The University Library is open on Saturday

We are pleased to inform you that from the 30th of April 2022, we will offer reading and study opportunities in the Main Reading Room on Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

The following services will be available at the Information Desk on the ground floor:

  • registration and membership renewal
  • book return
  • loan extension
  • borrowing and on-site use of prepared books (for requests made till 7.30 pm on Fridays).

For more information, please contact us at the following contact details:

On Saturdays, you can also visit our Eötvös Exhibition, for more information, please visit the exhibition registration page.

All visitors are welcome!

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ELTE ULA (Photo made by Ágnes Ágai)

Successful Night of Museums at the ELTE University Library and Archives

According to our tradition, this year we joined the Night of Museums series of events, which included craft activities, concerts, guided tours, restoration workshops and an exhibition of books on medicine. 

The programme opened with a concert by the ELTE „Eötvös” Art Ensemble String Quartet in the Aula, featuring works by Mozart, Grieg, Debussy, Elgar, Fauré and Delibes.

Through our building tours, visitors were given an insight into the history of the library and the rooms of the historic building. They were also able to learn about the restoration process, our museum collection, the life and work of Loránd Eötvös and create unique hardcover books. During our events, István Ádám gave guitar concerts in the lobby, introducing our guests to the mysteries of music literature.

This year's events also included a presentation of the Perczel Globe. Dr. László Zentai, Vice-Rector for Education and Academic Affairs of Eötvös Loránd University, gave a lecture on the history of the globe.

The exhibition entitled „Fu magh kit az patikaba ugian sesamusnak hinak”, a collection of our books on medicine, was opened and can be visited by appointment on weekdays at

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Milán Dénes

Awareness-raising training – Supporting students with special needs

On the 7th of June 2022, an awareness-raising training for ELTE librarians was successfully organized by the Accessible Library Working Group of the University Library Service K21 Quality Management Coordination Committee at the Ecseri Road building of the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Education.

The presentations, held by the staff of the ELTE Special Student Affairs Support Office and Borbála Franyó (librarian of ELTE), focused mainly on the library needs of students with different special needs. The presentations were followed by joint discussions, exchange of experiences, sharing of good practices and the possibility to try out support tools. Feedback from staff indicated that the training was very useful. 

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Publication at Wiley – Changes in Wiley’s Journals Open Access Status

Some of Wiley’s hybrid journals will continue to operate as Gold Open Access journals from 2023. The list of transitioning journals is available on Wiley’s website. This transition has an effect on the existing Read and Publish agreement with Wiley. Although they will become Gold Open Access journals from January 2023, new submissions to the journal will be considered under the new Gold Open Access journal model from 2022 onwards. All documents submitted from the indicated month will be open access, closed publication cannot be requested.

The EISZ agreement will, of course, also cover these APCs (to the extent available).

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Reporting Day K21 – Results in the light of quality improvement

The first quarterly report of the K21 Quality Management Coordination Committee took place in a meeting. Working group leaders reported on the results and changes of the last quarter.

The K21 Quality Management Coordination Committee thanked Judit Szabó, Quality Manager of the Library of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of ELTE, on the occasion of her retirement for her exemplary work.

In order to prepare the new strategy of the University Library Service (ULS), the Committee has set up analysis groups, in which members are involved in the implementation of tasks along specific themes. The evaluation of the Quality Improvement Report and the Non-Compliant Services reports is ongoing.

The Library Users' Guide on our services for students with special needs has been added to the EDIT repository, and a discussion on the Marrakesh agreement is on the agenda.

The Primary Research Working Group has assisted in the review and standardisation of the satisfaction questionnaires related to the user training of the ELTE-libraries.  In collaboration with the ELTE Quality Office, the student needs and satisfaction survey was reviewed.

The process management working group is working intensively on the aggregation of the process audits, the revision of the data sheets, the process management form and the guidelines for completion.

A short summary film entitled 3 months – 3 minutes was sent out on the results achieved by the working groups. Our Kolibri mailing list was used to keep our staff informed about the latest information and community programmes. In the spring, ELTE librarians were invited to visit the Silent book exhibition in the frame of our Library Café.

We sent information about the University Library Service’s annual report to the university management, deans, vice-deans and faculty library leaders. We have reported on our achievements, service improvements and events on our website and social media platforms.

Work is underway to collect and organise materials for the development of a „Virtual Green Library”. Library managers have prepared work plans, disseminations and statistical reports. They unanimously adopted the reports of the Coordination Committees, as well as the Document Organisation Project Report. The RFID purchases planned for 2022, further additions to the WebApp and the archiving of theses were discussed.

We will announce the latest developments and results on our website soon with the latest news.



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The exhibitions of the ELTE Museum of Natural History celebrated their 20th anniversary

The ELTE Museum of Natural History celebrated the 20th anniversary of its exhibitions on the 17th of June 2022. On the occasion of the jubilee, a festive toast was given by university leaders, as well as former and current staff members of the museum.

The ceremony opened with a tour of the cultural treasures in the collections. Some special artefacts were on display, including the skull of Béla Macsói, a prince of the House of Árpád, which was discovered in 1915 during the excavation of the Margaret Monastery on Margaret Island in Budapest. The wounds on his bones suggest that the prince was the victim of a crime of particular cruelty. The 100-year-old rare book of the Mathematics Collection, the collection of mathematical problems for the Matriculation Examination published in 1893, and the Pallasite meteorite from space, which came to our University in 1781 with the mineral collection of Archduchess Maria Theresa's eldest daughter, Archduchess Anna Maria, laid the foundations for our current mineral and rock collection.

