Summer opening hours

Between the 1st of August 2022 and the 3rd of September 2022, our library and Eötvös Exhibition will be closed.

Please note that books can be borrowed from the 7th of July 2022 with an expiry date in September 2022, but if the loan expires before the 1st of August 2022, the closing period will be included in the calculation of the overdue fee.

You can return documents by post (1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.) or in person on working days between 9.00 and 15.00 using the Bibliobox in the lobby. Returns will be recorded in the system on the working day and any overdue fees can be settled after the summer break.

From the 5th of September 2022 we will be open as usual.

We wish all our readers a pleasant summer and good rest!

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Mosaics from the heritage of ELTE – August 2022

Object of the month – Portrait of Géza Bartoniek

Gyula Tury (1866–1932): Portrait of Géza Bartoniek, 1928; Oil, canvas, 63.5 × 50 cm; Marked lower left: Tury Gyula 1928; Eötvös József Collegium, Board of Directors

Géza Bartoniek, physicist, was the organizer and acting head (1895–1897), and later director (1897–1927) of the Collegium founded by Loránd Eötvös in 1895 on the French model, formerly known as József Báró Eötvös Collegium. As a former student of Loránd Eötvös, Bartoniek was chosen by Eötvös himself to lead the institution.

Written by: Attila Boda

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Eötvös József College

Archive closing

We would like to inform our clients and researchers that the Archive will be closed between the 1st of August and the 28th of August 2022. We wish you all the best for your vacation.

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Open days at the Eötvös Exhibition

Visitors are welcome without registration on the 23th of July 2022 from 10 am to 6 pm at the exhibition of the ELTE University Library and Archives.

The 19th century physics laboratory allows us to discover and test the tools made and used by Eötvös Loránd. By testing the tools in the animated exhibition space it shows and deepens the knowledge of how the Eötvös scale demonstrates Earth’s rotation, why our planet is not spherical or flat and why gravity research is still important to this day.

Please, contact our colleagues to arrange an appointment at

The exhibition can be visited on the 23th of July 2022 without registration.

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Milán Dénes

Annual meeting of the Association of Hungarian Archivists

The Association of Hungarian Archivists will hold its annual meeting in Székesfehérvár between the 11th and the 13th of July 2022. The program of the annual assembly is defined by two main themes: the 800th anniversary of the publication of the Golden Bull and the archival crises and document destruction. Krisztina Tóth, head of our archives, will give a lecture on the destruction of ELTE’s records in 1956.  

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Reporting Day K21 – Results in the light of quality improvement

At the second quarterly report of the K21 Quality Coordination Committee 2022, the leaders of the working groups reported on the results of the past quarter, ongoing work and changes.

The evaluation of the Quality Improvement Report and the Non-Compliant Services reports have been completed.
On the 7th of June 2022, an awareness-raising training for ELTE librarians was successfully held in the Ecseri út building of the Faculty of Special Education, organised by the Accessibility Working Group. The presentations focused on the library needs of students with different special needs. The presentations were followed by a discussion, exchange of experiences, sharing of good practices and the opportunity to try out support tools.

The members of the Primary Research working group have started analysing the 2022 student needs and satisfaction survey and plan to prepare a survey on the use of electronic content.

A summary of the process audits carried out in 2021 in the Process Management Working Group has been completed and the suggestions for process improvements included in the summary are being collected. The group is working on the task of modifying the process audit form and the description template. The process inventory for the ELTE University Library and Archives has been completed.

An article has been published on our website and a short summary film entitled 3 months – 3 minutes was sent out about the results achieved by the working groups. Our Kolibri mailing list was used to keep our staff informed about the latest information and community programmes. The Library Café offered an opportunity to exchange good practices with staff from abroad.
The collection and organisation of material for the "virtual Green Library" is in progress. As part of the document organisation project, documents of high priority have been archived.

The library managers and the heads of the ELTE University Library and Archives attended a management training course on the 14th and the 15th of June 2022 with the support of the National Cultural Fund. At their regular meetings, they discussed, among other things, the archiving and provision of theses, the criteria for the 2023 EISZ subscription and the Librarian Day event.

During the meeting, the analytical groups for the preparation of the new strategy of the University Library Service reported on their work and plans.

We will update you on the results of the K21 Quality Coordination Committee and our new developments on our website soon.



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Exhibition of Books on Medicine at the ELTE University Library and Archives

The ELTE University Library and Archives invites you to visit our exhibition of books on medicine, which opened on this year's Night of Museums.

The 16th century was one of the most important periods in the development of medicine. The first anatomical and botanical nomenclatures, anatomical atlases with detailed illustrations based on dissections and prescription books with pictures of medicinal plants were published. Such volumes have been selected from the 16th century collection of the University Library. The exhibition is open on weekdays by appointment at All visitors are welcome!


ELTE University Library and Archives

1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.

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Successful Night of Museums at the ELTE University Library and Archives

According to our tradition, this year we joined the Night of Museums series of events, which included craft activities, concerts, guided tours, restoration workshops and an exhibition of books on medicine. 

The programme opened with a concert by the ELTE „Eötvös” Art Ensemble String Quartet in the Aula, featuring works by Mozart, Grieg, Debussy, Elgar, Fauré and Delibes.

Through our building tours, visitors were given an insight into the history of the library and the rooms of the historic building. They were also able to learn about the restoration process, our museum collection, the life and work of Loránd Eötvös and create unique hardcover books. During our events, István Ádám gave guitar concerts in the lobby, introducing our guests to the mysteries of music literature.

This year's events also included a presentation of the Perczel Globe. Dr. László Zentai, Vice-Rector for Education and Academic Affairs of Eötvös Loránd University, gave a lecture on the history of the globe.

The exhibition entitled „Fu magh kit az patikaba ugian sesamusnak hinak”, a collection of our books on medicine, was opened and can be visited by appointment on weekdays at

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Milán Dénes

Awareness-raising training – Supporting students with special needs

On the 7th of June 2022, an awareness-raising training for ELTE librarians was successfully organized by the Accessible Library Working Group of the University Library Service K21 Quality Management Coordination Committee at the Ecseri Road building of the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Education.

The presentations, held by the staff of the ELTE Special Student Affairs Support Office and Borbála Franyó (librarian of ELTE), focused mainly on the library needs of students with different special needs. The presentations were followed by joint discussions, exchange of experiences, sharing of good practices and the possibility to try out support tools. Feedback from staff indicated that the training was very useful. 

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Publication at Wiley – Changes in Wiley’s Journals Open Access Status

Some of Wiley’s hybrid journals will continue to operate as Gold Open Access journals from 2023. The list of transitioning journals is available on Wiley’s website. This transition has an effect on the existing Read and Publish agreement with Wiley. Although they will become Gold Open Access journals from January 2023, new submissions to the journal will be considered under the new Gold Open Access journal model from 2022 onwards. All documents submitted from the indicated month will be open access, closed publication cannot be requested.

The EISZ agreement will, of course, also cover these APCs (to the extent available).

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