Bindery, preservation

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Workshops of NSZL’s Restoration and Bindery Department take on the restoration, preservation and preparing for exhibition of art works and documents both for institutions and individuals, in the following fields:

  • Paper and parchment codices as well as incunabula;
  • Leather-, parchment-, paper- and canvas-bound books from the 16th to the 20th centuries;
  • Graphic art works (engravings, lithographs, prints, watercolors, drawings, costume and set designs, etc.);
  • Manuscripts, paper and parchment charters;
  • Manuscript and printed maps and other paper documents;
  • One-page prints (posters, playbills, various small prints) and old newspapers;
  • Coats-of-arms, emblazoned charters and genealogical trees;
  • Globes;
  • Photos and photo albums.

Restoration and Bindery Department also undertakes the following:

  • Examination of the state and material of paper-based documents and art works, with the complex evaluation of damages, definition of the causes of damages and the compilation of documentation illustrated with photos;
  • Examination, evaluation of paper-based collections and their storage facilities from the point of view of stock preservation; making of a stock-preservation plan;
  • Stock preservation-related counseling (e.g. in case of leaks, molds, building of exhibitions or when setting up a new restoration workshop); cost calculation for tenders related to stock preservation;
  • Book conservation on the site, in case of smaller, mainly private collections.

Inquiries and orders:
National Széchényi Library, Buda Royal Palace, Building ”F”
Restoration and Bindery Department, Head of Department Marianne Érdi
Phone: + 361 224 3897, E-mail: