The Hungarian National Gallery, established in 1957, uses the library that once belonged to the Metropolitan Picture Gallery, as its museum library. The holdings were later expanded with legacies of books left behind by some outstanding art historians (Dénes Radocsay, Gyula Szentiványi, István Genthon, and Gábor Pogány Ö.). The museum library’s volumes have also been augmented in recent years through purchases, domestic and international exchanges as well as donations.

In accordance with the museum’s scope of collection, the library’s holdings primarily comprise publications on Hungarian art, painting, sculpture and architecture along with those on the theme of museum science. Hungarian exhibition catalogues, including some true rarities, are the strength of the collection.

The use of the library by the public is restricted. Advance registration is required for external users and the books can only be read in the library. Inter-library loaning is also available.


Location and contacts

Buda Palace, Building A and B
H- 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2
Telephone:+ 36 1 469-7746, +36 1 469-7747
Opening hours: Monday-Friday:  10-16 pm,
during which time we are also pleased to answer inquires on the phone.


Online catalogue – changes in figures

The library of the Hungarian National Gallery and the library of the Museum of Fine Arts have a joint online catalogue, accessible at At the end of 2018, the catalogue comprised some two-thirds of the holdings of the Hungarian National Gallery; the remaining material is being catalogued. The location () of the item you wish to find are recorded under “Lelőhely” (location).

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Katalin Bede


cataloguing, reading room

Beáta Kiss

art historian, keeper

domestic and international interlibrary loans

Zsuzsanna Konkoly


cataloguing, reading room service

Judit Steiner

art historian, keeper

head of library

Bence Tóth


collection manager

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