Special Collections Reading Rooms

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In line with Government Decree No. 484/2020 (XI. 10.), National Széchényi Library has suspended indefinitely its personally available public services as of Wednesday November 11, 2020. Please, note that many of our services are still available remotely (via email, online). Detailed information

The Manuscript Collection, Early Printed Books Archive, the Theater History and Music Collection, the Collection of Maps, Posters and Small Prints and the Historical Photo and Video Collection (previously called: Photo Collection and the Collection of Historical Interviews) will be reopened to readers as of July 14, 2020, in compliance with the epidemiological rules due to the coronavirus situation.

Dear Readers,
Hereby we inform you that the Reading Room of the Poster and Small Print Collection on Floor 5 has been closed due to current pandemic measures. As of September 22, 2020, readers will be served on Floor 6, in the Reading Room of the Theater History and Music Collections, during the usual opening hours of the Special Collections reading rooms. For research in the reading room, you should write to plakat[at]oszk.hu or dial +36 1 487 8623.​


  • On entering the Library, please, use the touch-free hand sanitizer equipment located at the main entrance at all times! During your entire stay in the Library building, it is recommended to wear a face mask. In the reading spaces, it is compulsory to wear a face mask. Please, bring a mask with you!


  • We can provide our readers with a research opportunity in the reading rooms of the Special Collections only after a preliminary reservation of a seat and date. In lack of a prior seat and date reservation, the reading rooms of NSZL’s Special Collections cannot be visited.


  • You can use only your own computer in the reading rooms of NSZL’s Special Collections. In line with epidemiological regulations, sharing of computers is forbidden.


Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Detailed information on the use of the reading rooms