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Three candidates shortlisted for the 2023 Václav Havel Prize  05/09/23

The selection panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which rewards outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights in Europe and beyond, has today announced the shortlist for the 2023 Award. Meeting in Prague today, the panel – made up of independent figures from the world of human rights and chaired by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Tiny Kox – decided to shortlist the following three nominees, in alphabetical order: More


Three candidates shortlisted for the 2022 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize  06/09/22

The discussion among the seven-member jury helmed by the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe centred on the importance of the issue of human rights during this tense period. The finalists include Vladimir Kara-Murza, a political prisoner and leading Russian democracy campaigner; Ukraine’s 5 AM Coalition, which gathers evidence of human rights abuses stemming from Russia’s invasion of the country; and Hungary’s Rainbow Coalition defending LGBTQIA+ rights. “This year’s selection reflects the central role that human rights play in the current European crisis,” says Michael Žantovský, jury member and executive director of the Václav Havel Library, which bestows the prize in cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Nadace Charty 77.


The Other Europe  27/04/22

Dear Friends, After three years we have completed the international project The Other Europe, during which, in cooperation with partner institutions, we have processed and made public recordings of interviews shot in 1987 and 1988 behind the Iron Curtain, and in exile, with important representatives of the opposition and the arts, as well as random citizens. Over those three years we have prepared video, audio and text of 106 interviews in speakers’ native languages and English translation. Despite public health restrictions in the Covid period, we have jointly prepared 16 international conferences and public presentations in six Central and Eastern European states. More


From Schuman to Havel – what next?  16/02/22

The Václav Havel Library is a proud partner of the project Beyond Robert Schuman’s Europe More

Program for December 2023<

Cleveringa Lecture 2023

Cleveringa Lecture 2023

  • Where: The Dutch Embassy, Slavíčkova 10, Prague 6
  • When: December 1, 2023, 17:00 – 18:30

For the third time, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Czech Republic, in collaboration with the Václav Havel Library, is hosting a gala evening under the patronage of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Daan Huisinga. The event pays tribute to human and civil rights activists Rudolf Cleveringa, a professor at Leiden University imprisoned by the Germans, and Václav Havel, who bravely opposed the falsehoods of communism. This year's Cleveringa Lecture will feature Yoeri Albrecht, Director of De Balie, a renowned debate and cultural center in Amsterdam. Albrecht, an internationally respected journalist, opinion influencer, and media consultant, will lead an engaging discussion on contemporary European issues, drawing from his extensive experience in shaping public discourse.

Seating is limited. Register here by November 22nd.
The event will be held in English.
The Vaclav Havel Library at Bookfest Pilsen

The Vaclav Havel Library at Bookfest Pilsen

  • Where: DEPO2015, Presslova 14, Plzeň
  • When: December 2, 2023, 10:00 – December 3, 2023, 18:00

The first of the two Advent festivals of small publishers will take place at the DEPO2015 venue in Pilsen. There you will also encounter a Václav Havel Library stand with proven VHL titles, reprints of already sold-out publications and several new books.

Deník N: Book of the Year Poll Results 2023

Deník N: Book of the Year Poll Results 2023

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 4, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

How has the Czech literary market changed? What are its strong, and weak, points? And what are its successes and failures? We will discuss the results of Deník N's Books of the Year poll with representatives of the Czech book industry.

Conference: Public Collective Citizens’ Protests, 1948–1989

Conference: Public Collective Citizens’ Protests, 1948–1989

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 4, 2023, 09:00 – 15:30

Throughout the dictatorship of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia in 1948–1989, various population groups came up with diverse forms of protest through which they expressed their attitudes toward a number of negative aspects of the societal reality of the time – from the dismal social situation, to the lack of religious and civil freedoms, to political demands. The conference will focus on the particular forms of collective public protest cultivated in different professional and socio-cultural settings. It will outline their typology and explore the changing social function of protest. The individual papers will present the evolution of the strategies of those involved, for example, in demonstrations, strikes, small farmers’ revolts, religious pilgrimages or petition drives.

