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Collection of classified documents

Government Decree 530 M. E. of 1945 on the destruction of documents created "in the spirit of fascist ideology and anti-kommunism" was issued on 26 February 1945 and directed all libraries in Hungary to collect and send every such publication to the Széchényi National Library, the only library authorized to keep one series of each for acedemic research. The question of "fascist documents" became a focal point of interest for the government after the Provisional National Assembly moved from Debrecen to Budapest.

Published on - 2019-02-14 10:27:00
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A unique map from the sixteenth century - World Map by Ortelius

The work of Brabantian cartographer, Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) had been one of the first modern-style world maps. A collection of common geographic and cultural-historical knowledge that accurately reflects the scientific achievements of the Age of Discovery. The 16-17th century maps accompanying the evolution of cartography all bear testimony to the success in the attempt to understand the world. With the borders of the known world augmenting, it became more and more crucial to arrange and re-arrange old and new knowledge.

Published on - 2019-02-08 09:00:00
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Political Science resources in the Main Reading Room

One of disciplines within the library's main scope of collection is political science. Literature related to this field of research represents the second largest thematic unit in our open-shelf reference collection and is assigned to section No. V of the shelf-arrangement system.

Published on - 2019-01-09 14:27:00
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Professional conference to commemorate the library's 150th anniversary - A summary

To remember and celebrate the 150th anniversary of establishing the Library of the Hungarian Parliament a professional conference was held on 6 November 2018, the first day of the 8th World Meeting of Hungarian Librarians in the Upper House Hall of the Parliament's building. All major Hungarian libraries in the country as well as across the border were represented at the event, which gave the opportunity to renowned library professionals to discuss timely issues of managing and conserving Hungarian cultural heritage.

Published on - 2018-11-21 16:10:00
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Celebrating the library's 150th anniversary - Conference at the House of Pariament

To remember and celebrate the 150th anniversary of establishing the Library of the Hungarian Parliament a professional conference is to be held on 6 November 2018, the first day of the 8th World Meeting of Hungarian Librarians in the Upper House Hall of the Parliament's building.

Published on - 2018-10-17 11:38:00
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Constitutio Criminalis Theresiana (Theresiana)

The Library's Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection holds numerous law-related volumes: law and decree collections, legislative publications as well as essays and monographs on various branches of law can equally be found in the collection. From among primary legal sources one of the most important historical works in our holdings is Maria Theresa's code of criminal law, Constitutio Criminalis Theresiana (or Theresiana for short) issued in 1768.

Published on - 2018-10-15 15:45:00
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Storage and preservation in the Library of Parliament

Without a good catalogue readers would not be able to find the most relevant resources for their research and similarly, without a well-functioning storage system, circulation and long-term preservation would be impossible at a library. A well-structured and safe stackroom is an essential and self-explanatory instrument to maintain the condition of library items, the storage of which requires the greatest care and expertise. For years after its establishment, the initial difficulties and the scarcity of storage space prevented the Library of the House of Representatives from designating an appropriate stackroom since at the time the library operated in the National Museum the building of which was not suitable for this purpose.

Published on - 2018-10-05 09:17:00
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Remembering our Ancestors - The life and career of Lajos Nagy, legal documentation expert

In the history of an institution anniversaries offer a rarely recurring opportunity to remember our predecessors whose example and professional achievement paved the way for the results of the present. It seems to be the case with the 150-year-old Library of Parliament, too.

Published on - 2018-09-21 11:06:00
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A weekend reviving the past - Cultural Heritage Days in the library

We are proud to have had the opportunity to welcome almost three hundred visitors in the truly breathtaking spaces of the 150-year-old Library of Parliament this weekend on the occasion of Cultural Heritage Days. During the weekend everyone who chose us - besides enjoying the "genius loci" - could have learnt less well-known facts and trivia about the past and present of the library of legislation.

Published on - 2018-09-20 15:14:00
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Legal literature in the Main Reading Room

Legal science has always been one of the most prominent fields of study within the library's scope of collection, thus it does not come as a surprise that we offer a 8000-volume open-shelf collection of law-related documents in the library's Main Reading Room, where legal literature is arranged into two major units: one is devoted to primary (marked with KK II), while the other to secondary (marked with KK III) legal sources.

Published on - 2018-09-13 14:35:00
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Documents of the EU Depository Collection

The almost 20-year-old EU Depository Collection boasts a very rich and versatile holding of EU-related documents covering all aspects of the history, functioning and policies of the the European Union. The arrangement of the open-shelf collection forms a consistent, logical system, so that researchers may easily browse the holding without assistance. The 30 subject groups the collection has been arranged into equally include official documents of the European Union as well as EU-related books and periodicals acquired by the library.

