Some parts of our collection are temporarily only accessible to a limited extent

We would like to inform our visitors that due to the ongoing storage cleaning work, the following periodical stock sections will be unavailable or only partially available from the 14th of February 2024 until the 14th of March 2024:

  • P20425-20812; 
  • P25590-26327;
  • P50000-50490;
  • P51000-51999;
  • P71000-71069;
  • P80000-80152;
  • P90002-90007;
  • P90010-90023;
  • P91000-91013.

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.

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ELTE University Library and Archives

1% – For the library

The mission of the ELTE University Library and Archives, which won the Hungarian Heritage Award and – as part of the University Library Service – the title of Qualified Library in 2018, as well as the EFQM “Committed to Excellence” certificate in 2020, is to provide Hungarian and foreign academic teachers, researchers and students with domestic and foreign literature, intending to integrate them into the international circulation of scientific life. Now, you can also help to ensure free access to information, to preserve and digitize our cultural values, and to acquire modern technological equipment and implement continuous service development. Please, support the Foundation for the University Library by offering 1% of your tax.

The Foundation for the University Library was established in 2005 to provide the technical modernization for the ELTE University Library and Archives and help expansing its services and protecting its holdings. The library's old book collection of more than one and a half million documents is part of the national cultural heritage and is also significant in Europe, so it is our shared responsibility to preserve these values ​​for the rising generation.

The non-profit organization, led by Dr. Péter Kiszl, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, significantly supports the library's value-saving activities. In order to restore the volumes of the collection, which requires special attention and constant preservation, the foundation has launched a book adoption program. In addition, it contributes to the organization of events promoting the values ​​and the professional work of the University Library and Archives, the publication of a wall calendar presenting the rarities of the library and the university’s cultural heritage, as well as the publication of the University Library Yearbooks and acquiring new technical equipment.

More information about the support possibilities of the Foundation for the University Library is available here.


Foundation for the University Library

H-1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.

Phone: +36 1 411 6738


Tax number: 18121362-1-41

Account number: 12010532-00120645-00100003

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Medieval codices from the University Library and Archives in Constantinople – The new library calendar is now available

On the occasion of the Hungarian–Turkish Cultural Year, the 2024 calendar of the ELTE University Library and Archives presents a selection of medieval codices, which arrived the library from Constantinople at the end of April 1877.

The pages of the calendar offer an insight into the diversity of our collections and cultural assets, selected from ten 13th–15th century codices. In late April 1877, 35 codices arrived in Budapest from Istanbul, via Vienna, in a wooden box on a train. The manuscripts, which, according to the scholarly view of the period, had been taken by the Ottoman troops from the famous library of King Matthias Corvinus to Constantinople as spoils of war at the siege of Buda, were the gifts from Sultan Abdul Hamid II to the Hungarian university students. The antecedent of the gift was a friendly gesture. In opposition to the weakening Ottoman Empire, the Austro–Hungarian Empire and the Russian Empire gradually drew closer together, and when the Russians occupied new parts of the Ottoman territories, sympathy demonstrations were held in Budapest in the autumn of 1876. Students of the Royal University had a sword made and presented to the Ottoman commander-in-chief. Among the codices gifted by the sultan and held in the University Library, 14 are considered today as certain Corvinas. The fact that their original bindings were removed and replaced by green, red, and white leather coverings in Istanbul makes their identification even more difficult. They  include  classic  literature,  Christian  philosophy,  medieval  surgery,  and  even  a  „contemporary”  piece,  Dante’s Divine  Comedy. An electronic version of the calendar is available here.

The representative wall calendar was published under the management of the Prime Minister’s Office, with the support of the National Cooperation Fund, the Bethlen Gábor Fund Management Ltd. and the Foundation for the University Library.

For information about the support options of the Foundation for the University Library, please, visit our website. More details about our book adoption program can be found here.



A kiadványt támogatta a Nemzeti Együttműködési Alap, a Bethlen Gábor Alapkezelő Zrt. és az Egyetemi Könyvtárért Alapítvány


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Christmas Opening Hours

The Library will be closed between the 23rd of December 2023 and the 1st of January 2024. Our library's services will be available from the 2nd of January 2024.

We wish all our dear readers a very merry Christmas and a successful New Year!

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Night at the library – During the end of study period and in the examination period, you are welcome to study until 22.00 hours

The ELTE University Library and Archives offers extended opening hours for readers and students on weekdays and Saturdays between the 4th of December 2023 and the 20th of January 2024 until 22.00 hours. Our training room will also be available, providing free computer access and learning opportunities.

Through our constantly expanding services, we aim to provide ELTE students with an efficient and effective learning opportunity, with the support of the Students' Union and in cooperation with the students.

The following services are available between 20.00 and 22.00 on weekdays and between 18.00 and 22.00 on Saturdays:

  • study and reading in the Reading Hall and free use of computers in the training room,
  • picking up books requested online during the day from the pickup locker,
  • return of books using the self-lending terminal and the book deposit box (Bibliobox),
  • self-service printing and photocopying using a pre-purchased card,
  • free self-service scanning.

During the extended opening hours, reception and general information is provided. The lobby, the Reading Hall and the training room are open to the public only with a pre-purchased library card.

Everyone is welcome and we wish all our students a successful semester and exam period!

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Second CHARM-EU Open Science Day

The CHARM-EU Open Science Day program will be held for the second time on October 26, 2023, which is a continuation of the first session. You can join the event in person in ELTE's Aula Magna (1053 Budapest, Egyetem tér 1–3.) or online via the Teams platform.

University/faculty leaders, representatives of partner universities, researchers, lecturers and PhD students of partner universities, employees of the Open Science offices, and participants of Pilot 2, Pilot 3 and Pilot 4 can register for the event.

The morning session will discuss how institutions can support researchers in relation to Open Science activities, and the afternoon session will provide researchers and staff with ready-to-use skills related to Open Access publishing.

The event is free, but prior registration is required. A detailed program description and registration is available on the Charm-EU website.

More news about the event


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