The collection includes books, periodicals, musical recordings and sheet music, videos, and archival materials. Visitors to the Reading Room may browse books about history and politics, immigration, customs and traditions, folk and fine arts, music, and food as well as other topics. Items in the Library are intended to be used on site and are non-circulating.
The Skala Bartizal Library is a welcoming place to find information about Czech and Slovak history and culture, perform scholarly research, or discover more about your family history.
The Skala Bartizal Library collects materials pertaining to Czech and Slovak history and culture in a variety of formats. The materials described below provide an overview of the major parts of the library’s holdings. Contact library staff for more information about these collections and other resources of interest.
What We Collect
The Skala Bartizal Library collects library materials that document Czech and Slovak history and culture within both the European and American contexts. The Library also collects materials about other ethnic groups that have had a presence in the Czech and Slovak Lands, namely Germans, Jews, Hungarians, Carpatho-Rusyns and Roma (Gypsies).
The main languages of the collection are English, Czech and Slovak. Preference is given to English-language materials, as available, and materials produced by the Czech-American or Slovak-American community. The Library selectively acquires foreign-language materials published in the Czech Republic, Slovakia or the former Czechoslovakia.
Types of materials we collect:
Topics of special interest include:
- history and politics
- community histories
- folk and fine art
- folk costumes
- customs and traditions
The Skala Bartizal Library has a collection of genealogical materials that may be of interest to those researching their Czech or Slovak family histories. Because of the complexity of family histories and genealogical searches, library staff and volunteers are unable to perform the substantive research required to construct your family history. However, we can assist you in identifying relevant sources within the library and can help with questions about the original spelling of place-names and surnames. We can also recommend other resources outside the NCSML that might provide additional information.
Genealogy Web Sites & More
The Skala Bartizal Library accepts donations of library materials from individuals and organizations. Please contact the Library to discuss potential gifts before bringing or sending them in. Doing so provides library staff an opportunity to make sure the items being offered fit the Library’s collection development guidelines and do not duplicate current holdings. We may ask that you provide a list detailing the materials that are being offered. Unsolicited materials that are dropped off may be given to other organizations or discarded at the discretion of library staff.
Items accepted by the library will be documented in a Certificate of Gift. Items sometimes have unique stories associated with them. Please provide as much of this information as possible, which will be noted in the Certificate of Gift.
Please note that we cannot provide appraisals or place values on donations for tax purposes. It is the donor’s responsibility to determine fair market value or to seek guidance from a tax adviser or attorney. More information can be found in IRS Publication 561 “Determining the Value of Donated Property.”