Published on - 2018-09-06 10:29:00
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The EU Depository Collection in the library

Back in 1997, the Library of Parliament applied to the European Commission for the status of a EU depository library. Following the request, the depository status was granted to our library in 1999, which gave way to the establishment of the EU Depository Collection opened in 2001 by then Speaker of the House, dr. János Áder.

Published on - 2018-08-23 16:19:00
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Processing foreign legal literature in the Library of Parliament

In the acquisitions policy of the Library of Parliament legal science has enjoyed priority right from the beginning. Its collection principles laid down in 1894 also reflected the importance of law, which in turn also became accentuated by the Legal Deposit Act of 1922 as well as ministerial decree No. 164 of 1958 issued by the minister of culture that rendered the Library of Parliament a national special research library of law, 20th century and contemporary history and political science.

Published on - 2018-08-14 15:13:00
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Open-shelf documents in the library

Most part of the library's 700 thousand-volume holdings is stored in closed stack rooms from which users may request items via our online catalogue. However, we have always tried to make the widest possible selection of books and periodicals available on open-shelves as well. At the moment we provide access to 40 thousand open-shelf documents in the Main Reading Room all of which may be browsed and used freely without any assistance.

Published on - 2018-08-10 11:40:00
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Processing Hungarian legal literature in the Library of Parliament

​In the acquisitions policy of the Library of Parliament legal science has enjoyed priority right from the beginning. Its collection principles laid down in 1894 also reflected the importance of law, which in turn also became accentuated by the Legal Deposit Act of 1922 as well as ministerial decree No. 164 of 1958 issued by the minister of culture that rendered the Library of Parliament a national special research library of law, 20th century and contemporary history and political science.

Published on - 2018-08-09 09:31:00
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Acquisition amid revisionist sentiments

In the 1920s the fierce revisionist sentiment predominating contemporary political and cultural life in Hungary had necessarily reached the Library of Parliament as well: the institution was required to actively support revisionist propaganda goals by its own means, that is via collecting, processing and arranging primary and secondary literature available on the subject.

Published on - 2018-08-02 10:13:00
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The Hungarian Parliamentary Collection

This collection of the library offers the most complete collection of documents on the history of the Diets and National Assemblies of Hungary and Transylvania, freely available on open shelves.

Published on - 2018-07-20 10:49:00
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The UN Depository Collection in the library

Hungary accessed membership to the UN on the 10th session of the organisation's General Assembly held on 14 December 1955. Around half a year later, in July 1956 the Library of the Hungarian Parliament gained the status of the Hungarian UN Depository Library after the Ministry of Foreign affairs recommended it to the responsible organs of the UN.

Published on - 2018-07-13 12:59:00
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Istvan Bibó in the Library of Parliament

István Bibó, an outstanding political thinker, legal scholar and irreproachable person as well as Minister of State during the Revolution of 1956, had built up a remarkable career as a librarian starting from 1950 and continuing after his years in prison. During those years he also spent a short but fruitful period of time in the Library of Parliament.

Published on - 2018-07-06 11:23:00
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The origins and build-up of the library's unique classification system - Part 2

The need to search libraries' holdings emerged as early as the 19th century. In the age of information technology it seem inconceivable that there was a viable way of browsing library catalogues by subject without computers. Library classification systems were and are usually based on a specific scientific taxonomy adjusted to the given library's scope of collection and user preferences.

Published on - 2018-06-29 09:22:00
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The Hungarian Soviet Republic Special Collection

​The Hungarian Soviet Republic Special Collection was established in 1958 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Party of Communists in Hungary. The creation of the special collection was primarily facilitated by György Vértes, the then director of the library who initiated several reforms in the institution in the troubled years following the Revolution of 1956.

Published on - 2018-06-22 10:58:00
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The library's transformation into a public research library

Since its establishment, the Library of the House of Representatives had been a closed, institutional library primarily aimed at members of the National Assembly. However, as the collection was gradually growing bigger and bigger, the library acquired numerous unique books, journals and parliamentary documents not available anywhere else in Hungary, which prompted ever more "outsiders", that is university lecturers, researchers and ministry employees to apply for library membership.

Published on - 2018-06-14 13:26:00
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The prevailing material of the library's reading room - the Slavonian oakwood

Have you ever pondered why on a gloomy autumn day you still find your mood significantly improved after a couple of hours spent in the library's reading room? If you look up at the lavishly decorated wooden beadboard ceiling, the stairs and the bookshelves all around the room, you will feel the warmth of the Slavonian oakwood radiating the sunshine it had accumulated inside its tissues for hundreds of years.

