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Have We Learned Any Lessons? An article written by Martin Palouš and David J. Kramer  25/02/20

Thirty years ago, on February 21, 1990, the new president of Czechoslovakia addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. Less than four months before, in a remarkable contrast to the position he had assumed as leader of his country, Vaclav Havel had been under arrest as a “subversive element” in his country under a Communist regime that was soon to come to a spectacular end. Continue reading here.


Conference Global Challenges to Liberal Thought  28/01/20

Dear guests, Due to organisational reasons on the side of our partner, we are obliged to postpone the conference "Global Challenges to Liberal Thought" on 31 January and 1 February to which you have registered. We will inform you about the new date in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience and we are looking forward to seeing you at some other event at our premises. Václav Havel Library Team


Support Hong Kong with 5 fingers raised!  10/12/19

On 10 December 2019, Human Rights Day, the Vaclav Havel Library is launching a Facebook happening to support the protesters in Hong Kong. We call upon everyone to upload their photographs with their 5 fingers raised under this Facebook event. More


It’s here again – the Velvet Weekend is coming!  06/11/19

Do you recall that time of euphoria? Thirty years ago when the Czech and Slovak nation united and said a clear NO to the Communist government? Let’s celebrate this round anniversary together and remember Václav Havel, the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia after 1989. More

Program for February 2020<>

A Christian Struggle – Anastáz Opasek and Opus Bonum

A Christian Struggle – Anastáz Opasek and Opus Bonum

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 6, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

Petr Placák will introduce his new book Křesťanský zápas o českou věc – Působení opata Opaska a organizace Opus bonum v čs. exilu (A Christian Struggle with a Czech Focus – Abbot Opasek’s Activities and the Opus Bonum Organisation in the Czechoslovak Exile Community). The book explores one of the most notable anti-communist initiatives when thanks to their openness a broad variety of streams in the exile community managed to come together via the Roman Catholic Church. These included conservatives, liberals and greens, as well as former Communists, members of the Czech nobility, representatives of the Czechoslovak underground, Catholics and Evangelicals and activists of Jewish origin. 

Guests at the book’s launch will include the writer Ivan Binar, Dana Němcová, Vienna pub operator Jiří Chmel and Radio Free Europe editor Martin Schulz.

Dáša Vokatá will conclude the evening by singing the exiles’ anthem.

Václav Havel: The Memorandum

Václav Havel: The Memorandum

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 10, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

The theatre group at Prague’s Jan Neruda Gymnasium will perform the play, directed by Filip H. Härtel.

The protagonist of The Memorandum (1965) is not a particular individual but ptydepe, an omnipresent – yet elusive, incomprehensible and unmanageable – artificial language. Václav Havel demonstrates language’s immense power over mankind. Over our thoughts, actions and attitudes. But above all, he shows how easy it is to become part of such an artificial and ultimately nonsensical and aimless system in which we can in the end lose ourselves.

Debate with Respekt

Debate with Respekt

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 11, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

Discussion involving editors from the weekly Respekt and their guests on a topical issue. For more information visit www.Vá

Czech Hoaxes – The Green Mountain and Queen’s Court Manuscripts Within Us

Czech Hoaxes – The Green Mountain and Queen’s Court Manuscripts Within Us

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 12, 2020, 17:00 – 19:00

How did it come to pass that among the key symbols in the shaping of modern Czech identity were hoaxes that, what’s more, also represented the Czechs in 19th century Europe? Were contemporary journalists who claimed that the entire Czech National Revival was built on a lie correct? How did Czechs encounter and contend with these hoaxes? And how is that clash instructive today in the 21st century, when eternal national identity is again a political issue and new techniques of manipulating it are being employed?

Czech historical fictions and hoaxes, their role and how to come to terms with them in art and public life will be among the issues discussed by Miroslav Pudlák, writer of the opera Sasíci v Čechách aneb marnost boje proti RKZ (The Saxons in Bohemia, or the Pointlessness of the Struggle Against the Green Mountain Manuscript) and the authors of the monograph Rukopisy královédvorský a zelenohorský v kultuře a umění (The Queen’s Court and Green Mountain Manuscripts in Culture and Art) (Academia 2019).

The event will be moderated by Dalibor Dobiáš from the Institute for Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Argo Publishing House Presents

Argo Publishing House Presents

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 13, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

Five Czech novelists who publish on the Argo imprint will present their latest works. The writers will also discuss revolutionary changes in the method/quantity/quality of reading today and the influence of readers’ new habits on their art, the need for fantasy in real life, the necessity of knocking the realist novel off its pedestal and the motivation and the passion of the author. 

