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Introduction

The Metropolitan Ervin Szabo Library, established in 1904, provides the services of the public library network for the inhabitants in Budapest. The Central Library meets the requirements of a city public library, takes part in national and international research works and serves as a national resource library in sociology. It helps the organized - and self-study regardless of age and fields of interest. Information-technology is widely used in its services.

District branch libraries are the basic institutions of the metropolitan public library network. Their collections are developed by the rules of acquisition concerning their categories. There are some organizational units which are controlled together by the branch libraries of more than one district. They are the so called regions which fulfil their professional tasks; with partial centralization but they manage their budget semi-independently.

The name and division of the regions:

  • 1st Region: branch libraries of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 22nd district
  • 2nd Region: libraries of the 4th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th. 15th and 16th district
  • 3rd Region: libraries of the 8th, 10th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 23rd district

According to the data recorded on December 31, 2017, the number of the documents available in the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library is 3 207 420. The holdings that can be borrowed include 2 222 980 documents.

The library holdings cover

  • 2 261 724 copies of books

  • 114 372 periodical issues and bound periodicals

  • 5 653 cartographic documents (maps …)

  • 4 365 microfilms

  • 59 438 printed music documents

  • 5 408 instructional packages totally including 1 709 packages with 5 408 documents

  • 1 054 language CDs

  • 978 audio tapes

  • 82 383 audio CDs

  • 8 164 bakelite records

  • 11 855 audiobooks on different data carriers

  • 35 540 DVDs

  • 2 021 video tapes

  • 3 925 slides

  • 2 737 CD-ROMs

  • 1 752 graphics, engravings

  • 5 552 picture documents

  • 106 electronic books

  • 600 393 posters, prints and photos


The number of current periodicals: 1 098 titles (items); 2 558 copies.