Adopt a book

So far adopted books

Books recommended for adoption

Support the restoration of old Hungarian books of the ELTE University Library and Archives!

In 2023, we recommend the pieces of one of the most valuable collections of the University Library, the ‘Old Hungarian Prints Collection’ to adopt.

This collection of more than 3000 pieces contains the earliest works from the beginning of book printing to 1711 in Hungarian, by Hungarian authors or with Hungary as the location of print. Since these books play a very special role in the Hungarian cultural heritage, they are of priceless value for our country. Due to the almost continuous, extensive use, the collection is now in strongly need of restoration.

By supporting the restoration of the volumes, you can contribute to the survival of our national treasures!

How can I adopt a book?

If you wish to support, please contact us via and our staff will be pleased to assist you.

How can I choose a book?

We keep publishing lists of recommendations, but if you indicate your intention to adopt, our staff will be glad to help you choose the right volume for you.

I would like to support the preservation of old books, but I don't have a lot of money, what can I do?

You can express your support in any amount, regardless of the estimated cost of the restoration indicated. The chosen book will definitely be restored, the additional required amount will be provided by the Foundation for the University Library.

Could my adoption of a book be mentioned in any way?

With consent, we will include the name of the supporter in both the adopted book and the library's catalogue, thus preserving the generous support. Our donors are also welcome to be mentioned in our list of supporters.

Can books be adopted only by individuals?

In order to support the preservation of old Hungarian books, we also welcome private individuals, institutions and companies among our sponsors.

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