Title ÄŒeská národní bibliografie (The National Bibliography of the Czech Republic)
Web site address

https://aleph.nkp.cz/F/?func=file&file_name=find-a&local_base=cnb (Czech)

https://aleph.nkp.cz/F/?func=file&file_name=find-b&CON_LNG=ENG&local_base=cnb (English)

Start date Began 1995 (database)
Period covered 1801 to date
Current size Over 1 125 000 records
Media covered

Printed resources (monographic, continuing, maps, printed music, graphics), micro documents, audio, electronic resources.

General selection criteria

Works in various media published in the Czech Republic.

Selection criteria for digital resources

Electronic resources on physical media (legal deposit); electronic resources harvested for web archive

Exclusions policies applied

Publications that only serve private or commercial purposes. University publications.


Primary organisation responsible for national bibliographic control

The National Library of the Czech Republic

Web site address of national bibliographic agency https://www.nkp.cz (Czech); 

http://www.en.nkp.cz/ (English)

Co-operative structures or  relationships supporting the production of the national bibliography

The National Library of the Czech Republic in partnership with libraries with full legal deposit – Moravian Library, Research Library in Olomouc (both 2007-); and Municipal Library in Prague (non-fiction, April 2019-).

Records from libraries with regional legal deposit are included if legal deposit lacks in libraries with full legal deposit

Single integrated or multiple categorised bibliographies

The National Bibliography of the Czech Republic is a single integrated system, but it is possible to search according to document type: Books, Serials, Maps, Printed Music, Sound recordings, Electronic resources, Micro documents, Graphic, Video materials.

Sources of bibliographic metadata used to produce national bibliography

Multiple sources of data edited by the National Library of the Czech Republic

Relationship to national legal deposit legislation or voluntary deposit arrangements

All the materials acquired under legal deposit to the National Library of the Czech Republic are subject to the National Bibliography of the Czech Republic.

Separate arrangements for web harvested resources.

Relationship to national Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) programme Pre-publication records are published separately.

Form of publication used for the national bibliography

Available via the CNB database, integrated in the web catalogue of NBA.

News: Czech National Bibliography, a list of new records published as static HTML pages monthly

Access options to national bibliographic metadata:  

Online access options

Web catalogue, Z39.50, FTP, OAI-PMH harvesting

Formats & media available for delivery of record sets from the national bibliography

MARC 21, MARCXML; online download

(UNIMARC exports on limited level, conversion tables and software updated until 2018)

Metadata enhancements offered via online services

Book jackets/covers, table of contents (2006-) , abstracts/summaries (non-fiction, 2019-)

Web 2.0 services offered

Web 2.0 services are offered by services that co-operate with the CNB (e.g. the national portal Knihovny.cz)

Frequency of service updates

Continuously updated.

Target audiences for services

Academic/public libraries, union catalogues and portals, members of the public, publishers, search engines

Uses made of  services offered

Advance notification of publications for acquisition in libraries, derived cataloguing, retrospective conversion, understanding national publishing output

Pricing policy for national bibliographic services

Free of charge, data can be used for non-commercial use only, mandatory information about source of data

Under what conditions may the metadata be re-used for other products?

All the bibliographic and authority records are available for non-commercial re-use

Metadata formats MARC 21 (limited UNIMARC exports)
Cataloguing rules or code

RDA since 2015

Levels of description offered

Full level; ISBD

Subject standards: Classification UDC, Konspekt (based on Conspectus)
Subject Standards: Subject headings or thesaurus Czech National Authorities – Subject (CZENAS)
Name authority standards or Name authority file RDA; Czech National Authorities – Name
Is NBA affiliated to IFLA SC? Yes

Date information submitted


Information supplied by

Edita Lichtenbergova, Head of the National Bibliography and Cataloguing