The collection interest of the University Library has been expanded with scores since 1952. This can be considered as the foundation date of the significantly valuable musical collection.
The score collection comprises of more than 100 000 documents including new score publications and - due to Professor János Hankiss's collecting activity - a score collection from the 19th and 20th centuries with the first editions of great composers' significant works. Museum pieces can be found in the collection, such as scores of mould-made paper made with lithography published by Diabelli in the 1820s, as well as scores published by the Ricordi publishing house in the second half of the 19th century. The chorus master György Gulyás's legacy documents are treated as protected materials.
Besides the scores the library has enriched its collection with an exceptionally valuable collection of audio materials published in Hungary and abroad (since 1956), and since 1987 the Media Collection has been receiving a legal deposit copy of the audio documents published in Hungary. Our audio collection contains more than 26 000 items ranging from the museum pieces of old records (e.g. Alfred Cortot, Arturo Toscanini) through audio cassettes to the newest CDs published in Hungary and abroad.
Our collection provides a complete picture of musical literature, of the individual eras of musical history, of the most remarkable representatives of the different musical schools and trends. Patrons can get acquainted with the music of thousands of years ranging from antique music to the works of contemporary composers; thematically from classical to light music, folk music or jazz, etc.
Recently the complete collection of the works of Bach, Mozart and Wagner and with a collection of 168 CDs were added to the holdings.
The Media Collection was housed in the University Church until 2005, since the beginning of 2006 we have been located on the ground-floor of the Kenézy Life Sciences Library. Patrons have the opportunity of reading periodicals, using reference books, listening to the audio materials and watching films in the multimedia room. The CD-ROMs, audio, film and score databases built by our colleagues contribute to meeting the requirements of our patrons and to supporting research activities.
The Media Collection considers meeting the requirements of an extensive musical education and research, as well as providing musicians, theatre singers and choir members with works of music as its primary objectives. We would like to assist patrons to spend their spare time beneficially with the help of our video cassettes, DVDs and music collections.
Our programs - like the Circle of Jazz Friends - would like to popularize and transmit the values of classical music, jazz, Hungarian folk music and contemporary literature.
The call number and other data of the documents can be found in the online catalogue (OPAC) and the card-catalogue. Documents can be ordered from the stacks with a call slip.
|Type of Documents||Indication in the Call Number||Who can circulate it?|
|Cassettes||A.MK, A/K.MK||Every patron (5 pieces for 5 days)|
|K.MK||UD teachers, Ph.D students, students of the Conservatory (5 pieces for 5 days)|
|Records||A.LP, AK.LP||Every patron (5 pieces for 5 days)|
|K.LP||UD teachers, Ph.D students, students of the Conservatory (5 pieces for 5 days)|
|Musical CDs||K.HCD||Every patron (5 pieces for 5 days)|
|Scores||A.Z||Every patron (5 pieces for 1 month)|
|K.Z||UD teachers, Ph.D students, students of the Conservatory (5 pieces for 5 days)|
|K.RZ||Teachers of the Conservatory for teaching purposes (5 pieces for 5 days)|
|Videocassettes||V||UD teachers, PhD students, students of the Conservatory, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Science and Technology for teaching purposes (2 pieces for 2 days)|
|Videocassettes of the Faculty of Arts||Ordinal number/2002||Teachers, Ph.D students and students of the Faculty of Arts (2 pieces for 2 days)|
|DVDs||DVD||UD teachers, Ph.D students, students of the Conservatory, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Science and Technology for teaching purposes (2 pieces for 2 days)|
Patrons must pay an overdue fine if they fail to return items before the deadline.
In case of damaged or lost materials patrons are liable for paying for them. The fee does not depend on the purchase price, but on the value of the document.
Documents not for loan
Museum pieces, or protected documents - both audio and printed materials - including the documents of the György Gulyás's legacy cannot be borrowed.
Items not found in our collection can be ordered from libraries from Budapest or the countryside.
General and special reference
We give information on our collection, facts, data and the complete area of musical science personally, by phone (52/518-600/62869) or by e-mail (email@example.com).
Listening to musical works, audio documents of literary works and reading periodicals or reference books relating to the fields of music and arts are possible in our reading room.
Watching videocassettes and DVDs
By appointment teachers and students are allowed to watch videocassettes and DVDs for teaching purposes in the Multimedia Room.
The arrangement of exhibitions, concerts, literary evenings