The Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library Music Collection is the Music Library of Budapest. It is not only a library and a knowledge base of music, but also a venue of cultural events.
We collect and borrow books on music, sheet music, recordings (CD, LP, VHS, DVD) from all locations, eras and genres. In addition to many documents of classical music, a wide range of jazz, blues, folk, pop-rock, soundtrack, musical and operetta releases are available.
Our open shelf collection of music books includes many in English, German and French. Information gathering, study and research is helped by a reference library and non-borrowable documents. A large number of Urtext editions, study scores, technical studies, performance pieces, beginners’ methods, scores of chamber pieces, full and piano scores of orchestral and vocal music are available. CDs and DVDs can be borrowed or listened to/watched in our listening room.
One of our primary goals is to provide opportunity for cultural-social interaction. Our events try to evoke the noble tradition of the 19th century salon. The programs in our salon include concerts – often promoting young talents –, master classes, book launches, exhibitions, screenings and discussions. Please feel free to take part, everyone is welcome and entrance is free.
SPACES & SERVICES
The Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library Music Collection is located in MESZL Central Library (Szabó Ervin tér 1., 1088 Budapest).
Please see below where and how you can use our services.
1. Reading Room of Music Books (Ground Floor). You can reach the following services here:
– borrowing, renewal of and returning of books on music,
– borrowing and returning scores,
– information on music,
– access to databases.
2. Room of Music CD-s and Open Shelf Scores (Floor 2.) The following services are available here:
– borrowing, renewal and returning of open shelf scores,
– borrowing and returning CDs,
– borrowing music DVDs (pick them up and pay on the Ground Floor)
– reading new periodicals
– general information,
– access to databases,
– listening to music.
3. Requesting documents from the Closed Stacks
You can request sheet music from the Closed Stacks by using the library catalog computers. After sending a request, wait until the last 8 digits of your library card code appear on the Ground Floor display. Then you can pick up the scores in the Reading Room of Music Books.
Older periodicals, books, CDs from the Closed Stacks can be requested also by using the library catalog computers. After sending a request you can pick up the documents either on the Ground Floor (if you wish to borrow them) or in the General Reading Room on Floor 4 (if you wish to use them within the library).
We kindly request our readers to return documents borrowed from the Music Collection to any one of our two Rooms.
CONCERTS & EVENTS
The Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library Music Collection is not only a library and a knowledge base of music, but also a venue of cultural events.
Our programs include concerts – often promoting young talents – , master classes, book launches, exhibitions, screenings and discussions. Please feel free to take part, everyone is welcome and entrance is free. Our primary goal is to provide opportunity for cultural-social interaction, evoking the noble tradition of the 19th century salon.
Looking forward to meeting you in our Salon!
SUPPORTING YOUNG TALENTS
Young Talents in the Music Collection is a series of concerts in the salon of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library Music Collection. Our aim is to give opportunity to Music Academy students and young graduated artists to debut and perform in our Salon, and to help them prepare mentally and physically for various competitions and challenges.
We would like to establish a continuous relationship with young talents, follow their career, and offer them to perform in our venue later as well, involving them in our various programs.
The opportunity to take part in the series is open for every young artist and music student. In oder to keep the high artistic standard, those appying should meet the following requiremets:
2. Be the student or a graduated artist of a Music School or Music Academy, aged 16-27
3. Participants under 16 should provide the recommendation of their teacher or an acknowledged artist
Szabó Ervin tér 1.,
Renewal and information:
Inter library loan:
Monday to Friday: 10-20
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