HNM Central Library

Services of the Library

Online catalogue for readers
We have started to build the online database of our library in April 2004. Currently we are working on the bibliographical data of the books and journal. Since the online database is not complete yet (it does not cover the whole stock of our library) some  documents can only be searched for in the traditional way, via a card catalogue.

You can reach our online database via the HunTéka integrated library system:
Bibliographical data can be downloaded from our database for free. For more details please check Open bibliographical data.

Catalogue of old and rare books
Old and rare books of our library can also be searched via the database of the Hungarian National Shared Catalogue – Old Prints (MOKKA-R).

On the spot
Our library is a scientific library open to the public. Anybody can use our services provided above the age of 18.
Admission to the library is free, however, registration is needed.
In order to make your registration, please bring one of your documents (with a photo) valid for identification (ID card, driving licence or passport) or a student card.

Borrowing and advance booking
Based on their uniqueness journals, handbooks and e-documents cannot be borrowed. Printed monographs can only be borrowed for a short period of time and in a small number of copies. For the public audience it is only possible to borrow 2 volumes (published after 1949) for 1 month (in exam periods: for 1 week with only one extension). Advance booking is possible in our library.

Information is available on how to use certain tools to discover the library, search in our database and most importantly, how to search for a specific data or make your individual research.

Internet access
Access is provided for computers and the Internet for free in our library. Please find a list of databases here accessible from our library via the Electronic Informationservice.

Electronic Informationservice National Programme (EISZ)
Computers connected to the internal network of the Hungarian National Museum can be used to reach the following databases/services in the framework of an agreement made with the Electronic Informationservice National Programme Office.
Academic Search Complete: 
Arcanum Digitális Tudománytár:
Akadémiai Kiadó Folyóiratai:
Akadémiai Kiadó szótárszervere:

NAVA (National Audiovisual Archive) Access Point
The services of the National Audiovisual Archive can be accessed from our library.

Information service
Should you need more information regarding the stock or rules of our library please do not hesitate to contact our colleagues in person, by phone or via e-mail.