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All knowledge in one place I. – Budapest libraries

Szádeczky-Kardoss Klára | 2022-10-18
In the age of the internet, and considering that our best friend for any information is Google, it might seem strange at first, but it's good to know that for more in-depth work and scientific knowledge, the library is still your best choice. So here's a round-up of the main libraries in Budapest and what you can use them for.

For a thorough thesis or a more detailed study, it’s essential to have the right, credible and even relevant sources, so it’s a good idea to have an overview of which libraries to choose from, which documents you can find digitally and which ones only on the spot. Librarians will help you with your research: they will provide you with a bibliographic reference for the topics you are interested in. 


In most libraries, you can read in the reading room, use databases and catalogs, use a computer, have wifi access for your own device and view audiovisual documents. You can also print, scan, photocopy and even laminate. Many libraries organise literature events and guided tours.

National Library of Foreign Literature

The National Library of Foreign Literature and Music Collection is a public library in Budapest with two specific functions: it collects documents on contemporary world literature, music and linguistics in the original language; and it is the coordinating centre for national minority libraries in Hungary. It operates as a department of the National Széchényi Library.


Digital library:

Telephone number: +36-1-318-3688

E-mail address:

 Address: 1056 Budapest, Molnár utca 11.

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sat-Sun: Closed

Library card prices:

Visit: free of charge

Day ticket: HUF 600

Annual ticket: HUF 3500 Ft (with discount: HUF 1750)

Half-yearly library ticket: HUF 2000

Research ticket: HUF 6 500

Their collections:

Main collections: contemporary and classical literature in original language and in Hungarian translation; linguistics and literature; music (classical music, folk music, jazz, world music), musicology; literature on minorities

Complementary collections: General works, arts, reference and summary works in the related social sciences and humanities, lexical works in other disciplines, databases, dictionaries.


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