Kateřina Kadlecová, a journalist with the weekly Reflex, will chair this debate involving Argo publishing house authors Kateřina Blažková, Pavel Bušta, Vratislav Kadlec, Igor Malijevský and Michal Vrba.

Valerian Pidmohylny: The City

Valerian Pidmohylny: The City

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 18, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

An encounter with a Ukrainian cult novel translated into Czech by Miroslav Tomek. Valerian Pidmohylny’s The City is both an adventure and philosophical novel that stands up creditably, and playfully, within the context of European modernism. The story of a young man who leaves his native village to become an engineer and spread learning initially comes across as schematic, even naive. But only because the young man is himself naive. Will the city grind down the hero and rob him of his ideals? Yes and no. The city doesn’t respond to these questions but raises fresh ones. It forces the protagonist to encounter himself, to run up against his own desires and sexuality, to let himself down, to find a calling. It was just this ambivalence and non-schematic approach that saw the novel dubbed anti-Soviet. Its writer Pidmohylny (1901–1937) died during the purges.

Ukrainian Studies expert Tereza Chlaňová and poet Marie Iljašenko will discuss the difficulties of translating literary classics with translator Tomek.

Women on Women

Women on Women

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 19, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

Twenty-eight interviews with 29 film and literary documentarians working in the Czech Republic have been published in the volume Ženy o ženách (Women on Women). In the book, author Barbora Baronová explores her interviewees’ artistic motivations, how they select themes and their relationship to key aspects of documentary work, such as censorship, engagement and therapy. Last but not least, she discusses with her subjects the issues of gender, the role of institutions in documentary work and financing.

The book contains interviews with novelist Petra Dvořáková, Slovak filmmaker Zuzana Piussi, writer Alena Wagnerová, artist and personal development instructor Tereza Tara, history professor Dana Musilová, filmmaker Helena Třeštíková, art theorist Michaela Peško Banzetová, ethnographer Eleanore Rasmussen, activist and documentary filmmaker Apolena Rychlíková, documentary filmmaker Olga Sommerová, sociologist Marcela Linková, journalist and author Judita Matyášová, journalist and humanitarian worker Petra Procházková and more.

Bára Šichanová will host the evening and helm a talk with Barbora Baronová.

How Kiev’s Maidan Changed Ukrainian Society

How Kiev’s Maidan Changed Ukrainian Society

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 20, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

On February 20 it is six years since the bloody events of the revolution of dignity at Kiev’s Maidan square. Its primary outcome was not political change in the country but first and foremost the birth of a strong civic society that has been an active participant in, or even initiator of, positive change in recent years. How did Ukraine change during and after the Maidan? How did former revolutionaries turn into reformers of their country, and how successful have they been?

Taking part in the debate will be historian and journalist Oleksandr Zinchenko, one of the most important Maidan activists (who also pushed through the renaming of a Kiev street as Václav Havel Street) and David Stulík, an analyst at the European Values think tank who served as press spokesperson of the European Commission in Kiev at the time of the Maidan.

Interpretation into Czech provided.

Faces of Normalisation

Faces of Normalisation

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 25, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

Normalization has earned a reputation in society of being a bearable, “goulash” communism, during which people escaped to their cottage or the records of Karel Gott. In reality, it spelled years of devastation. Societal apathy, lethargy and unwillingness to accept liberty or responsibility were all rooted not in the gallows of the 1950s or Jáchymov’s Tower of Death, but in the regime brought in by Soviet tanks in August 1968. Precisely because of a creeping degradation of the spirit and will of the majority, it is worth remembering how tremendously evil and distorted the period was. 

The book Tváře normalizace (Faces of Normalisation) has been brought out by Deník N as a contribution to the mosaic of understanding of the country’s past. The authors opted to tell specific human stories that, despite their specificity, deliver a stronger sense of the mechanisms and atmosphere of the time than academic studies. Together, the stories of the regime’s well-known and rank and file protagonists form a convincing portrait of that time.

The publication will be discussed by historian Libor Svoboda, writer Jiří Padevět and its editors Eliška Černá and Jan Wirnitzer

Introduced by Ján Simkanič, director of publishers N Media.

Deník N journalist Jana Ustohalová will moderate.

Ostrava Book Festival

Ostrava Book Festival

  • Where: The Černá louka Exposition Grounds, Ostrava
  • When: February 28, 2020, 10:00 – February 29, 2020, 18:00

Encounter with the Václav Havel Library at the largest book festival in the Moravian Silesian Region. The library’s publications and merchandise will be on sale.

