Opening hours

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Special opening hours in 2023


Building Reading Rooms
15 March (Wednesday) Open (Open Day) Closed
7–10 April (Friday–Monday) Closed Closed
1 May (Monday) Closed Closed
29 May (Monday) Closed Closed
24 June (Saturday) Open (Night of Museums) Open
20 August (Sunday) Open (Open Day) Closed
16 September (Saturday) Open (European Heritage Days) Open
17 September (Sunday) Open (European Heritage Days) Closed
23 October (Monday) Closed Closed
1 November (Wednesday) Closed Closed

25–26 December (Monday–Tuesday)

Closed Closed



Registering for a Reader Pass:

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 10.00–17.00
  • Friday and Saturday: 9.00–18.00


Reading Rooms of the General Collection:

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 10.00–18.00
  • Friday and Saturday: 9.00–19.00

Repository requests can be submitted: from Tuesday to Thursday and on Saturday until 17.00, on Friday until 18.00 Reading Room of the


Special Collections:

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 10.00–18.00
  • Friday and Saturday: 9.00–19.00

Requests for documents belonging to the Special Collections can be submitted until 16.30 the day before your planned visit during weekdays and for Saturday until 13.00 on Friday.


Historical Photo and Video Collection:

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 10.00–18.00
  • Friday: 9.00–19.00


Library of Book History, Library and Information Science:

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 10.00–18.00
  • Friday: 9.00–19.00



  • Tuesday–Saturday: 10.00–18.00
    Last entry:
    Tuesday–Thursday: 17.00
    Friday–Saturday: 18.00



Bookshop – Infopoint:

  • Tuesday–Saturday: 10.00–17.00



  • Tuesday–Saturday: 8.00–17.00



National Library of Foreign Literature:

The reading room and open shelf rooms of the National Library of Foreign Literature will be closed from 2 November 2023 until the end of April 2024, but our lending services will be available at the registration desk during the following times:

  • Monday–Tuesday, Thursday–Friday: 9.30–15.30
  • Wednesday: 12.30–19.30

Please note that the first 24/7 book return and lending machine in Budapest is located in the lobby of the National Library of Foreign Literature is operating during the irregular opening hours.