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National library of the Czech Republic is the complex of buildings of the Clementinum — a wildly beautiful and elegant example of Baroque architecture. In 1722 it became the Jesuit University, and in 1781 was established Bibliotheca Nationalis, collection of literature in the Czech language. Today the library holds more than 20 thousand books. A number of rare historical editions will soon be scanned and posted on Google Books.
Some interesting facts about the Clementinum national library: it was the third largest Jesuit educational institution in the world; weather observations began here in 1775; the Clementinum is mentioned in the novel, the famous Spanish writer Jorge Luis Borges.
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