Welcome to the website of the Czech Literary Bibliography, which for almost 70 years has been under construction at the Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences, a public research institute. The Czech Literary Bibliography comprises a set of bibliographical databases updated on an ongoing basis, which systematically reflect cultural journalism and specialist texts on Czech literature and literary life in the Czech lands.


The parameters of the ICL Bibliographical Databases (chronologically covering the period from 1770 to the present, dealing with approximately 1,500 titles and over two million records) make them the most extensive specialist bibliography in the Czech Republic. The interconnected Czech Literary Figures database of individuals includes basic biographical details for some 40,000 figures in literary life. During 2014 the complete set successfully underwent an assessment by the Czech Ministry of Education and under the title Czech Literary Bibliography (CLB) it was included with effect from 2016 in the Roadmap of large Czech infrastructures for research, experimental development and innovation. CLB activities centre around the compilation, systematic utilization and further ongoing development of bibliographical, biographical and auxiliary ICL databases.


Visitor statistics for individual CLB databases indicate that annual infrastructure usage exceeds 55,000 visits (based on statistics from 2013) and continues to rise. On average approximately 20% of CLB database users comprise researchers from abroad, some 50% are students in higher education, 25% are researchers and the rest are media professionals and the cultured public.


The CAS Institute of Czech Literature continues to provide all internet resources free of charge. The inclusion of the Czech Literary Bibliography in the Czech Roadmap of large research infrastructures for research, experimental development and innovation 2016–2022 entails a newly introduced obligation to quote these sources. 

Hence by entering any of the databases the user undertakes to refer to them in every publication, qualifying dissertation, doctoral thesis or habilitation thesis in the following recommended form:


''This work required usage of Czech Literary Bibliography research infrastructure resources (http://clb.ucl.cas.cz).''


The citation is to be made in a suitable place: in the case of a study in the first footnote or explanatory note after the text and the like; in the case of a book publication in the edition or bibliographical note, in the introduction to the bibliography listing and the like.

Since 2016 the activities of the Czech Literary Bibliography research infrastructure have been supported by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports as part of its operations to support research infrastructures (Project Code LM2015059).


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