Borrowing Policies

How do I become a library user?
To be allowed to use the library services of all CU libraries, the user must meet the following conditions:
1. The user has a valid Charles University ID card (comes with CAS authentication), which can be obtained from Card Service Center. Please state your permanent address when applying for an external user or alumni user card.
2. The user confirms the electronic application using CAS authentication.

How many items can I borrow and for how long?
Borrowing policies for different user categories are defined in the CU Uniform borrowing matrix.

How do I log into my library account?
With CAS authentication, you can log into your library account from the CU Central Catalog. From your library account, you can:
- see items you have checked out and when they are due (including any fines)
- renew your loans
- see a list of your hold requests
- see your loan history
- choose your default interface language

How do I renew my loans?
You can renew your loans online from your library account at the CU Central Catalog. Alternatively, for items loaned from the Jan Kmenta CERGE-EI Library, ask for renewal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call the circulation desk at +420 224 005 145, or come by in person.

Can I return materials by post or can my friend return them?
Yes, there is no need to return items in person. If you use the post, please send the items by registered mail.

What happens if I lose or damage an item?
You must compensate the library for the lost or damaged item – by replacing the same title or a similar title, or by paying the price of the item. Please always consult a librarian first regarding acceptable compensation.

Can I pay a fine online?
Currently, you can pay only in cash at the circulation desk.