An Orwellian Ministry of Truth? Debate on the Czechoslovak Judicial System of the 1950s

An Orwellian Ministry of Truth? Debate on the Czechoslovak Judicial System of the 1950s

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 28, 2020, 17:00 – 19:00

Two new publications exploring the Czechoslovak judicial system of the 1950s, Lexikon nejvyšších představitelů československé justice a prokuratury v letech 1948–1989 (Lexicon of Senior Representatives of the Czechoslovak Judicial and Prosecution Systems, 1948–1989) and Ministerstvo spravedlnosti v letech 1948–1953 (The Ministry of Justice, 1948–1953), will be presented during this discussion with representatives of Charles University’s Faculty of Law and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

Guests: historians Jaroslav Pažout and Adam Zítek and legal historians Lukáš Blažek, Ivana Bláhová and Daniela Němečková.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes as part of the 14th edition of the Mene Tekel festival against totalitarianism, evil and violence and for national memory.

Screening of The Last Cyclist

Screening of The Last Cyclist

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 28, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

Virtually unknown in the Czech Republic, Karel Švenk’s satirical and allegorical cabaret comedy The Last Cyclist was created at the Terezín concentration camp but never made it past dress rehearsals.

Jana Šedová, who played Mánička, was the only original cast member to survive the Holocaust. In 1961, with the help of Darek Vostřel, she reconstructed it “from memory”. This version was the basis for a play by American writer Naomi Patz that has been performed many times, particularly at universities in the US and Mexico. A 2017 production by Edward Einhorn at the La MaMa Theater was filmed and will be presented to viewers – almost symbolically – at the Václav Havel Library.

Einhorn, a director and playwright, heads New York’s Untitled Theater #61: A Theater of Ideas, which he set up 25 years ago. His authorial and directorial focus has been marked by two passions: Jewish culture and Theatre of the Absurd. Both gradually led him also to Czech culture. In 2006 he organised the now legendary Havel Festival in New York, during which the complete plays of Václav Havel were performed, most with the author in attendance. Einhorn also organised a festival of Jewish theatre in New York in 2009.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library as part of the 14th edition of the Mene Tekel festival against totalitarianism, evil and violence and for national memory.

Havel Channel

Ve zkušebním provozu jsme na začátku května 2020 spustili televizní kanál, jehož smyslem je naplňovat poslání Knihovny VH moderními technologiemi, bez ohledu na hranice a nouzové stavy všeho druhu. V tuto chvíli probíhá výběr a testování vhodných formátů. Vzniká rovněž základní programové schéma, jehož páteř budou tvořit debaty, vzdělávací projekty, rozhovory, záznamy akcí a v neposlední řadě archivní záběry s Václavem Havlem. Oficiální spuštění televize je plánováno na září 2020.

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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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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.

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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


Man of inspiration

This six-part series of educational videos introduces young viewers to the most important events in Czechoslovak history in the second half of the 20th century, with an accent on the human rights struggle. It is presented by singer and TV moderator Emma Smetana and choreographer and producer Yemi. The presenters of the English versions are native speakers.


Year of Revolution

The year of the Velvet Revolution from the perspective of young YouTubers. A series of seven video lessons aimed at elementary and secondary schools mapping the revolutionary year from January to December 1989 and introducing viewers to key moments in totalitarian Czechoslovakia’s transformation into a democratic country.


Read Havel

A collection of short videos in which well-known young people in Czech public life present iconic and lesser-known texts by Václav Havel.


Václav Havel here and now

A travelling series of discussions about VH and more with Michael Žantovský, intended for secondary school students, libraries and arts centres.


Best Student Essay Competition

One of the key genres of Václav Havel’s work is essays – on literary, artistic, social, political, and spiritual topics. His 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. For this reason, the Václav Havel Library is announcing the next year of the literary competition for secondary students: the Václav Havel Library Prize for Best Student Essay.


Václav Havel´s Bookshelves

The Václav Havel Little Libraries are a key new Václav Havel Library project aimed at establishing a nationwide network of elementary and secondary schools that, with the support of the VHL, will spread the legacy of Václav Havel among their pupils and students. The aim of the Little Libraries is to create in schools (on the model of the existing Václav Havel’s Places) book shelves on which the schools will gather both texts by Václav Havel and texts closely linked to him. They may also contain other written materials, audio and video recordings and photographs.


Lets rock!

Are your students (whether at elementary, arts-focused elementary or secondary schools) interested in history? Do you have a theatre or film club at your school, or are you teaching young people who “just” like to act? If so, we cordially invite you to join the Václav Havel Library in celebrating in a creative manner the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with the theatre-education project Tomorrow!


Guided tour – Havel In A Nutshell

The Václav Havel Library’s permanent exhibition Havel In A Nutshell introduces pupils and students the life of Václav Havel through a collage of photographs and quotations. Touch screens make use of detailed information and sound recordings to place individual chapters – family, theatre, dissent and presidency – in a broad cultural-historical context, while a large interactive map creates a tangible sense of Václav Havel’s global “footsteps”.


Václav Havel – a Czech myth, or Havel in a Nutshell

This interactive workshop lasting for about 180 minutes takes place in the “Havel in a Nutshell” exhibition hall. Primary and secondary school students are divided into groups within which they deal with various “research” projects. Students work with selected texts and are provided with particular books. The workshop is related not only to the teaching of Czech history, but also to personal, literary, artistic and media training, and increasing student’s democratic consciousness as citizens.


Workshop: The Audience

An interactive 90 minutes’ workshop for secondary school’s students deals with Havel´s well known play The Audience.


Workshop: The Life Story of Vaclav Havel

An interactive 90 minutes’ workshop for primary school pupils (6 – 12 years) brings the ideas and work of Václav Havel on human rights and civil society to children through Havel´s book for children Pizh'duks.



Havel in a nutshell

The Václav Havel Library’s permanent exhibition brings Václav Havel’s story to life via a collage of photographs and quotations. Touchscreens place individual chapters of his life in the broader cultural and historical context, while a large-scale interactive map allows visitors to gain a tangible sense of Václav Havel’s global “footsteps”.  


Oldřich Škácha – Occupation 1968

A collection of photographs by Oldřich Škácha from the Václav Havel Library’s collection.


The Faces of Resistance

Pavel Hroch’s online photographic exhibition captures the stories of those who, across several decades of Czechoslovak history, stood up to evil, inhumanity, oppression and coarseness and who at certain moments displayed courage, will to freedom, love of those around them and common sense.


Via the East to the West

In autumn 1989, Prague was flooded with citizens from the German Democratic Republic. For them, the Czechoslovak capital was to be a transfer station on the journey to freedom, to the western part of their country, whose division was symbolised by the Berlin Wall. One of the main reasons for the sudden growth in the number of refugees was the fear that the GDR would close its borders with Czechoslovakia, the only country East German citizens could enter without a visa, ahead of 40th anniversary celebrations of its foundation.


With a Passion for Freedom

Pavel Hroch’s photographs capture the revolutionary period springing from November 1989 as well as the era of transformation, the start of the 1990s, when things happened in Czechoslovakia that had previously been impossible and unimaginable, a period of joy and carnivalesque festivity, a period of visions, hopes and a great and perhaps somewhat naïve belief in the future. Twenty-five years later, the photographs hold a mirror up to the manner in which those dreams and visions have been realised and to where we find ourselves today.



Story of Václav Havel’s final play and first film (1988–2011)


August invasion of Hrádeček

A meeting of the children of dissidents and others who shared recollections of Václav Havel. The exhibition is a colourful collage of photographs, audio recordings – from talks by individual participants on the subject “My life with Václav Havel”, to a concert by Monika Načeva and Michal Pavlíček – and unique archival materials.


Za dobu svého trvání Knihovna Václava Havla připravila a uspořádala desítky výstav. Část z nich – přibližující nejen život a dílo Václava Havla, ale též nejrůznější kulturní, historické a společenské fenomény českých zemí 2. poloviny 20. století – se stala součástí jejího archivu. Nyní bychom je rádi prostřednictvím tohoto digitálního depozitáře nabídli dalším vzdělávacím a kulturním institucím (školám, knihovnám, klubům…) k bezplatnému využití.  

