Jan Kmenta CERGE-EI Library

Established in 1992, the Jan Kmenta CERGE-EI Library has grown into a rich resource of modern economics literature, housing an extensive international collection of books, journals and databases. Today it is considered the best library of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe and, as such, is an important center for library services in Economics.

The library has been enhanced thanks to grants from the Austrian government, the Westinghouse Foundation and through support from the University of Pittsburgh. The library has benefited from the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2006-2011, 2012-2015 and 2017-2021. The serial collection has been enhanced over the years through grants from Komerční banka, a.s., and the Czech National Bank.

As of 19 November, 2016, the library bears the name of Jan Kmenta (1928-2016), one of the most influential economists of Czech origin, and the author of the internationally respected book Elements of Econometrics, which has been used by universities worldwide. Prof. Jan Kmenta long served as a visiting professor at CERGE-EI and a member of our Executive and Supervisory Committee. For more information on Jan Kmenta’s life and achievements, please visit our blog. In commemoration of Professor Kmenta and his outstanding contribution to the CERGE-EI community, the Jan Kmenta Library Fund has been established.