BHM Aquincum Museum, Kuzsinszky Bálint Archaeological Library

The Budapest History Museum’s Kuzsinszky Bálint Archaeological Library is a specialised library with limited public access.

Its main areas of collection are prehistoric, ancient and migration period archaeology, and within these: the history of Budapest, the history of the Hungarians and Hungary, general history, ancient urban and settlement history, economic and social history, military history, art, architecture, religious history, epigraphy and museum education.

Due to the archaeological activities of the BHM, the Library especially collects publications related to archaeological excavations in Hungary, the most prestigious archaeological journals and publications of museums in Hungary and abroad with similar activities. It acquires all documents that support scientific research on these subjects, taking into account the needs of researchers.

The current collection of the library consists of almost 22,000 volumes, of which almost one third are archaeological journals and yearbooks. Thanks to the pre-1945 library of the Aquincum Museum, the collection also contains many books that are not or only rarely found in other specialist libraries. The archive collection is a valuable part of the library, as is the Kuzsinszky Collection, the legacy of Bálint Kuzsinszky, whose books were donated to the museum by his widow in 1939.

Using the library:

The Kuzsinszky Bálint Archaeological Library primarily supports the scientific work of the institution’s staff, but it also serves external researchers and university students who need access to the literature in the collection. The library is automatically open to all staff of the Budapest History Museum. External researchers must make an appointment by e-mail: konyvtar.aq@btm.hu, and obtain a research permit, issued by the Library’s Head of Department. External researchers may not borrow library documents, but they may use them on site. Further conditions and regulations of library use are set out in the “Library use regulations” (in Hungarian).

The collection of the library can also be searched in the online database Szirén: http://www.sziren.com/szir_ker_osztott.htm?kivalasztott=3

Contact us:

Budapest History Museum, Kuzsinszky Bálint Archaeological Library
1031 Budapest, Záhony utca 4.
Telephone: +36 1 250-1650
E-mail: konyvtar.aq@btm.hu 

Opening times:

Monday 9:00-15:30
Tuesday 9:00-15:30
Wednesday 9:00-15:30
Thursday: closed
Friday 9:00-14:30


  • reading room
  • interlibrary loans
  • information service
  • computer and internet use
  • online (Szirén) and card catalogue
  • online databases
  • photocopying and scanning (max. 20 pages)

 Online databases available at the library:

Széchenyi 2020
Széchenyi 2020