  • 03/09/19 – 30/09/19foyer knihovny Petra Bezruče v Opavě, 1. patro
  • 03/09/19 – 26/10/19Opava, Galerie Hřivnáč
  • 09/2019Štěpánek Netolický House, Třeboň
  • 01/10/19 – 30/10/19
  • 21/10/19 – 31/12/19Městská knihovna, Žamberk
  • 30/10/19 – 30/11/19Kinský Château, Valašské Meziříčí
  • 10/2019Vysoké Mýto
  • 01/11/19 – 31/12/19Městská knihovna Písek
  • 01/11/19 – 30/11/19
  • 01/11/19 – 02/12/19
  • 01/11/19 – 30/11/19
  • 01/11/19 – 29/11/19Městské kulturní středisko, Dobřany
  • 01/11/19 – 30/11/19SSJS, Tábor
  • 01/11/19 – 30/11/19SSJS, Tábor
  • 01/11/19 – 30/11/19Gymnázium a Střední odborná škola ekonomická, Sedlčany
  • 01/11/19 – 30/11/19Gymnázium a Střední odborná škola ekonomická, Sedlčany
  • 01/11/19 – 29/11/19Základní umělecká škola, Teplice
  • 01/11/19 – 30/11/19Střední průmyslová škola na Proseku, Praha
  • 01/11/19 – 30/11/19Střední průmyslová škola na Proseku, Praha
  • 01/11/19 – 31/12/20České centrum v Sofii, Bulharsko
  • 01/11/19 – 02/12/19Pečky
  • 01/11/19 – 29/02/20OA a SOSŽE v Žatci
  • 04/11/19 – 10/01/20Municipal Library, Ústí nad Orlicí
  • 10/11/19 – 17/11/19Pětašedesátka, Úvaly
  • 11/11/19 – 08/12/19
  • 11/11/19 – 29/11/19Střední škola letecké a výpočetní techniky, Odolena Voda
  • 11/11/19 – 30/06/20Gymnázuim, základní škola a mateřská škola Hello, Ostrava
  • 11/11/19 – 30/11/19ZŠ a MŠ Velký Újezd
  • 14/11/19 – 19/11/19SŠŽTS, Šumperk
  • 15/11/19 – 01/02/201st International School of Ostrava
  • 15/11/19 – 30/11/19Nadační fond ZUŠ Alfréda Radoka, Valašské Meziříčí
  • 17/11/19
  • 17/11/19TJ Sokol, Brozany
  • 11/2019
  • 11/2019
  • 03/01/20 – 21/01/201. Základní škola Hořovice
  • 01/2020Gymnázium Jana Palacha, Mělník
  • 01/2020
  • 01/2020 – 02/2020
  • 02/03/20 – 30/09/20SPŠ akademika Heyrovského, Ostrava
  • 02/03/20 – 23/03/20Gymnázium Jana Keplera, Praha
  • 02/03/20 – 31/03/201st International School of Ostrava
  • 02/03/20 – 20/03/20
  • 24/03/20 – 30/04/20Gymnázium Jana Keplera, Praha
  • 01/09/20 – 31/10/20Městská knihovna Ústí nad Orlicí
  • 01/09/20 – 30/09/20
  • 01/11/20 – 31/12/20
  • 02/11/20 – 02/12/202.11. – 2. 12. 2020
  • 12/11/20 – 01/12/20
  • 01/11/21 – 30/01/22
  • 30/11/21 – 05/01/22










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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.

  • 52968 records in total
  • 15303 of events in the VH's life
  • 2994 of VH's texts
  • 2086 of photos 
  • 280of videos
  • 558of audios
  • 6523of letters
  • 14722of texts about VH
  • 6627 of books
  • 27210of 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.

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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 collects, researches, disseminates, promotes and advocates the spiritual, literary and political legacy of a great figure of modern Czech history - the author, playwright, thinker, human rights defender and Czechoslovak and Czech president. It also focuses on people, events and phenomena related to the legacy of Václav Havel and strives to place them in the context of the times and of the present.

From August 2014, the Václav Havel Library is located at the address Ostrovní 13, Prague 1. The building’s ground-floor spaces is dedicated to an exhibition "Václav Havel or Havel in a nutshell" and used for VHL club events – all kinds of seminars, readings, exhibitions, lectures, concerts and theatre performances. The Library’s offices, archive, constantly expanding library, and reading room are located on the first floor.

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
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Staňte se členy Klubu přátel Knihovny Václava Havla

„Domnívám se, že se nám daří naplňovat vizi Václava Havla, jenž při založení Knihovny prohlásil, že má smysl jedině jako živoucí organismus, který zaujímá své nepřehlédnutelné místo v celku veřejného a politického života. Vnímáme to jako závazek a inspiraci do budoucna. Rádi bychom využili záznamů ze stovek našich akcí ve vlastním kanálu internetové televize, rozšířili publikační program, připravili další e-learningové série, začali pořádat workshopy pro učitele… To vše si však vyžádá nemalé finanční prostředky. Proto jsme se rozhodli obrátit na naše návštěvníky a příznivce s prosbou o podporu.“ – Michael Žantovský

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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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