The conference is organised by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes

Twenty-Five Look Back: A Questionnaire for Czech Folk Names

Twenty-Five Look Back: A Questionnaire for Czech Folk Names

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 5, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

Many of them are in fact pioneers, the founders of the genre – the first Czech (Czechoslovak) folk generation. They started performing prior to normalisation, against which they then defined themselves as one man – or woman. Their songs contributed to the change of the regime, or at least to the fact that it was possible to somehow endure it. Even today they are not living off faded glory; many continue to create and perform, and their new material is not overshadowed by their earlier hits. They still have something to say. Publicist Aleš Palán therefore asked 25 of them questions that they do not usually face, creating a kind of folk questionnaire. Musical guest Vladimír Merta; others who can make it will provide a surprise.

Debate with Respekt

Debate with Respekt

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 6, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

A discussion with editors from the weekly Respekt and their guests. For details and the names of guests, visit prior to the event.  

Ceremonial Announcement of Essay Prize Winners

Ceremonial Announcement of Essay Prize Winners

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 7, 2023, 16:00 – 18:00

Announcement of the results of the 16th Václav Havel Library annual Student Essay Competition, attended by students and the jury.
The theme this year was: The second year in the shadow of war. How are we being affected by a war we know only from the media but are still part of?

Essays such as the The Power of the Powerless and A Word About Words, have become classic texts of Czech literature; they have been translated into tens of languages, and are among the few truly world-famous works of Czech culture. This is also why it is necessary to keep cultivating the essay genre in the Czech language not in the sense of imitating Václav Havel’s writing, but in the spirit of his courage to name unpleasant problems and search for unconventional solutions to them.

This year’s jury included the following figures from Czech public life: writer and journalist Adéla Knapová, writer and teacher Vratislav Maňák, writer and journalist Jiří Peňás, writer, lyricist, historian and columnist Petr Placák and Ukraine expert Lenka Víchová.

Speak the Truth, Live the Truth: Presentation of a Book of Interviews

Speak the Truth, Live the Truth: Presentation of a Book of Interviews

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 7, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

Columnist and journalist Radek Gális will present his book Pravdu říkat, pravdu žít (Speak the Truth, Live the Truth), a collection of interviews with 10 figures (Marie Akvinela Ludmila Loskotová, Juraj Jakubisko, František Janouch, Josef Mašín, Ivan Medek, Josefina Napravilová, František Peřina, Jiří Stránský, Karel Šiktanc, Tomáš Špidlík) whose lives illustrate the twists and turns of Czechoslovak 20th century history. A talk with the author, looking back at meetings with Czechoslovak dissidents and exiles, and subsequent Q&A will be helmed by Czech Radio Plus presenter Martina Mašková.

Petr Janyška: The Two Polands

Petr Janyška: The Two Polands

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 8, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

Polsko vejpůl (The Two Polands) is a book about contemporary Poland and its society and politics. It delivers the testimonies of major figures in Polish society on the situation that the country got into during the eight years of Jarosław Kaczyński’s rule, exploring the chasm it created between Poles. It paints a tangled web that the new government will need to untangle in order to bring Poland back into the European mainstream. And also the danger that, if it does not succeed, we may have a very unpleasant neighbour in a few years. Former president Lech Wałęsa, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, politician and journalist Adam Michnik and a number of other Polish personalities from the left to conservatism share their views. The foreword was written by Petr Pithart. Political scientist Jiří Pehe and the book’s author, journalist and diplomat Petr Janyška, will debate the issues, while Ondřej Kundra from the weekly Respekt will moderate.

The Free Academy: Karol Sidon – The Torah as Teaching and Law

The Free Academy: Karol Sidon – The Torah as Teaching and Law

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 11, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

This lecture will highlight some aspects of the Torah as doctrine, teaching and instruction

Karol Sidon is the Chief Provincial and former Chief Rabbi of Prague, a playwright, writer, screenwriter, religious thinker, one-time Charter 77 signatory and dissident of Jewish origin. He has written a number of short stories and novels under the pseudonym Chaim Cigan.

The Garden Party Belongs to All!

The Garden Party Belongs to All!

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 14, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

A programme to commemorate the anniversary of the world premiere of Václav Havel’s The Garden Party, which rocked the Czechoslovak cultural scene 60 years ago. Of a successful, courageous, funny and topical play. A play via which the Theatre of the Absurd burst into Czechoslovak theatre. 

Stage reading: Václav Havel’s Motomorphosis

A new disease is spreading! Motomorphosis, which is slowly but surely turning people into cars.

