Building of the library from the Baross streetThe Music Collection of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library is an institution providing information resources for individual, education and research purposes, complemented with community and cultural events. The constantly expanded borrowable collection includes music books, scores and media (CDs, DVDs, videotapes and vinyl records) from a wide variety of eras, geographical range and genres. The Music Collection also offers concerts – with a special focus on young talents–, master courses, book presentations, exhibitions and panel discussions for the public.

The Music Collection is located in the main building of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library. Below you will find more information on where to find our different services and how to place stock requests.

Bookroom of the Music Collection 1. Music books
    (ground floor, opposite to the self-service loan desk)

  • borrow, renew and return music books
  • receive and return scores from the stock
  • information services
  • database access
CD and music sheet room of the Music Collection 2. CDs and scores from the shelf
    (second floor)

  • borrow, renew and return scores from the shelf
  • borrow CDs and DVDs
  • read new music journals on the spot
  • information services
  • database access
  • listen to music

3. Stock requests

Stock requests for scores can be placed through the computer catalogue. When the last 8 digits of the barcode on your library card appear on the central display at the central loan desk (ground floor), the scores are available in the reading room of music books.

Stock requests for bound journals from earlier years, books and CDs from the stock can also be placed through the computer catalogue. Borrowable items are available at the central loan desk (ground floor), non-borrowable items in the reading hall on the 4th floor.

Please return ALL documents borrowed from the music collection to the reading room of music books or to the room for CDs.

The Music Collection of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library was opened in May 1964 based on the famous motto by composer and music educator Zoltán Kodály: ‘Music should belong to everyone’. Kodály was also present at the opening of the collection in the downtown (Fehérhajó utca). The opening speech was held by Kodály’s pupil, composer and musicologist Lajos Bárdos.

Zoltán Kodály and Ágnes Szalai

The Music Collection was founded by Ágnes Szalai as the fourth music collection in the country. Its predecessors were the music libraries of the Béla Bartók Conservatory (1851), the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music (1875) and the National Széchényi Library (1929). 

After 32 years, the Music Collection moved to the Pálffy residence in the neighbourhood of the library’s main building. From 2018, it is located in the main building itself.Building of the Ötpacsirta street

The collection is presently led by Katalin Bándoli, the holder of an Artisjus award for the promotion of contemporary music. 

Iván Madarász and Katalin Bándoli


Music Collection

1088 Budapest, Szabó Ervin tér 1.
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Opening hours
    Today 10:00-20:00
    Tomorrow: 10:00-20:00

Phone number:
(1) 411-5011
Manager: Bándoli Katalin (osztályvezető)

Registration for natural and legal persons:
free of charge / 12 months
Administration fee of registration reader card:
HUF 200 / 12 months

Daily card: HUF 1100 / day

Borrowing privileges in one library:
HUF 4600 / 12 months
HUF 3500 / 6 months
HUF 2500 / 3 months

Establishment of membership for using all branches simultaneously:
HUF 9500 / 12 months
HUF 6600 / 6 months