Introducing IGeLU 2018 in Prague

We are very happy to invite you to the 13th IGeLU Conference that will be hosted by the Czech National Library of Technology in Prague from August 20-23.
The conference website is available here :

The Czech National Library of Technology

Our host, The National Library of Technology in Prague originated in 1718 as a collection of books belonging to the first Engineering Professor of the Czech Estates, Christian Willenberg (1655-1731).
Over the next two centuries, the library grew as part of the Estates School of Engineering and other predecessors to the present-day Czech Technical University in Prague between 1786 and the outbreak of World War II in various locations.

Construction of the current building began in 2006 and was completed in January 2009. The library opened to the public on 9 September 2009 and now boasts the most extensive collection of Czech and international documents in the field of technology and applied natural and social sciences related to technology in the Czech Republic.
The user-friendly design philosophy for the building has been described as a “high-tech living room for students” by the institution’s Director Martin Svoboda.

The Conference and Developers Day

The Conference starts on Monday August 20 and will end at lunchtime on Thursday August 23, preceded by pre-conference meetings on Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19. The Developers Day has been scheduled on Thursday August 23 and we will assure no overlap between Thursday morning Conference sessions and Developers Day sessions.

The venue

The events venue is the Clarion Congress hotel, one of the largest and most state-of-the-art congress hotels in the Czech Republic with excellent facilities. The venue is located in the area Prague 9 with an excellent and fast subway connection to the historic city center.
You are advised to book accommodation using the conference website.


Capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague is bisected by the Vltava River. It’s nickname is “the City of a Hundred Spires,” and the city is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, the pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints. The famous Prague Castle dates from the 9th century. It is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic.

Any librarian should use the opportunity to visit the Franz Kafka Museum. The museum hosts a number of first edition Kafka books as well as displays original letters, diaries and drawings created by Kafka

We hope to meet you again in beautiful Prague!

Theo Engelman, IGeLU Chair