The Cultural Heritage Day in the ELTE University Library and Archives was a great success

The library intended to draw attention to the protection of our cultural values ​​and the preservation of our built heritage with our event organized in the University Library and Archives of Eötvös Loránd University within the framework of this year's Cultural Heritage Days.

On the 550th anniversary of Janus Pannonius’s death, the Gospel Book of the poet and bishop was presented. The parchment codex (Cod. Graec. 1) is a special treasure of our library from the 11th century, probably copied in Constantinople. The codex is decorated with full-page illustrations of the Gospel, depicting the different stages of the work, the one of John was probably lost in the 16th century.  Our related chamber exhibition entitled Janus Pannonius from Humanism to the Baroque – A selection from the collection of the University Library and Archives is on display until the 11th of November 2022, from 10.00 to 15.00 on weekdays. Registration is possible at

Kata Borsos' violin concert in the Aula was the opening concert of our programme. Through our building tours, our visitors gained an insight into the history of the library and the halls of its monumental building, got acquainted with the restoration process, our museum collection and the life of Loránd Eötvös, joined our Petőfi quiz, as well as made unique hardcover craft booklets. During our events, calligrapher Dezső Buzogány gave a presentation in the hall, introducing our guests to the art of pen and beautiful handwriting.

In the framework of the event, we also opened our exhibition entitled Book, Robe, Science – Symbols from the Past of Eötvös Loránd University.

We closed our programme series with a concert by the Coquette duo. Hedda Gál (vocals) and Zsolt Horváth (guitar) performed a selection of songs from the jazz divas.

The event was implemented with the support of the Municipality of Budapest, District V, Belváros–Lipótváros, the Foundation for the University Library and the “Thank you, Hungary!” project.

The Autumn Festival of Museums between the 3rd of October and the 11th of November 2022 also offers a variety of our programmes. All visitors are welcome in our library!

Source/author of illustration:
ELTE ULA; Photo: Milán Dénes