The Central Library of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library operates as the national research and reference library in sociology. The basis of its uniquely rich collection of sociology and social sciences was developed by Ervin Szabó (1877-1918). The library systematically explores the material on national sociology and collects the complete sociological literature published in Hungary; foreign literature is also collected with heavy selection.

The reading room of the Sociology Collection
Photo: Sociology Collection

Most of the books belonging to the collection can be borrowed. Hungarian books are available in more copies. Part of the borrowable supply can be found in Open Access Area on 2nd floor, other books of the borrowable supply are in stocks.
The reading rooms of Sociology Collection can be found on the 4th floor of the library.
10 000 volumes of the reference collection are available for the readers. The collection includes encyclopaedias, cyclopaedias, dictionaries as well as the compulsory reading of higher education and the frequently required works. The collection of sociology-related works are enlarged with the literature of adjoining sciences. The most important Hungarian and foreign periodicals of sociology and social sciences (the current volumes and the bound ones) are placed on the periodical gallery above the reading room, on the fifth floor.
The list of periodicals available in our collection can be found under the menu item „Folyóiratok” / „Periodicals” (Magyar folyóiratok / „Hungarian periodicals” and Külföldi folyóiratok / „Foreign periodicals”). Neither handbooks nor periodicals can be borrowed.
Some of the periodicals available on the gallery are accessible online as well; more information about them can be found under the labels "Databases” and „Periodicals”.
Sociology Collection provides information service by literature processing; sociology-related works and the literature of adjoining sciences are processed and made available by its database called Szocioweb accessible through the internet, too.
Reference service is provided in Sociology Reading Room (located on 4th floor) as well as via email ( and by phone (+36 1-411-5031).

A successful half century: the MESZL Sociology Collection is 50 years old
History of the collection

Sociology Collection

1088 Budapest, Szabó Ervin tér 1.
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Opening hours
    Today 10:00-20:00
    Tomorrow: 10:00-16:00

Phone number:
(1) 411-5031
Manager: Kerékgyártó Ágnes
Head of department

Registration for natural and legal persons:
free of charge / 12 months
Administration fee of registration reader card:
HUF 400 / 12 months

Daily card: HUF 1650 / day

Borrowing privileges in one library:
HUF 7800 / 12 months
HUF 5400 / 6 months
HUF 4000 / 3 months

Establishment of membership for using all branches simultaneously:
HUF 10000 / 12 months
HUF 7700 / 6 months