Libraries - How To Get Started

Whether you are writing a paper, studying for an exam, or just looking for a calm place to read, libraries are your best friends. Budapest is home to some of the most beautiful libraries in Europe, and you will certainly find your favorite among them. Here are a couple of tips to get you started:

#1 Check out your school's own library

If you are looking for books related to your degree, it is usually best to start out with your own university library. They will have specialized collections on your subjects, and as an added plus, some of them look really cool. Did you know, for example, that the National Technical Information Centre and Library at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME OMIKK) is sometimes used for filming?

#2 If you know what you are looking for

Sometimes you are really desperate to find that one book, but you have
no idea where to start. Forget about visiting five libraries and hoping to find it in one of them. Check out MOKKA , the Hungarian common catalog. A simple search will show you all the libraries that have copies of the book you are looking for.

#3 For database access

EISZ, or the Electronic Information Service is your go-to page when it comes to finding electronic resources, such as e-books, or journal articles. Every institution of higher education gets its data packs through EISZ, so altogether, it has access to almost 50 databases!

#4 For general interest

If you are simply looking for something fun to read in your free time, you might want to consider visiting Szabó Ervin Library. This is the Central Library of Budapest, providing the citizens with reading since 1904. It has branch libraries in every district, so you won't have to go far to enjoy a good book. The central building is near Kálvin tér, making it one of the most popular spots for students who want to study, or simply want to hang out in the library's downstairs café.

#5 If you want to enjoy the view

Can you imagine a more perfect place to study than a table with a direct view of the Danube? You can find this magical spot at both the National Széchényi Library and in the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Although they both have rather specific collection profiles, it is easy to find interesting reads, and enjoy the view between two pages.

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