University Library Service
ELTE university library service (uls)
The library network maintained by the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) has altogether about 3.6 million documents. The University Library Service (ULS), the ELTE library network was formed in 2009 and consists of more than 50 faculty, institute, department, dormitory, and school libraries. ULS was awarded the title ’Qualified Library’ in 2018, and its governing body is the Library Council. The collections of libraries are accessible via the electronic catalogue. Libraries have regulations of their own, thus their opening hours and services may be different.
- Portal – The portal of the University Library Service (ULS), the network based on the cooperation of libraries working under the umbrella of the University, offers full-scale information about some 50 collections.
- Online catalogue – The online catalogue covers the collections of the member libraries of ULS, including books, journals, special and electronic documents, dissertations – nearly 1.5 items in all.
- Subscribed and test databases
- Accessing network from home
- User training
- Digital repository (EDIT)
- MTMT Coordination
ELTE university library and archives
The University Library and Archives of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), honoured with the Hungarian Heritage Award in 2018, is a scholarly institution enhancing education, teaching, and research at the Eötvös Loránd University. It is a special library open to the public, and at the same time the centre of the network of libraries belonging to the University, managing the IT background of library services. It is coordinating shared cataloguing and database building, the development of online services, and supports cooperation by counselling, and internal training. The predecessor of the University Library, the library of the Jesuit college of Nagyszombat, was founded in 1561 by Miklós Oláh, the archbishop of Esztergom. It has become a university collection in 1635 when Péter Pázmány was the archbishop of Esztergom, who founded the University of Nagyszombat. You may find further information on the history of the library here.
With its nearly 2 million documents the University Library has become the third largest library of the capital. Until 1949 its collection interest covered works from all disciplines taught at the university, later it was limited to
- medieval and early modern world history,
- religion and history of religion.
Since then the library has nation-wide responsibility for the collection of publications in these fields.
Furthermore the library collects and stores
- theses defended at ELTE,
- documents about the history of the university,
- outstanding pieces of Hungarian and world literature,
- all sorts of reference works, hand-books, dictionaries, scholarly works in Hungarian or in several foreign languages needed for research.
The old book collection of the library is a part of the National Cultural Heritage of Hungary, and is acknowledged all over Europe. The collection includes
- 185 codices (14 of them from Bibliotheca Corviniana),
- 1,200 incunabula,
- 11,000 volumes from the 16th,
- 15,000 volumes from the baroque times and 75,000 from the 18th century
There are several early Hungarian language relics, medieval charters, guilds’ letters of patent, autograph manuscripts of outstanding persons, engravings, and maps in the manuscript and rarity collection.
- Online catalogue – The collection of the University Library, acquired since 1996 is searchable in the online catalogue.
- Digitized card catalogue – alapkatalogus.elte.hu - The old card catalogue of the University Library, covering the book collection from the foundation of the library till 1995.
- Registration – It is free of charge for the staff and students of ELTE and of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University and for secondary school students.
- In house reading
- Reprography: Self-service printing and copying is available for our readers in the journal reading room. It is also possible – if copyright regulations allow – to order a digital or paper copy, or a printout of documents personally or by means of this form. You can also make digital pictures with your own camera after buying a photo ticket.
- Computer use
- Borrowing: Of our nearly 200000 books for loan, readers having a half-year or full-year library card may borrow 10 documents at a time for 3 weeks which can be renewed twice – also self-service through the OPAC. An e-mail reminder is sent two days before the end of the loan period.
- Book reservation
- Electronic application form
- Online renewal
- Special request (recommendation of books for acquisition)
- Interlibrary services
- Services for the disabled: Special services are available for disabled readers (such as Braille printer, screen reader, sign language interpreting, borrowing by a representative).
Director general: Katalin Kálóczi
Address: H-1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6. Hungary
Phone: (+36 1) 411-6500/3415
Media: Facebook – Instagram - Twitter
Opening hours: Monday–Friday 09:00–20:00
Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org (+36 1) 411-6500/3415
Borrowing: email@example.com (+36 1) 411-6500/3411, 3417
Interlibrary lending: firstname.lastname@example.org (+36 1) 411-6500/3411, 3417
Information service: email@example.com (+36 1) 411-6500/3411, 3417
The University Archives has three functions:
- It collects and preserves the historic documents and museum objects of the Eötvös Loránd University as well as the legacy of late professors. Today there are about two thousand shelf running meters of records, including 30 legacies.
- The records are made available for historical research, and serve as bases of certification for private persons and official organizations (certification of studies).
- It conducts research on the history of the university, higher education, and the history of sciences, and publishes its findings in studies, monographs, source publications, and databases. So far approximately 60 volumes in four series have been published by the Archives.
There are many valuable records in the collection of the Archives such as the charter of foundation issued by Péter Pázmány in 1635, or the new deed of foundation by Maria Theresa from 1780 that has determined the organization and operation of the university for a long time; or the more than one hundred charters and codex fragments from before 1526, the battle of Mohács. The Archives also gathers museum objects, and images related to the history of the University.
It is possible to research the archival material in the research room of the Archives. Anybody may do research in the topic given in the submitted research application form, in which the regulations regarding research are also accepted, if access to the material intended for research is not limited. Information is provided on the methods of research in the Research Regulations in the research rooms, and by archivists serving researchers respectively.
- Peregrination database
- Old curricula and schedules (1785-1885)
- Academic institutions in Hungary (1580-1918)
Head: Krisztina Tóth, PhD, head of Archives
Address: H-1106 Budapest, Maglódi út 8. Hungary
Opening hours: Tuesday–Wednesday–Thursday 09:00–16:00
SAVARIA library and archives
The library, founded in 1959 and a member of the ELTE library network since 2017, was awarded the title ‘Library of the Year’ in 2007, and became a ‘Qualified Library’ in 2014. Connected to the Savaria Centre of Regional Pedagogical Services and Research, it is available to the teachers of the region, while as a public library it is also available for the interested population of the town and county, and aids them in the process of lifelong learning.
Catalogue - hat.sek.nyme.hu
Parts of the collection of regional significance are especially important:
- the Austrian Library, consisting of 7000 volumes that serve as one of the most important pillars of the teaching of German;
- the Regional Centre and Library for Teachers of English, founded by the British Council;
- the European Documentation Centre founded in 1997.
Special collections, serving research are also important:
- Devecseri Gábor Library offering the bequest of the writer and translator for research;
- Hadrovics László Library consisting of 1900 volumes in Slavic Philology that belonged to the linguist, Member of the Academy
Training and learning support
- Video service sek.videotorium.hu
- Plagiarism detection
- Collection of theses
- Individual and group training
- E-learning support
Head of library: Csaba Csuk
Address: H-9700 Szombathely, Károlyi Gáspár tér 4. Hungary
Phone: +36 94 504-393
Opening hours: Monday 10:00 – 17:00, Tuesday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00