In this text from 1961 by an author then barely 25 years old, we already recognise the hallmarks of his poetics. The editor of the play, Lenka Jungmannová, will talk about the circumstances of the first sketches and plays by the budding dramatist and about the collaboration and the minor writerly rivalry between Ivan Vyskočil and Václav Havel.

The stage reading has been prepared by the ArtWay theatre company and directed by Kateřina Březinová.

Short film: The Garden Party

Aren’t some of the phenomena the author criticises and pokes fun at eternal?

The film is a distinctive interpretation of Havel’s play and a joint project of students from DAMU, FAMU and the VH Library. Directed by Kateřina Popiolková and Petr Vlček.

The Sun Always Shines Above the Clouds: Presentation of Petruška Šustrová’s Memoir

The Sun Always Shines Above the Clouds: Presentation of Petruška Šustrová’s Memoir

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 15, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

An evening at which the book of Petruška Šustrová’s memoir Nahoře nad mraky září slunce vždycky (The Sun Always Shines Above the Clouds) will be presented and launched simply has to take place at the Václav Havel Library; Petruška was a frequent guest and debater there, inseparably linked to the venue.

Jiří Fiedor from the Pulchra publishing house and Petr Placák from the Babylon association will present the book and explain the circumstances of its creation. Friends and comrades will share memories of Petruška, with some attendees set to enliven the gathering with music.

The Václav Havel Library at Knihex

The Václav Havel Library at Knihex

  • Where: UMPRUM technology center, Mikulandská 134/5, Prague
  • When: December 16, 2023, 10:00 – December 17, 2023, 20:00

The traditional Knihex book festival will take place in the almost adjacent UMPRUM building on Mikulandská St., with a Václav Havel Library stand offering books and other essentials throughout the weekend.

Václav Havel: Protest

Václav Havel: Protest

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 18, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

To sign or not to sign? A play about a tough question with an even tougher answer. A one-act play about a persistent dilemma, a fiendish question that characterises the playwright’s oeuvre. Out of uncertainty, out of a feeling of distress, out of fear of what tomorrow will bring, we lose the courage to fight for something. Staňek’s thinking aloud about whether or not to stand up for the arrested singer-songwriter and his future son-in-law is one of the greatest dialogues ever written by Václav Havel.

A Divadla na tahu theatre company production.

Directed by Andrej Krob and featuring Karel Beseda and Radek Bár.

Václav Havel Here and Now: Three Days with the VH Library in Tábor

Václav Havel Here and Now: Three Days with the VH Library in Tábor

  • Where: Tábor, Czech Republic
  • When: December 18, 2023, 17:00 – December 20, 2023, 21:00

A three-day cultural marathon reflecting the living legacy of Václav Havel – touching on his political, philosophical and above all theatrical work – organised by the Library in cooperation with Tábor’s theatre Divadlo Oskara Nedbala.


18.–20. 12. | Po – St | Dům hygieny, Palackého 350 | Exhibition of Photographs by Ondřej Němec: Václav Havel 1976–2011

The photographer himself will take part in the opening on 19 December at 5 p.m. There will be a commented projection of photographs, an introduction to the Václav Havel Library’s archive and publishing activities and a musical performance by Jakub Čermák (Cermaque)

18. 12. | Po | 19.00 | Divadlo Oskara Nedbala, main hall | Václav Havel: The Increased Difficulty of Concentration

A National Theatre Brno production, directed by Milan Glaser.

19. 12. | Út | 20.00 | Pivnice U Zlatého lva, Vodní 3175 | Havel on Mushrooms: A Collage of Footage from the 1920s and 1930s

Screening of a silent film with live music. Unique and previously unseen silent footage from the Havel family’s home archive will be accompanied live by the krautrock band Sýček. A documentary-

comedy film, culminating with the birth of the future playwright, dissident and president Václav Havel, in his first “film role”.

20. 12. | St | 17.00 | Divadlo Oskara Nedbala, DON klub | Jáchym Topol and Daniel Hradecký

A literary evening. The poet and writer Daniel Hradecký will read from his own work, while Jáchym Topol will read excerpts from Václav Havel’s book I Hid It Somewhere. Moderated by Libor Staněk II.

