desk on the ground floor within 90 minutes after submitting the request.

How to request a document?

  1. Log in to your reader’s account at
  2. Search for the document you need
  3. Click on “Place a Hold” in the Status section of the record
  4. Fill in a form and submit your request
Loan renewal

Loan renewel

If you need to keep your loan longer than appointed, you may renew it in the catalogue. Renewal is possible only if the document is not requested by other user.

Standard loans may be renewed up to twice (that is for two more months).
Semester loans may be renewed once (that is for one more month).
Other documents cannot be renewed through the online catalogue.

How to renew a document?

  1. Log in to your reader’s account in the catalogue
  2. See the “Checked Out Items“ section
  3. Tick the items you wish to renew and click on “Renew Selected Items“ or “Renew All Items“
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What if renewal doesn’t work?

If renewal goes unsuccessful, you may renew your items:

  • by e-mail:
  • by phone: +420 549 492 478
  • in person at the circulation desk on the ground floor
Return and fees

Loans return


Three options to return a book:

  1. At the circulation desk on the ground floor or in the Earth Sciences study room
  2. Through the self-service check-out machine past the security gates, on the right. Leave the returned books on the desk next to the self-check
  3. Through bibliobox by the entrance, outside the opening times

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Fees are paid at the circulation desk on the ground floor. Payment options:

  • cash
  • credit card
  • SUPO account
  • invoice

Don’t hesitate to pay for overdue books.

Fee for overdue off-site books is CZK 5/day. Fees are charged for each overdue book.

Fee for overdue in-house books is CZK 10/hour.

Interlibrary Loan Service (ILS)

Interlibrary Loan Service (ILS)

Interlibrary loan service

  • Service for registered library users
  • Access to documents from libraries outside Brno
  • Book loans, copy of chapters from books, articles from journals or proceedings
  • Possibility of electronic copy based on contract with VPK
  • Loans usually for free, price for copy approx. CZK 2 per page, eventual additional fees (postage) paid by the user
  • Payment in cash at the Central Library (Faculty of Science employees may use rebilling)
  • Documents unavailable in the Czech Republic are possible to order from abroad (we will contact you before order) - prices according to MZK (International Interlibrary Services)
  • Interlibrary Loan Services requests are free for libraries
  • Order via electronic form below
  • For more information please contact 

ILS for registered users ILS for libraries

Other items to borrow

Other items to borrow

At the circulation desk on the ground floor we lend:

  • Keys to individual study boxes
  • Markers and sponges for the blackboard
  • Board games
  • Cutlery
  • Chargers (USB-C, micro USB, iPhone)
  • Headset​
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • HDMI, USB cable
  • Extension cord
  • Projector (HDMI cable and controls)
  • Drawing utensils for blackboard
  • Magnets
  • Scientific calculators
  • USB flash disk 32 GB
  • Universal laptop charging adapter

Lending rules

Present your ISIC to borrow items, retrieve it on return. Listed items are for in-house use only. All items must be returned by closing time.

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