Central Library of the Liszt Academy

The Central Library of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music has the biggest music-related collection in Hungary. The Library has 450 000 music scores, 70 000 books and 100 journals, and there is a collection of 25 000 CDs, DVDs and vinyl records at 12 Semmelweis Street.

Address: 1061 Budapest, 8 Liszt Ferenc Square
ground floor

For the online public access catalogue of the library click here.

After logging in to the system you can request the documents you wish to borrow.The requested documents are available at the service counter within 24 hour or at a pre-agreed time and date.
The phone number: +36 1 462-4686
Opening Hours
Reading Room
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm
Borrowing documents:
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm
The above are the opening hours of the library during term-time and the examination period, otherwise the Library is closed or operates with reduced opening hours from Monday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm.
The Reading Room of the Library is open to the general public, anyone can enter it and browse the collection free of charge after registering. 
  1. basic registration – free: 6 printed and 2 audio-visual documents,
  2. extended registration - 500 HUF/year: 15 printed and 5 audio-visual documents
  3. researcher's registration: 1500 HUF/year: 30 printed and 10 audio-visual documents
PhD/DLA students are entitled to extended services for the same prices.
Non-degree students are required to pay a deposit of 30.000 HUF, which can be reclaimed at the end of their programme at the library.


Copying: A4 - 25HUF/page, A3 - 50 HUF/page
Priting: A4 - 25 HUF/page, A3 - 50 HUF/page

The Library only duplicates documents exempt from copyright.

Printed document with normal loan period: 35HUF/day
Audio-visual document with normal (2 weeks) loan period: 200HUF/day
Professors and students of the Academy can borrow 20 or 50 documents, outside patrons can borrow 10 documents at a time. Those affiliated with the Academy can borrow the documents for 1 semester, outside patrons for 1 month, which can be extended once (if the document is not requested by somebody else).
The following items can be borrowed for only 1 month: orchestra materials, copies of complete works, Henle-Urtext
After the deadline for returning documents have passed, patrons cannot receive library services until the documents are returned.
1st and 2nd year BA students and 1st year MA students can borrow 3 documents for the summer, and they can only register for the following semester when they have returned these documents.
Media items in the Studio of the Central Library can only be borrowed by professors, students and staff of the Academy, and not more than 6 items. These items can be borrowed for 2 weeks. In the Media Library, 3 documents can be borrowed for 1 week.
An electronic piano with 2 headphones is available in the Reading Room within service hours. Please book time in advance at the Issue Desk in person, via e-mail or phone.
As of 4 December 2012, the library sends notification via e-mail about approaching deadlines for returning documents. From that date, there is no grace time after the deadline, which means a penalty fee is charged every day from the day after the deadline, for every document not returned.
The late fees for documents not returned until the deadline are the following:
  • Documents borrowed for 1 month / 5 months: 35 HUF/day:
  • CD/DVD: 100 HUF/day:
  • Printed documents borrowed for less than 1 month: 900 HUF/day.


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