The British Centre offers specialised services in English language teaching and learning, language exams and international certificates. The Library of the British Centre is open to the public and is developed with an objective to provide English language teaching and learning materials corresponding to all required language levels. The whole range of the library stock can be found in the catalogue.
In 2020 we are going to be closed on:
|11th July–15th August (summer break)|
|Saturdays 22nd and 29th August |
(I.e. - from Tuesday 18th August we are going to welcome you again in standard opening hrs, just - still without Saturdays).
From 1st September we are going to be opened again incl. Saturday mornings.
!!! On Tuesday 29. 9. the British Centre is closed due to MAJÁLES UP 2020 programme in Zbrojnice courtyard.
|28th October (bank holidays)|
|17th November (bank holidays)|
|From 22nd December to 2nd January 2021 (Christmas break) |
We will be looking forward to your visits from Tuesday, Jan 5th (in standard opening hrs).
Both the Library and Multimedia Study Room are open to the general public. Anyone can become a library member at any time of the year. There are no professional or age limitations.
A passport and a one passport size photo are needed in order to issue a membership card. We are sorry we do not accept credit cards.
Fees for Services
|Registration fee for public|
(membership for 12 months, no further fees for lending materials)
|Registration fee for the Palacky university students and employees||Free|
|Registration fee for holders of UP alumni card|
(membership for 12 months, no further fees for lending materials)
|Photocopying, A4 format||1.20 CZK|
Course fee of 2-semester courses is 7,200,- CZK. A 5% discount is applied for students/employees/alumni of Palacký University (6,840,- CZK).
It includes: 32 ninety-minute lessons in a period from October 2020 to May (alternatively June) 2021; a textbook; pre-test – preferably on March 27, 2021 but you can choose a different term from the offer; to take part in the pre-test you have to register extra at https://www.knihovna.upol.cz/pobocky/britske-centrum/#c16092; individual consulting according to the lector’s discretion and BC KUP consultancy; 50% discount on a BC KUP membership.
Course fee of 1-semester courses is 4,000,- CZK. A 5% discount is applied for students/employees/alumni of Palacký University (3,800,- CZK).
It includes: 16 ninety-minute lessons in a period from October 2020 to February 2021; a textbook; pre-test – preferably on January 9, 2021 but you can choose a different term from the offer; to take part in the pre-test you have to register extra at https://www.knihovna.upol.cz/pobocky/britske-centrum/#c16092; individual consulting according to the lector’s discretion and BC KUP consultancy; 50% discount on a BC KUP membership.
OUR SPECIAL OFFER: The CAE course on Thursday includes 120-min lessons instead of 90-min ones. In spite of this prolonged teaching time the course isn't more expensive.
Course fee of our Saturday courses (preparation for C1 Advanced) is 3,300,- CZK. A 5% discount is applied for students/employees/alumni of Palacký University (3,135,- CZK).
It includes: 10 ninety-minute lessons in a period from October 2020 to February 2021; a textbook; pre-test – preferably on January 9, 2021 but you can choose a different term from the offer; to take part in the pre-test you have to register extra at https://www.knihovna.upol.cz/pobocky/britske-centrum/#c16092; individual consulting according to the lector’s discretion and BC KUP consultancy; 50% discount on a BC KUP membership. Eight out of ten lessons in total are taught in our classroom, two are videoconference lessons (in Zoom environment). Participation in the course doesn't mean that you don't have any free Saturday from October to February :-) - the course lessons are taught approx. every second Saturday (according to the schedule given in advance). The course is intended for students who are heading for the C1 Advanced exam in February / March / April exam dates and need to practice the test format and strategies. This kind of course is appreciated mainly by students who are busy during the work days as well as students living outside of Olomouc, often in villages and towns situated in other regions.
The fee may be paid in cash at the British Centre or to the bank account no.19-1096330227/0100, VS = 999616011. Write name of the course participant into the space for the message to the recipient.
As a partner of the British Council we organize the Cambridge Exams, the world's best-known qualifications for learners of English. The exams cover all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and assess the candidates' ability to use a variety of structures and functions in authentic situations.
Applications and Certificates
For all exams you can register online here.
For institutions we offer the possibility of bulk registrations here. To get access to this portal you need to send an email request to email@example.com, inluding your company details (invoice details), contact name and contact email address.
Cambridge Exams PET, FCE and CAE are now available to be taken as a computer-based test. Other than the method of completing them, the exams are exactly the same, and they both lead to the same internationally recognised Cambridge ESOL certificate.
The ‘Extended Certification’ will give candidates additional credit for the language skills they have demonstrated and a clearer picture of how results relate to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). A candidate who performs particularly well in the exams can get credit at a higher level on the CEFR. For example, candidates who get grade A in ‘Cambridge English: First‘ receive a ‘FCE’ certificate indicating that they are at C1 level (instead of B2). Candidates can also receive credit for their English language skills, even if they do not achieve a passing grade. So a candidate who does not get enough marks for a grade C in ‘Cambridge English: Advanced‘ can still be awarded a certificate showing performance at level B2 if they show this level of ability in the exam.
The pre-test (i.e. a simulation of the internationally recognized Cambridge English Exams) corresponds by its form, organization, and timetable with a real paper based Cambridge Exam. It makes pretest participants familiarized with the exam format and stress. Additionally results available within 2 weeks after the pretest provide an important feed-back discovering prospective weaknesses. Focus on them specifically before taking the Cambridge Exam increases the chance to pass it.
The catalogue of the British Centre Library offers a unique collection of literature suitable for all individuals interested in improving English language and in English studying and/or teaching.
What We Offer
- course-books at all levels
- language courses on DVD
- fiction, readers, and talking books
- feature films
- songs and music on CDs, multimedia CD-ROMs
- Business English on all levels
- English for Special Purposes
- British Studies
- British magazines
- materials for Cambridge Exams
- materials for TOEFL Exams
- methodology books
- literature for English language teaching
- language tests on all levels with keys
If you have any suggestions or proposals, please contact us.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Established in 1934, British Council has offices in more than 100 countries worldwide. The British Council runs programmes in the arts, science, sport, governance and English language to increase appreciation of the UK's creative ideas and achievements and build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries.
The British Council also supports the British Centre in book ordering and provision of periodicals.
The British Council cooperates with ten regional partner libraries. The libraries have different status and standards regarding membership.
In the Library, you will find the latest ELTL materials thanks to co-operation with representatives of British publishers focused on English Language Teaching and Learning. We also have available British publishers’ catalogues and price lists for reference.
The list of publishers (with contacts)
British Council - Information on projects and services of our main partner
Language School UPLIFT - Language School of the Faculty od Arts, Palacký University
Cambridge English - Information on Cambridge Exams