Use of the archive by the public

Operation of the CNB Archive’s research room from 29 November 2021

A maximum of two people are able to visit the research room at any one time and visits are by appointment only. Visitors to the research room must submit one of the following documents:

  • a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, where at least 14 days have passed since the first dose of the vaccine in the case of a two-dose schedule in accordance with the summary of product characteristics (hereinafter the “SPC”) or at least 14 days have passed since the application of the first dose of a vaccine in the case of a single-dose schedule in accordance with the SPC, and the vaccinated person is not showing any COVID-19 symptoms,
  • a certificate of having recovered from COVID-19, where the period of isolation has ended in accordance with the applicable extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health, and no more than 180 days have passed since the positive SARS-CoV-2 antigen test or the positive RT-PCR test, and the person who has recovered from the disease is not showing any clinical symptoms of COVID-19,
  • persons under 18 years of age, persons who have a contraindication to vaccination and persons whose final dose of the vaccine was administered less than 14 days prior to the visit will be required to present a certificate showing a negative result of a RT-PCR SARS CoV-2 test taken no more than 72 hours before the visit.

Visitors to the CNB buildings are required to wear respiratory protective equipment, at the very least a FFP2/KN 95 face mask with no exhalation valve or a similar mask/device which at least meets all the technical conditions and requirements for the product (ČSN EN 14683+AC standard) and prevents the spread of droplets.

The archive materials located in the CNB Archive are of fundamental importance to the study of Czech economic history. The Archive owns unique records tracing the development of the Czech banking system, individual banks, macroeconomic processes and individual industrial branches and enterprises in particular time periods. Many of the documents also relate to political, social and cultural affairs in the 19th and 20th centuries. The archive also contains important documents dating from the German occupation in 1939–1945.

Provided that the relevant legal rules are observed, anyone can view the documents in the Archive - either directly in the Archive's research room or by submitting a search request in writing to the following address:

  • Česká národní banka
    Sekce správní
    Odbor Návštěvnické centrum ČNB
    Na Příkopě 28
    115 03 Praha 1

Archive materials are lent for study to the research room free of charge, except for written documents less than 30 years old or those that would endanger the rights of living persons. In the interests of protection of the archive materials, unprocessed documents may not be viewed.

The research room of the CNB Archive is located in the CNB building in Prague 1, Na Příkopě 28 (entrance from 3 Senovážná Street). The studying of archive materials in the research room is regulated by the Research Rules of the Archive of the CNB (pdf, 87kB) of the CNB Archive. Those wishing to study at the Archive must fill in a researcher’s form and show proof of identity every time they visit.

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m.
Friday: 8.00 a.m.–2.00 p.m.

The requested archive materials are made ready for viewing by the archive staff in the research room on the agreed date. These materials may not be lent outside the research room and may only be studied in person.

Archive tools (catalogues and registers) are also available in analogue and electronic form.

At the written request of institutions and private individuals, the CNB Archive conducts searches of its processed collections. This service, including the sending of copies of documents, is provided for remunerationPayment for Archives Services (pdf, 77kB).