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100 years since the publication of the Library Act

Summary: The first task of the new parliament and government after the establishment of Czechoslovakia in October 1918 was the stabilization of economic and social conditions. Yet among the first laws passed by the National Assembly in 1919 was that on the legal provision for the establishment of public library system. Such an early outcome was made possible because Czech members of the previous Czech and Moravian Diets already strove for such a law and librarians, united under the leadership of L. J. Živný, were in agreement on its definition. The first appraisal of the Library Act was made at the International Conference of Librarians in Prague in 1926 and further evaluation followed on the Act’s 10th and 20th anniversaries.


Keywords: origin of Czechoslovakia, Library Act, Ladislav Jan Živný, history of libraries

Doc. PhDr. Jaromír Kubíček, CSc. / Slezská univerzita v Opavě, Filozoficko-přírodovědná fakulta, Ústav bohemistiky a knihovnictví (Silesian University, Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava, The Institute of the Czech Language and Library Science), Masarykova třída 343/37, 746 01 Opava

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