Become a Volunteer at the Václav Havel Library

We like using volunteers during the organisation of cultural events, debates and discussions or conferences, the processing of archive materials, the delivery of materials and so on.

We offer short and long-term internships at the Václav Havel Library to serious applicants from the ranks of Czech and international students. Interns are especially welcomed from the areas of librarianship and archiving, but they may be oriented towards any of the other activities of the Václav Havel Library or any other areas associated with the organisation’s operations.

We welcome knowledge of the English language (or German or French), while a knowledge of Czech is an advantage for international interns. The minimum length of an internship is 6 weeks and the maximum length is 1 year. After completing the internship, the participant receives a certificate with an evaluation. The internships take place after a prior agreement reached with the potential intern and it is necessary to agree to the internship dates approximately 2 months in advance. The internships at the Václav Havel Library are not paid and we do not secure transport or accommodation for the interns.

If you are interested in an internship at Václav Havel Library, you can contact us by email:

Speech on receiving an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

„My somewhat desultory attitude about studying Kafka’s works comes from my vague feeling that I don't need to read and re-read everything Kafka has written because I know what I’ll find there anyway. I'm even secretly persuaded that if Kafka did not exist, and if I were a better writer than I am, I would have written all his works myself.“

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, April 26, 1990

What Price Human Rights?