20. 12. | St | 19.00 | Divadlo Oskara Nedbala, small hall | The Václav Havel Phenomenon

Václav Havel, the playwright, philosopher and politician will be discussed by Anna Freimanová, Václav Havel Library editor, philosopher Tereza Matějčková, director Vladimír Morávek and Pavel Rychetský, former politician and president of the Constitutional Court. Moderated by Jáchym Topol.

Throughout the three days, books produced by the Václav Havel Library will be available in the Jednota café and bookstore (Pražská 158) and one hour before the start of the events also in the foyer of the Divadlo Oskara Nedbala theatre.

Havel Channel

Havel Channel je audiovizuální projekt Knihovny Václava Havla, jehož cílem je šířit myšlenkový, literární a politický odkaz Václava Havla, bez ohledu na vzdálenost, zeměpisné hranice či nouzové stavy. Jeho páteř tvoří debaty, vzdělávací projekty a rozhovory. Velký prostor je věnován též konferencím, autorským čtením, záznamům divadelních inscenací a koncertům. Audiovizuální projekt Knihovny Václava Havla Havel Channel se uskutečňuje díky laskavé podpoře Karel Komárek Family Foundation.

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Publications / E-shop

The central focus of the Library’s publishing programme is the life and work of Václav Havel, his family and close collaborators and friends. For clarity, the programme is divided into six series: Václav Havel Library Notebooks, Václav Havel Library Editions, Student Line, Talks from Lány, Václav Havel Documents, Works of Pavel Juráček and Václav Havel Library Conferences. Titles that cannot be incorporated into any of the given series but which are nonetheless important for the Library’s publishing activities are issued independently, outside the series framework.

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Conferences & prizes


Václav Havel European Dialogues

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. This idea takes its main inspiration from Václav Havel’s essay “Power of the Powerless”. More than other similarly focused projects, the Václav Havel European Dialogues aims to offer the “powerless” a platform to express themselves and in so doing to boost their position within Europe.

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is planned as a long-term project and involves cooperation with other organisations in various European cities. Individual meetings, which take the form of a conference, are targeted primarily at secondary and third-level students, as well as specialists and members of the public interested in European issues.


Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.


Havel - Albright Transatlantic Dialogues

Since the first Václav Havel Transatlantic Dialogues at GLOBSEC and FORUM 2000 conferences last year, we have lost another stalwart advocate of the transatlantic bond and of the need to face threats to democracy and international order together on both sides of the Atlantic, the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In view of the close bond between Václav Havel and Madeleine Albright and, after Havel's death, between the Secretary and the Library, the Václav Havel Library, with the approval of Madeleine Albright's family, renamed and rebranded the program as The Havel-Albright Transatlantic Dialogues (HATD), after the two major figures with roots in Central Europe who have personified the bond. Together, Václav Havel and Madeleine Albright symbolize the transatlantic relationship and the fundamental values underpinning it perhaps better than any other two people in recent history. The upcoming Dialogues “The Indispensable Woman: The Legacy of Madeleine K. Albright”, at the FORUM 2000 conference on September 1, and at the “Havel and our Crisis” conference at Colby College, ME, on September 28, will thus become venues for a well-deserved tribute to the pair we all respected and admired.