Published on - 2018-06-08 09:49:00
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The origins and build-up of the library's unique classification system

The need to search libraries' holdings emerged as early as the 19th century. In the age of information technology it seem inconceivable that there was a viable way of browsing library catalogues by subject without computers. Library classification systems were and are usually based on a specific scientific taxonomy adjusted to the given library's scope of collection and user preferences.

Published on - 2018-06-01 11:11:00
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Whom we are proud of: Miklós Nagy, former director of the library

Miklós Nagy, former director of the Library of Parliament was born on 27 January 1881. He completed his primary and secondary studies in Kolozsvár (today's Cluj), then enrolled on the University of Law and Public Administration in Budapest where he obtained a doctorate. He spoke fluent Latin, German, French and Romanian apart from Hungarian.

Published on - 2018-05-17 15:53:00
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The Library of Parliament, a library of law

As already stated in the earliest printed library catalogues issued by the National Assembly, the Library of Parliament's main scope of collection has always been law and public administration. These subject areas has played a defining role in its acquisition policy from the very beginning, making the Library of Parliament one of the most complete library collections in Hungary as far Hungarian legal literature is concerned.

Published on - 2018-05-10 10:37:00
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The evolution of the library's scope of collection

A library's scope of collection is typically defined by its function, that is the needs of the target groups it serves. The Library of the Hungarian Parliament is on the one hand the library of the House, and as such exclusively responsible for supplying the legislation with the necessary documents and information. On the other hand, however, it is a national public research library that shall facilitate the academic advancement of present and future practising lawyers, legal scholars as well as various law enforces. This dual function of the library is in turn reflected in its main and subsidiary scope of collection alike.

Published on - 2018-05-03 11:15:00
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The first period of the Library of the House of Representatives

The first location of the new Library of the House of Representatives was in the Hungarian National Museum, followed by the so-called Luby House in Sándor Street. Then, between 1873 and 1902 the House of Representatives provided the location for the library.

Published on - 2018-04-27 14:26:00
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The Foreign Parliamentary Collection

The Foreign Parliamentary collection is one of the library's oldest special collections opened in 1962. The holdings of the collection have been expanding since 1878 as a result of international exchange agreements made with several countries in Europe and overseas.

Published on - 2018-04-19 13:09:00
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Ignácz Ghyczy's book bequest

The Library's first bequest was donated by the heirs of Ignácz Ghyczy (1799-1870), member of the House of Representatives. The 18-19-century aristocratic family library abound with rare books and periodicals in German, French, Hungarian, Latin has remained the most precious and cherished part of our collection ever since.

Published on - 2018-04-11 09:39:00
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Ágost Pulszky legal scholar and the Library of th House of Representatives

Agost Pulszky MP, renowned legal scholar and one of the most devout supporter of the Library of the House of Representatives, served first as a notary and later as a member of the Library Committee of the House. In 1939, several decades after his death, the Library obtained his highly valuable book collection including numerous rarities that would be unacquirable today.

Published on - 2018-04-05 15:19:00
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Changes of the library's legal status over time

From its founding until 1952 (except for the short period during the Hungarian Soviet Republic) , the Library of Parliament had operated as a unit within the Hungarian National Assembly's organizational structure, and as such enjoyed an equal status with the other 8-10 offices of the House of Representatives. As an institutional library it was overseen by the House rather than the Ministry of Education and Religion just like other libraries at the time.

Published on - 2018-03-27 14:09:00
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On establishing the library

The Library of the Hungarian National Assembly was officially founded by the House of Representatives in the late 1860s to facilitate legislative work. The establishment, however, was in fact an evolutionary process, rather than a one-off event: it took decades until the Assembly eventually​ became able to open a full-functioning library that could effectively serve lawmakers' professional and intellectual needs.​

Published on - 2018-03-13 13:57:00
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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of establishing the Library of Parliament

The Library of the Hungarian National Assembly was founded by the House of Representatives in the late 1860s to facilitate legislative work. The need to establish the library had been articulated several times until 1868 when that year's Rules of Procedure eventually explicitly proclaimed that the House form a library for the benefit of members of House and this future library acquire all the books, documents and other publications invaluable for the lawmaking process. Because of its symbolic significance, we consider 1868, the year of passing these Rules of Procedure, the date of establishing the Library of the Hungarian Parliament.

Published on - 2018-03-02 12:00:00
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