National Széchényi Library

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Országos Széchényi Könyvtár
National Széchényi Library
National Széchényi Library

The National Library is located in Buda Castle

founding November 25, 1802
Duration 8,000,000 media
Library type National Library
place HungaryHungary Budapest

The National Széchényi Library ( Országos Széchényi Könyvtár in Hungarian ) is the national library of the Hungarian state . Its main tasks are the collection of written cultural heritage, its recording, maintenance and processing as well as the task of making the cultural heritage accessible to the public .


The Perczel globe in the map collection of the National Library
A historical map of Vienna in the map collection of the National Library

The library was founded by Count Ferenc Széchényi on November 25, 1802. It was the first public institute of its kind in Hungary after the Budapest University Library . At the time it was founded, the library had a little over 13,000 books, more than 1,200 manuscripts, several hundred maps, coats of arms, engravings and coins. Its founding document was approved by the king on November 26, 1802, and the institute itself was opened to the public in Pest (eastern part of Budapest) in 1803 . The library was initially financed through voluntary donations.

These funds enabled the opening of the Hungarian National Museum , into whose institutional system the National Library was integrated. After that, the national library was officially called the Széchényi National Library of the National Museum . The coins that were first owned by the library became the property of the museum.

From 1846 to 1847 the National Library was moved to the neo-classical building of the National Museum. In 1949 it became an independent institution again. Since 1985, the National Library has been housed in Building F of Buda Castle .

A preserved in this library card was in 2007 in the World Documentary Heritage of UNESCO added, namely that of Lazarus Secretarius and his teacher Georg Tannstetter designed, in 1528 in Ingolstadt printed map of Hungary: tabula hungariae .


The National Library has had 25 directors or general directors since it was founded:


See also

Web links

Commons : National Széchényi Library  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Reproduction of the map of Hungary
  2. Directors , OSZK, accessed April 8, 2012

Coordinates: 47 ° 29 ′ 42 ″  N , 19 ° 2 ′ 21 ″  E