The Oriental Collection of is located on the ground floor of the Palace of the Academy (Szécjhenyi István tér 9). Its reading room accommodates eight readers. The holdings can be consulted by persons over 18 years of age who hold a valid reader pass that can be obtained at the Reference & Reader Services. The Oriental Collection is a reference-only library. We do not lend books and they cannot be borrowed. Manuscripts and old books are generally to be consulted on microfilms. In rare cases, when the nature of a scholar’s work requires seeing some of the original manuscripts, application must be made to the head of the department for permission to work with individual items. Photocopying and other imaging services can be ordered according to the general rules of the Library. Although copies may be ordered as per the Library's regulations, due to criteria of protection and safeguarding all such requests are reviewed individually.
Uncatalogued items are not made available for research. Books and periodicals ordered from the stacks will take time to be served. If the item requested is preserved in external our stacks or the order is placed before closing time, it will be available from 10 a.m. the following day. Other requests can be obtained two days later. Items can be put to reserve for extended use.
All coats and bags should be left in the cloak-room. Books and manuscripts should be handled with utmost care and failure to do so results in the payment of fines and the exclusion from readership.
Items in our special collections (e.g. Kaufmann, Stein, Csoma etc.) can only be consulted with permission from the curator of the given collection.
Intent of publication from the holdings of the Collection should be announced. The published work should include a reference to the holding in the form specified by the Collection.