The Organization of the Library
The University Library of the University of Pécs consists of fifteen library units.
History of the Library
After World War I the University of Bratislava moved to Pécs but the material of the university library remained in Bratislava. Despite the difficult financial circumstances which followed the war, the supplementation of the library stock – thanks to the donations of private persons and libraries – progressed relatively fast. The then bishop of Pécs, Gyula Zichy put the building and the stock of the bishop’s library at the disposal of the university together with the ancient volumes of the Klimo Library. The systematization and the professional processing of the library material were started by one of the outstanding persons of Hungarian library science, József Fitz. This stock constitutes the basis of the collection of the Central Library.
The growth of the collection was always determined by the faculties taught at the university. As the number of faculties increased so did the library as the literature of the new sciences appeared in it. Its stock of books and periodicals is formed in cooperation with the various faculty libraries.
The main task of the library is to facilitate the educational, research, healing, scientific and artistic activities carried out at the university, but as a public library it is also open to the citizens of the region. It is one of the bases of domestic interlibrary document services. As the head institution of the library network of the University of Pécs it organizes the activities of the faculty and institute libraries and also performs central tasks. Its use of an integrated computerized library system ensures the usage of domestic and foreign databases necessary for research.
Its most recent tasks include making the library’s most valuable books and those in greatest demand available using the latest digital techniques. The Museum of University History has been a part of the library organization since 2004 and the exhibition at No. 3 Szepesy Ignác Street has been open to the public since 2010. More about the history of the library.
Since October 2010 the Central Library has operated in the South-Transdanubian Regional Library and Knowledge Centre at No. 2/a Universitas Street. (Link TK)
The Future Vision of the University Library of the University of Pécs
The Library of the University of Pécs aims to be the foremost specialized scientific library of the region serving educational, learning, research, healing and artistic activities through its integrated network.
The Mission of the University Library of the University of Pécs
In this age where society is based on information and knowledge the University Library defines itself as an institute which