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Wellington City Libraries

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Ngā rauemi mā ngā kaikōrero Hanekariana Resources for Hungarian speakers

Wellington City Libraries has Magazines, Books, DVDs and Music CDs in Hungarian, as well as many useful resources on Hungarian topics of interest in English.

Newspapers & magazines

You may read magazines in the library or borrow copies for one week with your library card.

Finding current newspapers in Hungarian is easy. Just enter your Wellington library card and last name into PressDisplay. It is very up to date, with some newspapers appearing before they are published in Hungary. Pages can be printed or emailed. You can browse one newspaper on a particular day or search across many titles going back 60 days.

Examples available include Vilaggazdasag, Uzlet Hatarok Nelkul, Dunantuli Naplo, Kelet Magyarorszag, Neplap.

All libraries provide free internet access to these and selected other Hungarian newspapers.


Books in Hungarian:

Books in Hungarian are held on the First Floor of the Central Library, to the left of the stairs, near the Arts, Music & Literature Enquiries Desk. You may read these books in the Library, or borrow them for 3 weeks with your Library Card.

Books in English:

Our fiction collection is shelved alphabetically by author surname. We have several Hungarian novels translated into English and many novels set in Hungary.

Detective story, by Imre Kertész. (Nobel Prize in Literature)

The book of fathers, by Miklos Vamos.

Celestial harmonies, by Peter Esterhazy.

Our non-fiction or fact books are organised by a numbering system and the same system is used at all branches. Most books can be borrowed for 3 weeks. If no copies are currently available, you can reserve one with your Library Card.

Here are some subjects you may find useful:

  • 494.5113: Hungarian-English dictionaries
  • 500s: science, the universe, plants and animals
  • 640-649: home care, cooking and parenting (including Hungarian recipes at 641.59439 e.g. The cuisine of Hungary by George Lang
  • 650s: information on working in New Zealand
  • 700s: art, calligraphy, music, movies & entertainment
  • 800s: literature, including poetry, plays, essays and letters
  • 900s: countries, travel and history, including travel to Hungary (914.39) and Hungarian history ( 943.905), and New Zealand travel (919.31) and history (993.1).

Culinaria Hungary, by Aniko Gergely.

Please ask us if you need help finding anything you need.

DVDs & Music CDs

CDs and DVDs may be borrowed for 1 week with your Library Card. A borrowing fee is charged for Sound & Vision materials.

Many DVDs in English can be viewed with Hungarian sub-titles. Search the catalogue.

Music CDs are on the Ground Floor of Central Library, in the Sound & Vision Centre. Look for the World Music: Hungary section.

music cds

Live from Budapest , Roby Lakatos and his ensemble.

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