The Largest czech music library

For students, staff and general public

The HAMU Library provides services and book lending mainly to HAMU students and teachers. The library and its collections are also accessible to the public, but reserved for the in-house study only.

Library of HAMU

Malostranské náměstí 258/13, 118 00 Praha 1
ground floor of Liechtenstein palace


Head of library: (+420) 234 244 192
Lending office: (+420) 234 244 114
Librarian's cabinet: (+420) 234 244 113
Jiří Kylián's Foundation and Library: (+420) 234 244 193

Office hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10-17
Friday: 10-13
Weekends: Closed




Card catalogue (Czech only)

The card catalogue contains books and LP records published prior to 1993, and music (music scores, sheets of music, etc.) prior to 1994.

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The services provided by the library are free of charge.

In certain cases, the library may require payment of a deposit (e.g. if the individual is not a library user).

Loan services

  • off-site loan of documents
  • on-site loan of documents

Loan periods:

  • books and music – 30 days (in certain cases 7, 14 days)
  • CD – 14 days (extension not possible)
  • LP – 14 days (extension not possible)
  • DVD – 7 days (extension not possible)
  • magazines, journals – on-site loan only
  • theses, dissertations, etc. – on-site loan only
  • Rare and valuable documents – on-site loan only

Documents may be loaned outside the library only following the presentation of a valid AMU (ISIC, ITIC) card.

All documents may be studied on-site in the library's reading rooms.

Access to internal/external databases

Licensed electronic sources are available in the AMU premises and via remote access.

Reference services

Provision of information about the library's funds, the Kylian Dance Centre and Library, available study information sources on selected thematic areas.

Specialised services

Advice on the respective subject, subject information, help with searching for information in electronic catalogues and databases, preparation of research, assistance with creating bibliographies or annotations, etc.

Internet access

Computers with an internet connection are available in the HAMU library premises. Users may bring their own notebooks with them and connect to the wireless network.

AMU students may log into the AMU PC network using their password. Three computers that do not require login are set aside for the public.


The fund of music comprises over 75,000 printed pieces of music for particular musical ensembles, for example, from the Romantic period, the Classical period, and contemporary music.

Here you can find opera piano reductions, scores, chamber works from Czech and foreign composers, urtext editions of key world-repertoire works, etc.


The fund of books contains more than 19,500 Czech and foreign titles dealing with the following issues:

  • the world history of art and the history of Czech art
  • publications and summaries about individual art disciplines
  • professional musical literature (music science, aesthetics of art and aesthetics of music, semiotics, ethnomusicology, music psychology and sociology, music management and others)
  • professional publications about musical instruments
  • publications about art theatre and art film and the history thereof
  • encyclopaedias on opera, popular music and jazz
  • the history of music
  • musical genre guides, guides for particular compositions
  • biographies of composers and performers (singers, composers)
  • thematic catalogues of compositions
  • profile publications about orchestras and theatres
  • opera librettos
  • general and music encyclopaedias (MGG, The New Grove Dictionary, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music and others)

Theses, dissertations, etc.

More than 4,200 theses and dissertations defended at HAMU are to be found in the library's fund – bachelor's theses, theses and dissertations. The fund also includes several that were defended at JAMU.


The library currently subscribes to the following Czech and foreign journals (current status as at January 2019):

Czech journals

  • Czech Music Quarterly
  • HIS voice
  • Harmonie
  • Hudební rozhledy
  • Hudební věda
  • Martinů Revue
  • Národní divadlo
  • Opus Musicum
  • Přehled kulturních pořadů
  • Týdeník Rozhlas
  • Varhaník

Foreign journals

  • Gramophone
  • Diapason
  • Early Music
  • Hudobný život
  • Electronic Musicians
  • Fontes artis musicae
  • Neue Zeitschrift für Musik
  • Opera
  • Opernwelt
  • Organ: Journal für die Orgel
  • Das Orchester


19 500 LP records and 6 100 CD's are available to all library users. Audiofund is doing its best to correspond accordingly with the fund of printed music pieces.


Contains approx. 970 DVD recordings of operas, concertos, live performances, concerts, backstage conducting footage, etc.

Acquisition philosophy

Prepared by PhDr. Miloš Pokora, library specialist

Acquisition concept

The HAMU library is upgrading its fund (over 125,000 library units) on the basis of conceptual plans concerning both new releases coming out, and older documents hitherto missing; in terms of music it favours urtext editions. At the same time, it does its best to satisfy the requirements of individual students and teachers and the acquisition intentions of the individual university departments, which in this regard calls for the closest possible collaboration.

Every year it monitors three main objectives:

The first objective is, by means of systematic monitoring of new publications in all study fields, to endeavour to update the library fund so that it includes the most significant documents: in other words, not to allow this fund to lag behind the times in any field. To this end the library

a/ regularly maps contemporary music on the Czech and global scale, mainly by monitoring responses to works performed at contemporary music festivals or responses to composition premières held as part of the regular concert operation.

b) adds to the fund any musical notation and recordings of works by universally recognised contemporary composers that were previously not available.

c) regularly monitors the dramaturgic plans of important organising entities and, based on its findings, expands the library fund by adding musical notation and recordings of selected works that are frequented at concerts or that have been re-discovered and that were previously not available at the library.

d) purposefully monitors new releases of musical-science publications and regularly updates the book fund.

The second objective comprises annual supplementation of the fund so that it includes urtext editions in order to have all the key works of the musical repertoire available in these editions as soon as possible.

The third objective is to endeavour to approach an ideal state that would guarantee that every piece of music (especially with respect to less-known repertoires) would correspond to a sound recording.
Note: Enhancement of the audio-visual fund has so far been impeded by the existing statute of DVD media being exclusively on-site units, which limits their use.

Some observations concerning the technical aspect of the acquisition policy

The HAMU library prepares its acquisition plans regularly for each upcoming academic year. During the academic year it is then flexible in making allowances for any requests from university departments and students that may arise. The acquisition plan is fine-tuned according to these new needs and their degree of urgency and taking into account any new donations received.

Of the total budget for operation of the HAMU library, the portion spent on acquisition in recent years shows a rising trend.

The library receives donations to its fund of documents from teachers and students of the school, from individual donors from the general public and from institutions. Purchases are realised both from the library budget and from extra-budgetary sources (e.g. teachers' grants, etc.)

With respect to documents that prove to be in demand but that can only be obtained in antiquarian bookshops or that are available for a disproportionately high price, the library tries to acquire these through other means, in particular through grants.

In the interests of more thorough investigation of user interest about particular documents, we collaborate with representatives of the student community in an attempt to get feedback from users.

The library provides regular information in its annual reports about the distribution of the library fund and representation of individual types of document.


In Prague on 26.9.2018

Important documents