Due to building reconstruction the holdings and services of the Music Collection are provided in the Central Library of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library.
The Music Collection was opened in Fehérhajó utca in 1964, as the first fully public music library in Budapest.
The Music Collection is a special library for classical music, with an objective to provide professional and amateur musicians with special literature, as well as to promote music education and research, and to support music culture in general.
In 1998, the Music Collection moved to the Pálffy Palace (adjoining the Central Library building). Designed by Miklós Ybl, the palace was built in ecclectic style. The building harmonically blends the characteristics of romanticism with the French rococo and the Italian renaissance style.
The palace houses the Music Collection on two floors, on an area of nearly 1,300 square metres.
The registration and circulation desks, as well as the Reading room and the Periodicals Reading room can be found on the GROUND FLOOR.
On the FIRST FLOOR, you may browse among books for borrowing, small-sized orchestral scores, video-recordings and CDs on the open shelves. The audio collection (opened in 1999 and installed with Japanese state subsidy) is also located here.
The material of the collection:
• Hungarian and foreign music scores, operas, ballets, oratories, orchestral works, chamber music, songs and choral works, solo pieces, in the form of orchestral scores, piano arrangements or vocal scores and short scores.
• Works on music theory, music history and the history of instruments, as well as studies and biographies about composers and performers; special dictionaries and catalogues, reference books and bibliographies - both in Hungarian and in foreign languages
• Around fifty different Hungarian and foreign periodicals and journals on music
• Video recordings of opera performances, ballets, concerts and portrait films
• Classical music, jazz and folk music recordings on LPs and/or CDs
• Multimedia compilations presenting a composer or a period in the history of music
• Borrowing music scores, books, CDs, videotapes
• Information about services, music literature, special literature on music and the stock of the library
• Internet information about the stock of Hungarian and foreign music libraries; search service
• 8 research places and 8 audio places for listening to music. We provide an opportunity to play and listen to analogue or compact recordings, video tapes, audio tapes and DAT tapes. PC access is also provided.