The Rector of Eötvös Loránd University, Dr. László Borhy, emphasised the importance of preserving and enriching this unique collection, while expressing his thanks and appreciation for the dedication and exemplary work of the museum staff. Dr. Erzsébet Harman-Tóth, Director of the museum, considers the institution as the leaven of the university community, which is uniquely able to combine the scientific and educational activities of the university.

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ELTE Museum of Natural History

In the service of the library – Accomplishments of the University Library Foundation in 2021

The University Library and Archives of Eötvös Loránd University continued to receive significant support from the Foundation for the University Library in 2021, with funds raised from various tenders, charitable donations and a percentage of personal income tax donations to help the continuous development of services.

Some of the events planned for 2021 were unavoidably cancelled due to the pandemic. A series of autumn events, including the Researchers' Night and the Autumn Festival of Museums, have already taken place, making our museum documents, scientific collections and cultural assets available to a wide range of people, in the spirit of public education, public use of our collections and awareness-raising.

A particular success was the Cultural Heritage Days, held on the 18th of September 2021, featured a calligraphy workshop, book presentations, guided tours of our Eötvös exhibition, guided visits to our restoration workshop, library tours, craft activities, presentation of the Dante Codex, concerts by the Korossy Quartet, a group of students from the Budapest Festival Academy, and by the Duo-Perpetual. During the festive book adoption ceremony, a speech was given by our book-adopter, Pascale Andréani, Ambassador of the French Republic to Hungary. The event was supported by the Foundation, the "Thank you, Hungary!" programme and the Municipality of Belváros-Lipótváros, Budapest V. district.

The amount won by the Belváros-Lipótváros Municipality of Budapest's 5th district was used to purchase the restoration and binding materials – ingres cardboard, photo cardboard, mondial canvas – necessary for the conservation of the collection.

The Bethlen Gábor Fund Management Ltd. National Cooperation Fund, has contributed to the competent management and efficient running of the Foundation's day-to-day affairs. The grant also helped to finance the Foundation's administrative tasks and travel expenses for administrative meetings.

With the proceeds of the grant, the Foundation supported the production of a representative annual wall calendar for the University Library, which presents some of the outstanding tangible cultural heritage of Eötvös Loránd University. The grant also helped to replace the specialised restoration chairs needed for conservation and restoration work, as well as the old work tables in the restoration workshop, which were in poor condition. The grant has enabled further technical improvements to be made, the purchase of a roll-up and a lectern to promote our institution, as well as the expansion of our comfort and protocol services.

The University Library Foundation provides significant support for the library's conservation activities. You can now contribute to the preservation of our cultural heritage, digitisation, free access to information, the acquisition of modern technology and the continuous improvement of our services. For more information on funding opportunities, please visit our website.

Foundation for the University Library

  • 1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.
  • (+36 1) 411-6738
  • E-mail:
  • Tax number: 18121362-1-41
  • Account number: 12010532-00120645-00100003


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Mosaics from the heritage of ELTE – June 2022

Object of the month – Aureus of Nero 

The coin was minted by the infamous emperor Nero (54–68 AD), the last member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. It was under his rule in 64 AD that two thirds of Rome were engulfed by the flames burning for 9 days.

The reconstruction of the city, the military campaigns in the East and the extravagant lifestyle of the emperor were all extremely costly, therefore Nero turned to a drastic, but well-known measure. He decreased the weight of the gold coin by 2% to 1/96 Roman pound (7.39 g) and the weight of the denarius to 1/45 pound (3.4 g), as well as its silver content to 93.5%. The aureus in the Coin Cabinet of the Eötvös Loránd University was minted after the monetary reform according to the new, reduced standard. This monetary measure was also mentioned by the contemporary Pliny the Elder, who met his fate at another infamous event, the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Néro császár arany pénzérméjének hátoldala

Written by: Dr. Lajos Juhász

ELTE Institute of Archaeological Sciences

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ELTE Numismatic Collection

Visit of Israeli delegation

On the 2nd of June 2022, the ELTE University Library and Archives hosted an Israeli delegation from the Libraries and Information System of Bar-Ilan University, in cooperation with the Head of the Library of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

In line with Eötvös Loránd University's strategic goal of internationalisation, our institution is committed to international exchange, sharing of good practices and continuous service improvement to increase library users' satisfaction.

The series of programmes organised for the Israeli delegation was joined by Polish staff visiting our library in the frame of Erasmus+ Programme. The international exchange included a guided tour of the library, a restoration workshop and book presentation of our relevant museum pieces, a presentation of our library services, databases, EDIT-repository and service developments.  

Members of the Israeli and Polish delegations also gave presentations on their library services, innovative ideas and solutions, as well as on the management of the epidemic situation. The round table discussion also included a joint exchange of views. The institutional partners participating in the programme are also open to probable further cooperation.

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„Behind the scenes” – Guided Tour in the Restoration Workshop

On the Night of Museums we open our restoration workshop to get an insight into the work of restorers.

Behind the scenes you can learn about preserving our valuable documents and experience how a sewing frame can be used in bookbinding. All visitors are welcome! For more information, please visit our website or the Night of Museums’ homepage. You have also the opportunity to support the University Library and Archives through our Adopt a Book program!


Guided Tour in the Restoration Workshop:

University Library and Archives, Eötvös Loránd University

1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.


25/06/2022, Saturday – 19:30–20:00

25/06/2022, Saturday – 20:30–21:00

25/06/2022, Saturday – 21:30–22:00

25/06/2022, Saturday – 22:30–23:00

25/06/2022, Saturday – 23:30–24:00


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