Hungarian Digital Image Library

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Faragó, Géza: Tungsram,  graphic poster [around 1910]Hungarian Digital Image Library (Hungarian abbreviation: MDK) was launched in 2008-2009, with the direction of National Széchényi Library and by cooperation between 48 Hungarian libraries. MDK’s aim is to make well- and lesser-known images available, both within and beyond the borders of Hungary, to as many users as possible.

The image library’s scope of collection goes beyond the image material stored in National Széchényi Library. It also covers Hungarian or Hungary-related codices, local historical photo archives, postcards, posters and other image documents or documents provided in service as images (e.g. manuscripts) stored in various collections. When creating a representative selection, mainly educational, scientific and cultural aspects are the ones which dominate. Our special, ever expanding services make it possible to use and re-use these images in a highly creative way.

By way of collecting and servicing digital image material stored in libraries, users get an overall view of treasures to be found in different collections and they can use them freely for purposes such as learning and education or just simple for entertainment. For commercial use, a permit from the library, holding the given image or images, has to be asked for.

The use of the Hungarian Digital Image Library is supported by metasearch tool, which offers a rather versatile means of search in the image stocks of the many institutional partners taking part in the project within and outside Hungary.

Hungarian Digital Image Library website