Hungarian Collection


The Hungary Collection consists of books and journals in the Hungarian language. The older part of the collection includes beautifully bound works of classic Hungarian writers. The extent of the collection is some 4,400 volumes.

The collection is augmented by purchases of reference works, dictionaries and scientific literature in subject fields related to Hungarology. In addition, purchases include works by important modern authors.

The newer part of the collection is located on the 3rd floor on open shelves according to subject, the older part is in closed stacks. All items in the collection are listed in the JYKDOK catalogue.

Classification of Hungarian Collection

In addition to the Main Library Hungary Collection, JYKDOK also lists all items in the Finnish Kodály Centre’s collection housed at the Department of Music, and the 2,500 items in the Hungarology Collection (A-building).

Contact person Kaisa Saikkonen

Origins of the Jyväskylä University Library Hungary Collection and exchange relations with Hungarian libraries

The old Hungary Collection (Unk var) has been augmented irregularly mainly through donations. Its origins lie in the book purchases of persons interested in Finnish-Hungarian culture already at the time of the Jyväskylä Teacher Training College. The first one of them was probably W. S. Schildt, a district doctor in Jyväskylä, who had Hungarian friends. Some of the books in the collection are presumably from the collection of Martti Airila, lecturer at the College. Unfortunately there is no donor information on the older books.

Our library has received some very valuable book donations, including the libraries of professor Y. H. Toivonen and linguist Eliel Lagercrantz, both of which contained a large amount of material related to Hungary. During professor Aarni Penttilä’s time, the collection was further augmented. At his request, the library subscribed to Hungarian journals, and his Estonian and Hungarian relationships helped the library acquire a substantial amount of literature.

In 1972, our library received a considerable number of very beautiful books printed in the 1800’s. They belonged to the collection of sculptor Yrjö Liipola and his wife Mara. This collection also includes book series of classic Hungarian authors. A large number of books have also been obtained from the duplicate collection of Helsinki University and Turku University Libraries.

When the exchange of publications started in the 1950’s, we received a very large amount of material from the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Könyvtára) in Budapest. Most of the books in the Hungary Collection were probably received from there. The Kultúra publishing house sent us literature in order to get foreign currency. The exchange of publications came to an end in the early 2000’s. Nowadays, books are bought via the Hungarian National Library – Országos Széchenyi Könyvtár.

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