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Václav Havel

Václav Havel
* 5. 10. 1936 Praha
† 18. 12. 2011 Hrádeček u Trutnova

Václav Havel grew up
in a well-known, wealthy entrepreneurial
and intellectual family.
Václav Havel completed primary schooling. Because
of his "bourgeois" background, options for
higher education were limited.
Václav Havel worked as a chemical laboratory technician
while attending evening classes at a high school
from which he graduated in 1954.
Václav Havel studied at the
Economics Faculty of the Czech
Technical University in Prague.
Václav Havel began working at Prague's Theatre on
the Balustrade, first as a stagehand and later as
an assistant director and literary manager.
Havel´s first play The Garden
Party was staged at Prague's
Theatre on the Balustrade.
Václav Havel
married Olga
VH finished studies at at the
Theatre Faculty of the Academy of
Performing Arts in Prague .
Václav Havel played an active role in
democratization and renewal of culture during the
era of reforms, known as Prague Spring.
Havel's work were banned in Czechoslovakia. He
moved from Prague to the country, continued
his activities against the Communist regime.
Václav Havel worked as a manual laborer
at a local brewery near Hrádeček in
the north of the Czech Republic.
Václav Havel wrote an open
letter to President Gustav Husak,
criticizing the government.
Václav Havel co-founded the Charter 77
human rights initiative and was one
of its first spokesmen.
Václav Havel co-founded The
Committee for the Defense
of the Unjustly Prosecuted.
Václav Havel was imprisoned several times
for his beliefs, his longest prison
term lasting from 1979 to 1983.
Václav Havel emerged as one of the
leaders of the November opposition movement, also
known as the Velvet Revolution.
Václav Havel is elected
President of Czechoslovakia on
December 29.
Václav Havel is elected, after the
dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the first President
of the Czech Republic.
On January
27, Olga
Havlova died.
Václav Havel married Dagmar Veskrnova,
a popular and acclaimed Czech theatrical,
television and movie actress.
Václav Havel enabled the entry of
the Czech Republic into the North
Atlantic Treat Organisation (NATO).
Václav Havel left office after
his second term as Czech
president ended on 2 February 2003.
Foundation of Václav
Havel Library in
The Czech Republic became the 35th
member State of the Council of
Europe on 30 June 1993.
Václav Havel directed
a film adaptation of
his play Leaving.
Václav Havel died at his
summer house Hrádeček in the
north of the Czech Republic.
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Educational projects

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Archive / Documentation centre / Research projects

Dokumentační centrum

The Václav Havel Library is gradually gathering, digitizing, and making accessible written materials, photographs, sound recordings and other materials linked to the person of Václav Havel.

  • 67912 records in total
  • 25028 of events in the VH's life
  • 2831 of VH's texts
  • 2125 of photos 
  • 403of videos
  • 567of audios
  • 6603of letters
  • 15101of texts about VH
  • 8126 of books
  • 38964of bibliography records

Access to the database of the VHL’s archives is free and possible after registering as a user. Accessing archival materials that exist in an unreadable form is only possible at the reading room of the Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, 110 00 Prague 1, every Tuesday (except state holidays) from 9:00 to 17:00, or by prior appointment.

We will be glad to answer your queries at


Havel in a nutshell

The virtual exhibition Václav Havel in a Nutshell places the life story of Václav Havel in the broader cultural and historic context in four chronologically distinct chapters with rich visual accompaniment. The exhibition is supplemented by the interactive map Flying the World with Václav Havel, which captures in physical form Havel’s global “footprint”.


Vladimir Hanzel's revolution

Collage of recollections, images and sound recordings from Vladimír Hanzel, President Václav Havel’s personal secretary, bringing the feverish atmosphere of the Velvet Revolution to life.


Václav Havel Interviews

A database of all accessible interviews given to print media outlets by the dramatist, writer and political activist Václav Havel between the 1960s and 1989. The resulting collection documents the extraordinary life story of an individual, as well as capturing a specific picture of modern Czechoslovak history at a time when being a free-thinker was more likely to lead to jail than an official public post.


Pavel Juráček Archive

The Pavel Juráček Archive arose in February 2014 when his son Marek Juráček handed over six banana boxes and a typewriter case from his father’s estate to the Václav Havel Library. Thousands of pages of manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, documents and personal and official correspondence are gradually being classified and digitalised. The result of this work should be not only to map the life and work of one of the key figures of the New Wave of Czechoslovak film in the 1960s, but also to make his literary works accessible in the book series The Works of Pavel Juráček.

The aim of the Václav Havel Library is to ensure that Pavel Juráček finds a place in the broader cultural consciousness and to notionally build on the deep friendship he shared with Václav Havel. Soon after Juráček’s death in 1989 Havel said of him: “Pavel was a friend of mine whom I liked very much. He was one of the most sensitive and gentle people I have known – that’s why I cannot write more about him.”  

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All about Library

The Václav Havel Library works to preserve the legacy of Václav Havel, literary, theatrical and also political, in particular his struggle for freedom, democracy and the defence of human rights. It supports research and education on the life, values and times of Václav Havel as well as the enduring significance of his ideas for both the present and future.

The Václav Havel Library also strives to develop civil society and active civic life, serving as a platform for discussion on issues related to the support and defence of liberty and democracy, both in the Czech Republic and internationally.

