We are happy to welcome you back to the library. The library is open to the public though special conditions are temporarily in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to balance providing library services and access to library materials with ensuring the health of library staff and our visitors.
Library Operations Amid COVID-19
Library Hours and Services
- The library is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30am – 4:00pm.
- For quick questions or for substantial research projects, contact our librarians directly at email@example.com or 319-362-8500, x120.
- If you would like on-site research assistance, we strongly recommend making appointments with our librarians at least two business days in advance.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the bookshelves are not available for browsing at this time though library staff can retrieve items by request. We also require researchers to wear masks while in the library.
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 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 placenames and surnames. We can also recommend other resources outside the NCSML that might provide additional information.
NCSML Genealogical Resources
Begin your search at our online catalog. Tip: use the search term “genealogy” or “family” along with the name you are searching.
Czech and Slovak Genealogy Websites
Donate Library Materials
The Skala Bartizal Library accepts donations of library materials from individuals and organizations. Please contact library staff 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. Note: unsolicited materials 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.”
David Muhlena, Library Director
Dave received his B.A. in history and M.A. in library and information science from the University of Iowa. He has been the library director at the NCSML since 1997.
Leroy Bradway, Cataloging Librarian
Leroy received his B.A. in psychology from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, a M.Div. from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN and a M.A. in library and information science from the University of Iowa. He has been the library cataloger at the NCSML library since 2012.
We’re ready to help! Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-362-8500, x120.