Hungarian Archives and Libraries

Includes links to various repositories. The United States' Library of Congress catalog may be consulted at

Hungarian Libraries

Budapest City Archives - Some of the earliest documents here date about 1300. Unfortunately, during World War II one quarter of the whole archive was burnt. The good news was that most of the collection had been taken to the crypt of St. Steven's Cathedral. Most of this material remained for decades in the damp crypt and became infected with fungus. The last documents were brought out of the cathedral only in 1991. This website tells about the history of the archives and explains its holdings.

HUNOPAC. Library Information in Hungary - HUNOPAC (in Hungarian). Links to websites and catalogs of various Hungarian libraries, including electronic libraries and the National Széchényi Library. 

Országos Széchényi Könyvtár - The National Library of Hungary site, which includes information about the library, its holdings and services. There are several online exhibits and links to other resources.

Magyar Elektronikus Könyvtár (MEK) - A large text-archives of the Hungarian Internet and digital library. It has thousands of full-text works in the humanities and social sciences. Note that most of the text is in Hungarian, however..

Corvinus Library - Texts about Hungarian history that are published in the United States and in English. There are some titles translated from Hungarian.

Electronic Libraries in Hungary - Links to nine major collections in Hungary.

Major Resources Outside of Hungary

Hungarian Collections at the British Library - This website lists the holdings of its Hungarian Collections, with examples.

Hungarian Collections at the Library of Congress - This website provides highlights of the Hungarian collections at the Library of Congress. The number of works on Hungary and Hungarians or by Hungarian authors numbers over 160,000 items, including 120 newspapers. The Hungarian collection exchanges material with the National Széchényi Library, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and other major Hungarian educational and cultural institutions.


Hungarian National Archives - Provides a description of holdings, several online databases, advice for genealogists, and contact information. In Hungarian, English, and German.

Budapest Municipal Archives - A brief description of the collections plus a short history of the archives. In English, Hungarian, and German.

Open Society Archives - The collections and activities of the Open Society Archives (OSA) and Research Center relate to the period after the Second World War, mainly the Cold War, and includes material related to the history of the formerly communist countries, human rights, and war crimes.

Books - Links to dealers and stores for new and antiquarian books, E-books. Also organized by subject. In Hungarian.

The Association of Hungarian Book Publishers and Distributors - Site describes the activities and membership of this association. Useful for finding contact information for individual publishers. In English and Hungarian.


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