The main aims of the Václav Havel Library include

  • Organizing archival, archival-research, documentary, museum and library activities focused on the work of Vaclav Havel and documents or objects related to his activities, and carries out professional analysis of their influence on the life and self-reflection of society
  • Serving, in a suitable manner, such as through exhibitions, the purpose of education and popularisation functions, thus presenting to the public the historical significance of the fight for human rights and freedoms in the totalitarian period and the formation of civil society during the establishment of democracy
  • Organizing scientific research and publication activities in its areas of interest

Library, documentation centre

Ostrovní 13, 110 00 Praha 1
Tel.: (+420) 222 220 112

Opening hours:
every Tuesday
from 9:00 till 17:00

Invoicing address

Knihovna Václava Havla, Foundation Fund
Ostrovní 13, 110 00 Praha 1
IČO 27169413 / DIČ CZ 27169413

Mailing address

Knihovna Václava Havla, Foundation Fund
Ostrovní 13, 110 00 Praha 1

Bank account

7077 7077 / 0300 CZKIBAN: CZ61 0300 0000 0000 7077 7077
7755 7755 / 0300 EURIBAN: CZ40 0300 0000 0000 7755 7755
7747 7747 / 0300 USDIBAN: CZ66 0300 0000 0000 7747 7747
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Staňte se členy Klubu přátel Knihovny Václava Havla

We believe that we are succeeding in fulfilling the vision of Václav Havel, who, when he founded the Library, declared that it only makes sense as a living organism that occupies an unmissable place in the whole of public and political life. We see this as a commitment and inspiration for the future. We would like to use the footage of our hundreds of events in our own internet TV channel, expand our publication programme, develop more e-learning series, start organising workshops for teachers... But all this will require considerable financial resources. That's why we decided to turn to our visitors and supporters for support.

Pomozte nám inspirovat své okolí i Vy!
Přijdete se k nám a staňte se členem Klubu přátel Knihovny VH!


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Support us

Financial donations

If you would like to support the work of the Václav Havel Library or its specific activities or projects by means of a financial donation you can do so via the VHL’s PayPal account

Or by bank transfer to:

ČSOB a. s., Na Poříčí 24, 115 20 Praha 1

  • Crown account number 7077 7077 / 0300 CZK
  • Euro account number 7755 7755 / 0300 EUR
  • Dollar account number 7747 7747 / 0300 USD

If an individual makes a donation of over CZK 1,000, or if a company makes a donation of over CZK 2,000, in one calendar year we will create for you a donation contract confirming the amount of the donation involved; the donor can use this to reduce their tax base in compliance with the law on taxation. For more information, contact us.

Donors with US citizenship can support us through the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation New York.

Donations and loans to the VHL archive

The Václav Havel Library administers an archive of written materials, documents, photographs, video recordings and other materials related to the life and work of Václav Havel. The archive is predominantly digital in form. If you or somebody close to you is the owner of original texts, photographs, speeches or other works produced by Václav Havel we would appreciate it greatly if you contacted us. We will oversee the digitalisation of these documents and place them in our digital archive. If you would like to keep possession of such documents or items, we will return them in perfect condition.  

If a copy or original is donated to the Václav Havel Library, the terms of donation and use will in all cases be agreed with the owner. The names of all donors or owners will be listed alongside the documentary materials in question.


We offer short and long-term internships at the Václav Havel Library to Czech and foreign students. Interns are particularly welcomed in the fields of library studies and archival science, arts management, journalism, Czech Studies and other areas of the humanities.

We welcome knowledge of English (German and French are also a plus), while knowledge of Czech is an advantage for foreign interns.

Internships range in duration from six weeks to one year, while it is possible to agree on individual duration depending on the requirements of schools. On completion of the internship, the participant receives a certificate with an appraisal. Internships take place on the basis of prior agreement with applicants and dates must be agreed around two months in advance. Václav Havel Library internships are unpaid and we do not cover transport or accommodation costs.

If you are interested in an internship at the Václav Havel Library, contact us at the email address:

Media and promotion cooperation with the VHL

The Václav Havel Library welcomes the mutual exchange of links and the publication of our banners and information about our events. For more information, contact us directly.


The Václav Havel Library welcomes volunteers who would like to assist in our work.  

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