Jiřina Šiklová library

Architect: František Jiskra

Year of completion: 1906

The tenement houses on Masaryk Embankment are undoubtedly one of the architectural treasures of Prague. In our case, a beautiful, neo-Gothic-inspired house number 8 is a jewelry box hiding a real treasure. We are talking about a library that boasts the largest collection of feminist and gender literature in Central and Eastern Europe. It was founded in 1992 in the apartment of sociologist, dissident, and founder of the Department of Social Work and Gender Studies, Jiřina Šiklová, when initially it was just her private collection. Over time, the library acquired valuable publications from individual donors, laying the foundation for its future archive. Today, the library offers a diverse range of books and magazines focused on gender stereotypes, discrimination, feminism, gender, and queer studies. It also houses the archive of Eliška Krásnohorská, which provides the public with valuable archival documents from the history of the Czech women’s movement.

Masarykovo nábř. 8, 120 00 Praha 2 – Nové Město
Masarykovo nábř. 8, 120 00 Praha 2 – Nové Město

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