Settlement of library debts

In order to increase the efficiency of library services, according to Article 137/A of the Student Requirements Regulation, effective from the 1 st of October 2022, the condition for taking endof-semester examinations and registering for the next semester is the payment of the library overdue fee in the libraries of the University Library Service. Final examinations may only be taken after the return of borrowed books by the deadline and the payment of library debts.

We hope that the modification of the Student Requirements System will contribute to a more efficient service of our libraries and of the required and recommended literature.

You can check your borrowings and outstanding debt by using the access link here.

Borrowed library documents can also be returned to the libraries by personal delivery or by post. For information on the opening hours and addresses of ELTE libraries, please visit the websites at For more information on settling overdue fees by bank transfer, please, click here.

Several convenience services are available for monitoring loan periods and overdue fees: 

  • a reminder e-mail is sent two days before the loan deadline;
  • by logging in to ELTEfind, you can review your outstanding debts and library loans;
  • using the latest ELTE Library WebApp, all our readers can view their loans, overdue fees and set up their own personal notifications of the expiry date on their smartphones.

All of our member libraries offer multiple options (in person, email, phone, web, app) to indicate a renewal request and pay an overdue fee, helping to avoid overdue loans and increased late fees.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

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Temporary change in access to our services on the 26th of September 2022

For technical reasons, the smaller reading rooms of the library will be closed until 16.00 on the 26th of September 2022.

On-site use will be offered in the Reading Hall and the services of the lending desk (borrowing, book return, registration, purchase of printer and photocopier cards) will be available at the information desk on the ground floor.

After 16.00, our readers will be able to enjoy the full range of services as usual.

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ELTE ULS, Photo: Ádám Leéb

Temporary closure

Due to maintenance work on the integrated library system, the ELTE University Library and Archives and the Eötvös Exhibition will be closed on Saturday, on the 10th of September 2022. From Monday, from the 12th of September 2022, we will be open again with the usual opening hours and services.

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New community space for our readers

At the start of the autumn semester, we are opening our doors with a new community space. The round room in the Journal Reading Room welcomes you with armchairs and sofas, bean bags, laptop tables and cushions.

The community space is suitable for studying, relaxing, resting, learning together and playing board games. We are constantly expanding our amenities and wish our visitors a pleasant and useful stay!

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Cultural Heritage Days – Treasures enclosed in pages

On Saturday, the 17th of September 2022, as part of the Cultural Heritage Days, we will open our library doors to the public again.

We would like to draw attention to the protection of our cultural heritage, with a wide range of activities for all ages, including library tours, calligraphic and bookbinding craft programs, presentation of our restorer workshop and old books, interactive Eötvös exhibition, university history display, violin and Coquette duo concerts.

As part of this year's programme, the Gospel Book of Janus Pannonius and our chamber exhibition will also be presented. For a detailed programme, please, visit our homepage or the official website of the Cultural Heritage Days. All visitors are welcome!

The event is supported by the Belváros-Lipótváros Municipality of the 5th district of Budapest and the University Library Foundation.

Photo, audio and video recordings will be made of the events. The recordings will be published on the websites, publications, forums and social media of the participating institutions.

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ELTE ULS; Photo: Ágnes Ágai

More museum books were processed at ELTE Trefort High School

At the beginning of the year 2022, the librarians of ELTE Trefort Ágoston High School asked for help in the cataloguing of the school library’s rare and old books. In 2022, two librarians from the University Library, Júlia Rédey-Keresztény and Márk Vrabély processed these books, and now these are accessible in the online catalogue of the library.

The collection, which contains 288 volumes, is a unique treasure of our nation. The collection contains textbooks and reference works used in primary education from the 16th until the 19th century. Several donators are named in these volumes, e.g. Béla Finy (1856–1910), and former teachers of the institution: Gábor Szarvas (1832–1895) and Dezső Vértesy (1881–1917).

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ELTE Trefort Ágoston High School, Library

Book, gown, science – Symbols from the past of Eötvös Loránd University

On the 17th of September 2022, as part of the Cultural Heritage Days, the University Library and Archives’ new exhibition was opened, presenting the most important documents and symbols of our university’s history.

The exhibition includes documents, pictures and objects ranging from Péter Pázmány’s founding charter to the ornate article of law issued for the university’s 300th anniversary. A virtual exhibition on a tablet in the room traces the history of the university's symbols up to the present day. The ELTE Alumni Centre supported the event by providing a stand for the tablet displaying the virtual exhibition.

Dr. Kulcsár Szabó Ernőné Gombos Annamária, Director General of the University Library and Archives, welcomed the participants of the opening ceremony, and then Csilla Pataky, Head of the Alumni Centre, briefly described the importance and the functioning of the Alumni organisation. The exhibition was opened by Dr. László Szögi, the former director general of the University Library and Archives, who emphasized in his speech, that every institution needs to explore its past and preserve its tangible memories, therefore it is of particular importance, that the university’s founding charters, emblems and symbols of the university are on display in the exhibition.

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ELTE University Library and Archives

Some parts of our collection are temporarily only accessible to a limited extent

We would like to inform our visitors that due to the ongoing storage cleaning work, the following stock sections will be unavailable or only partially available in the coming weeks:

  • shelfmark: between P 1 and P 6000 (from the 19th of September to the 8th of October);
  • shelfmark: between 400.000 and 440.000, 535.000and 560.000 (expected in the first half of October);
  • shelfmark: between 700.000 and 713.121, 448.000 and 452.725, furthermore complete collection of books starting with zero (expected in the second half of October).

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.

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The Cultural Heritage Day in the ELTE University Library and Archives was a great success

The library intended to draw attention to the protection of our cultural values ​​and the preservation of our built heritage with our event organized in the University Library and Archives of Eötvös Loránd University within the framework of this year's Cultural Heritage Days.

On the 550th anniversary of Janus Pannonius’s death, the Gospel Book of the poet and bishop was presented. The parchment codex (Cod. Graec. 1) is a special treasure of our library from the 11th century, probably copied in Constantinople. The codex is decorated with full-page illustrations of the Gospel, depicting the different stages of the work, the one of John was probably lost in the 16th century.  Our related chamber exhibition entitled Janus Pannonius from Humanism to the Baroque – A selection from the collection of the University Library and Archives is on display until the 11th of November 2022, from 10.00 to 15.00 on weekdays. Registration is possible at

Kata Borsos' violin concert in the Aula was the opening concert of our programme. Through our building tours, our visitors gained an insight into the history of the library and the halls of its monumental building, got acquainted with the restoration process, our museum collection and the life of Loránd Eötvös, joined our Petőfi quiz, as well as made unique hardcover craft booklets. During our events, calligrapher Dezső Buzogány gave a presentation in the hall, introducing our guests to the art of pen and beautiful handwriting.

In the framework of the event, we also opened our exhibition entitled Book, Robe, Science – Symbols from the Past of Eötvös Loránd University.

We closed our programme series with a concert by the Coquette duo. Hedda Gál (vocals) and Zsolt Horváth (guitar) performed a selection of songs from the jazz divas.

The event was implemented with the support of the Municipality of Budapest, District V, Belváros–Lipótváros, the Foundation for the University Library and the “Thank you, Hungary!” project.

The Autumn Festival of Museums between the 3rd of October and the 11th of November 2022 also offers a variety of our programmes. All visitors are welcome in our library!

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ELTE ULA; Photo: Milán Dénes