The Jiří Mahen Library

The Jiří Mahen Library (Municipal Library) in Brno, South Moravia, was nominated for the price MOSTY (Bridges) for the year 2011.

This prise was created by the Czech National Disability Council to appraise an uncommon achievement in favour of disabled people. The Library was nominated for the barrier free access to library services for people with different levels and sorts of handicaps.

As an example we can mention the Blind and Weak-eyed Library, a division of the Jiří Mahen Library. It was founded in the year 1976 on the basis of an agreement between the Macan Library for Blind in Prague and the Jiří Mahen Library. The interior of the library was interconnected with the interior of the Music library after the reconstruction in the year 2011.

Another example is the grant project Hand in Hand aimed at the integration of children with various disabilities.

To get more information click on this links:
http://www.kjm.cz/projekt-ruku-v-ruce
http://www.kjm.cz/knihovna-pro-nevidome-a-slabozrake-handicapovani
http://www.nrzp.cz/projekty/cena-mosty.html

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

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