Libri prohibiti

About Us

Location: Senovážné náměstí 2, Prague 1, 3rd floor 
Address: Senovážné náměstí 2, 110 00 Praha 1 
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday from 13 to 17 hours (except holidays)

Telephone: 00420 224 22 59 71


Account in CZK at ČSOB: 219642286/0300
International Payments: IBAN: CZ9403000000000219642286

IČ (Reg. no.): 45247048

Registered society (formerly Civic association)

Registered: L 2150, 1. 1. 2014

Statutory representative: Jiří Gruntorád

On 15 February 2015 the general meeting of the Company Libri prohibiti, which approved the new statutes and elected a new committee composed as follows:

Doc. Ing. Ivan M. Havel PhD., Chairman

Petr Pospíchal, Vice-Chairman

Tatjana Dohnalová (Vice-President)

Jiří Gruntorád, executive

Michal Holeček

Vlastimil Ježek

Miroslav Toušek

Karel Jadrný

Library Services

Funds include: Czech and Slovak samizdat literature from 1960 – 1989 including magazines. Exile Czech and Slovak literature from 1948 – 2008 including magazines. Polish samizdat literature from 1979 – 1989 including magazines. Czechoslovak literature. Wartime exile from 1939 – 1945. Literature Russian and Ukrainian exile from the years 1920 – 1990, including journals – limited in scope. Foreign literature, relating to Czechoslovakia, including magazines. Materials created Czechoslovak and Polish domestic and foreign opposition (flyers, postcards, etc.). Documents VONS, Charter 77 and other independent initiatives.Supports for audio and video recording, produced by domestic and foreign opposition. – All funds are available for study. 
– Selected publications lend against the security deposit. 
– There are analytical bibliography of the most important samizdat journals and secondary literature. 
– We provide consulting and computer searches. 
– Copy an entire publication or parts thereof. 
– Can we call a fax number 224 225 971

UNESCO – Memory of the World

Libri Prohibiti: Collection of periodicals of Czech and Slovak Samizdat in the years 1948-1989

Documentary heritage submitted by Czech Republic and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2013.


It is the largest collection in the world. The completeness and uniqueness of a large number of documents attest to the fight against the communist totalitarian regime and is importance for the study of the history of the twentieth century. It is also important from the standpoint of the history of professional journalism, science and ethics.

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In connection with the relocation of the library and archives Libri prohibiti to new, larger premises in September 2009, we decided to organize small exhibitions and literary evenings. Trade shows are aimed at writers in exile from home then those who before 1990 could not exhibit, or his works have enriched the book, published in samizdat. Some are also thematic exhibitions, an exhibition devoted to Radio Free Europe, or exhibition dedicated to the exile newspaper publishers in Australia František Váňa.

For more information on all the shows, see Exhibitions in Czech language here: