Summer opening hours

Between the 29th of July and the 31st of August 2024, our library and the Eötvös Exhibition will be closed.

Please note that books can be borrowed from the 4th of July 2024 with an expiry date in September 2024, but if the loan expires before the 29th of July 2024, the closing period will be included in the calculation of the overdue fee.

During the closing period, you can return documents in person on working days between 9.00 and 16.00 using the self-lending terminal and book deposit box (Bibliobox) in the lobby or by post (1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.). The return of the documents will be recorded in the system on the working day and any overdue fees can be settled after the summer break.

From the 2nd of September 2024 we will be open as usual.

We wish all our readers pleasant summer and great holidays!

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Night of Museums at the ELTE University Library and Archives

According to our tradition, we will join the Night of Museums on the 22th of June 2024. From 3 p.m. in the afternoon until midnight, our library welcomes all visitors with craft activities, concerts, guided tours, restoration workshops and Copernicus Memorial Exhibition.

Our bookbinding and calligraphy workshop is open for children and adults from 15.00 this year.

Our evening programmes open at 6 p.m. with a concert by the ELTE Eötvös Art Ensemble String Quartet.

On our Hungarian and English library tours, visitors can learn about the history of the library palace and the Perczel Globe, and take a look behind the scenes at our historic library. Guided by our restorer, you can gain an insight into paper-casting and bookbinding techniques, along with the process of book disinfection.

We invite you to visit the exhibition „The man who moved the Earth out of its place” – Copernicus Memorial Exhibition.

The night will be enriched by the string quartet of the ELTE Art Ensemble at 18.00 and the „More than Klezmer on the Night of Museums” – Sabbathsong Klezmer Band at 20.30.

Guests will be able to colour in their own bookmarks, take part in our Copernicus quiz for small prizes and build our library palace and reassemble fragments of our codex pages with our library puzzle.

The doors of the Eötvös Exhibition will also be open, where you can learn about the life and work of Loránd Eötvös through our interactive tools and the instruments of the researcher.

For more information, please visit our website or the Night of Museums’ homepage.

All visitors are welcome!

Photo, audio and video recordings will be made of the events. The recordings will be published on the websites, publications, forums and social media of the participating institutions.

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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 6th of May 2024 and the 15th of June 2024 until 22.00 hours. Our new community space offers the opportunity to learn, relax, use kitchen facilities and free computer access.

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 kitchen utensils and computers in the ground floor community 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 community space 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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Opening of our new community space

The ELTE University Library and Archives is pleased to invite you to the opening ceremony of its new student community space and the presentation of the book the Dniester Mermaid on the 25th of April 2024 from 13.00.

The Book of Your Life intercultural inclusion project and the limited edition facsimile of the Dniester Mermaid (Русалка Дністровая), a Hungarian-related Ukrainian book rarity and accompanying textbook, will be presented at the event.

Originally published in 1837 by the Royal University Press, the Rusalka Dnyistrovaja (Dniester Mermaid) almanac was published in a facsimile edition by the Eötvös Loránd University and the University Library and Archives. This adventurous little book became not only the first publication in Galicia written in the vernacular, but also the basis for the national revival of the western Ukrainian regions in the 19th century.

In the newly inaugurated community space an exhibition of photographs by James Clifford Viloria, PhD student (ELTE TTK Doctoral School of Earth Sciences), entitled Liminal Quarters, is also on display.

A detailed programme is available here.

All visitors are welcome!

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Sustainability Week – Green Library programmes

In the framework of the Sustainability Week, we welcome elementary and secondary school groups to visit the ELTE University Library and Archives for green library presentations.


Restoration workshop on sustainability

Our conservator will give you a taste of paper-casting and bookbinding techniques. Learn about the process of book disinfection and old bookbinding techniques. The aim of the restoration work is to preserve the historical and aesthetic value of our museum collection, using natural materials, and to extend its life by means of various restoration procedures and preventive conservation techniques.


24 April 2024 10.00-10.30

24 April 2024 14.00-14.30

25 April 2024 10.00-10.30

25 April 2024 14.00-14.30


Library history guided tours

Library tours provide information about the history of the ELTE University Library and Archives. The library palace, designed by Antal Szkalnitzky, was built using state-of-the-art ventilation, heating and lighting solutions of the 19th century. The library tour includes sgraffiti in the colonnade of the lobby, female figures of science and art in the main hall, and a portrait of Mór Than by the middle-aged Franz Joseph. Visitors can tour the rooms of the former Director General's residence, admire the reconstruction of the László Perczel globe and visit our Historical Warehouse, which is open to the public on special occasions.


24 April 2024 10.30-11.00

24 April 2024 14.30-15.00

25 April 2024 10.30-11.00

25 April 2024 14.30-15.00


Sustainable development and libraries

Our Green Library presentation reveals what a library can do to achieve the sustainable development goals.


24 April 2024 11.00-11.30

24 April 2024 15.00-15.30

25 April 2024 11.00-11.30

25 April 2024 15.00-15.30


More details are available on the Sustainability Week website and here.

All visitors are welcome!


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Wishing You a Blessed and Happy Easter!

During the Easter holidays, between the 29th of March and the 1st of April 2024, the ELTE University Library and Archives is closed.

From the 2nd of April 2024, we are open with our full range of services.

We wish you a happy and blessed Easter! 





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Holiday opening hours

The ELTE University Library and Archives will be closed on the 15th of March 2024 (Friday) and on the 16th of March 2024 (Saturday) on the occasion of the national holiday.

From Wednesday (from the 18th of March 2024) we are waiting for our readers according to the usual opening hours.

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