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About the library

The library is as old as the museum, and from the outset it has systematically collected local and international literature on the history of art. Understandably, areas linked to the museum's collections enjoy priority: the history of European painting, sculpture, and graphic arts, the Graeco-Roman world, and Egyptology. Holdings comprise seminal works and the latest scholarly literature from all over the world as well as publications for the general public. With its ca. 250,000 items the library is large even by international standards, and it is the most complete collection of its kind in Hungary.




Address: 1068 Budapest, Szondi utca 77.
(Mail Address: 1396 Budapest 62, Pf. 463)
Phone: 302 1805
E-mail: library[at]szepmuveszeti[dot]hu


Opening hours:

September to June:
Monday to Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM

Monday to Thursday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Friday: 10 AM to 1 PM
August: Closed

Databases accessible from the library


Local access only:

ARCANUM Digitheca:
Szaktárs / Akadémiai Kiadó:
Szaktárs / Argumentum Kiadó:
Szaktárs / Balassi Kiadó:
Artists of the World:
Artstore image database:
Brill Arkyves image database:
Academy Dictionaries online:
Classical archaeology journals:
Online Egyptological Bibliography:
American Journal of Archaeology:
Journal of Near Eastern studies:
The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology:
Klio, Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde:
Art history journals:
The Art Bulletin (1997-):
Gesta, Metropolitan Museum Journal, Source:
Journal of the history of collections:
Remote access:
HUNGARICANA Digital Collections:
Hungarian shared catalogue and interlibrary services:


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Number of records in the catalogue:
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Last update: 2024-04-19 10:31