Library of the Institute of Ethnology at the Research Centre for the Humanities


Founded: 1968


Ildikó Breinerné Varga:

Márton Erdős:

Opening hours:

Monday: 9-17

Tuesday: 9-18

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: 9-17

Friday: 9-15


- on-site reading

- borrowing (only for institute staff)

- interlibrary loans

- copying

Library collections:

  • collected document types:

    books, special prints, maps, translations, periodicals, CDs and DVDs

  • main collections:

    ethnology, folklore, ethnography, social anthropology

  • special collections:

    related and auxiliary sciences, literary studies, linguistics, cultural history, art history, sociology, archeology, history, oriental studies


20,000 volumes of books, 20,000 maps, special prints, other publications, 14,000 journals. Number of current journals: 120


  • Card catalogues: the library’s holdings prior to 2002

  • By author, alphabetical: contains the entire collection in alphabetical order of the authors of the works; works with multiple authors or no author classified by title

  • Serials catalogue: by title of serial

  • Geographical catalogue: by country, region, ethnic group, according to the geographical auxiliary tables of the Universal Decimal Classification

  • Special catalogues: From 1990. Classification according to topic, based on a special ethnographic system.

  • Topographic catalogue: by shelf arrangement

Online catalogue:

The computer database contains material acquisitioned since 1992. Uploading is continuous. For search options, see database.

The online catalogue can be accessed directly in the HUNTÉKA system. To access the online catalogue, click here.

Contacting the library:

1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán utca 4, Building K, 3rd floor

Mailing address: 1453 Budapest, P.O. Box 33

Phone: +36-1 224-6700 ext. 4122 and 4123