Fővárosi Szabó Ervin Könyvtár, Budapest

  • April 2019

Fővárosi Szabó Ervin Könyvtár, The Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library, is a combination of two buildings; a new construction from the year 2001 and a marvellous Neo-Baroque Palace, Wenckheim Palace from the late 19th century. This very special library is situated at an attractive pedestrian street in the centre of Budapest. The library has been named to honour Ervin Szabó, a Hungarian social scientist, a librarian and an anarcho-syndicalist revolutionary. The book collection is imposing and fresh even if the number of the fiction and the magazines in other languages than Hungarian is quite limited. The premises offer a variety of study and reading places but hardly any areas to be social or to work in groups, have discussions. The facilities are fantastic for students, especially in an aesthetic way. There is a quite high annual fee for the library card. Without library card everyone has to pay a not so low entrance fee. Four stars: Very good.