Main Libraries in Budapest
Országos Széchényi Könyvtár
Located in the Buda Castle, the National Széchényi Library (Országos Széchényi Könyvtár, OSZK) is Hungary's largest library, whose Hungarica section stores practically all the books and documents published in Hungary, as well as publications relating to Hungary or to Hungarian authors published abroad. Besides its vast collection of print material, OSZK boasts numerous online services ranging from the online reference desk Libinfo to searchable databases and full electronic versions of literary works.
Address: 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2., Budavár Palace, Building F.
Budapesti Szabó Ervin Könyvtár
Founded in 1904, the Budapest Ervin Szabó Library (Fővárosi Szabó Ervin Könyvtár, FSZEK) and its 60 member institutions have been serving hundreds of thousands of the capital's residents. The central building, located in the Wenckheim palace just off Kálvin tér, receives more than 5000 visitors a day, and is equipped with 160 computer terminals, an internet room and a café.
Address: 1088 Budapest, Szabó Ervin tér 1.
Akadémiai Könyvtár, the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, is dedicated to support scientific and scholarly research. It specialises in literature, classical and Oriental studies, as well as social science and the history of science.
Address: 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 1.
Enter the sumptuous Houses of Parliament via gate 25, submit to the search by members of the Republic's Security Guards, and peruse the same books Hungarian MPs have consulted since the mid-19th century. Open to the general public by a 1952 government decree, the Library of the Parliament boasts 800,000 items, 6000 of which are located on open shelves.
Address: 1055 Budapest, Kossuth tér 1-3.
Originally the small book collection of a 16th-century Jesuit college, the University Library of Eötvös Loránd University now has 1.5 million volumes and 16,000 registered visitors. Its current building in central Pest was built in the late 19th century and beautifully renovated in 1999.
Address: 1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.