Library Rules and Regulations of Miskolc City Library and Information Center

Based on the Act Nr. CXL. of 1997.

Maintainer of the Library:

  • Local Government of City of Miskolc — H-3525 Városház Square 8., Miskolc, Hungary

Library Administration:

  • Miskolc City Library and Information Centre Non-profit Ltd.
  • H-3530 Mindszent Square 2., Miskolc, Hungary
  • Phone: 0036 46 508 726
  • Mobile: 0036 30 637 2710
  • E-mail:
  • Web:

I. General Rules and Regulations

  • All users are encouraged to wear respectable clothing in the Library. Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other persons shall be required to leave the building.
  • Overcoats, raincoats, and other kinds of outdoor clothing, umbrellas, bags, cases, cameras, and similar personal belongings shall normally be deposited in the cloakroom during each visit to the Library. The use of the cloakroom is obligatory and is free of charge.
  • The Library is not responsible for belongings and values left in the handbags and outdoor clothings. Please keep your values with you when entering the Library.
  • Food and drink shall not be taken into the Library. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building.
  • Mobile telephones must be set to “silent mode” in the Library; the use of mobile telephones is only permitted in the forefront of the Library.
  • All users will be held responsible for any damage or loss of Library materials in their possession and will be required to meet the cost of replacement and processing.
  • Readers are permitted to bring their own books and other materials into the Library, but they must be shown to the staff at the entrance.
  • Any person who violates the rules of the Library will be warned, may be asked to leave the Library and can be excluded from the Library permanently or for a certain range of time.

II. Sevices of the Library

Since the Library is an open istitution, certain services may be used by any person who accepts the rules and regulations of the Library.

The Library registers some of the visitors’ personal data without asking for a fee.

Services free of charge:

  • Library visits for groups and individuals, Library lessons and trainings.
  • Indoor use of the documents placed in the Reading Rooms, Circulation Areas and Newspaper Reading Rooms.
  • Providing information about the Library, its collection and services.
  • Providing information about other libraries, their collection and serices, information about partner institutions.
  • Using the Library Open Access Public Catalog (OPAC).

Services subject to dues:

Services beyond the services free of charge may be subject to dues. The fees are based on the instructions of the Maintainer of the Library.


Using the Library requires registration. Based on the 57.§ (1) of the Act Nr CXL. of 1997, the following data must be registered: name, mother’s name, place and date of birth, address, number of the identity card or passport.

Applications for registration of public or high school students must be signed by a parent or guardian over 18. Personal data of the parent or guardian must be registered on the application form. For statistic purposes, the Library also asks for patrons’ occupation and place of work (or, the name of the school).
The data given must be verified by showing your ID card or passport to the staff when asked at registration. Any changes in your personal data should be reported to the Library.

By registering, you approve that the Library can store the data provided. All personal data are handled privately, the Library will not share them with third parties.

Registered patrons can always deregister and can ask the Library to permanenetly erase all data stored.

Library cards are valid for twelve months. If a patron is eligible for a reduced registrtation fee, it must be confirmed by the proper documents (eg. students’ card).

Eligible for a Library card free of charge:

  • any person under the age of 16
  • any person over the age of 70
  • members of Library and museum staff.

Registered patrons receive a Library card that contains the name and ID of the patron and also the name and data of the Library. Lost cards should be reported immediately. Lost cards are replaced by the Library for a fee. Library cards are not transferable.

By registering in one of the Branch Libraries, patrons gain access to all Branches without further charges. All Branches may re-register patrons’ personal data.


Documents can be borrowed only by Library cardholders with valid cards. Only patrons without dues can borrow documents form the Library. The number of documents can be borrowed from a Branch simultaneously:

  • 6 books/3 weeks
  • 8 music CDs and/or tapes/1 week
  • 8 audioboks/3 weeks
  • 3 video tapes and/or DVDs/3 days
  • 10 newspapers and/or magazines/1 week (latest issues cannot be borrowed)

Altogether a maximum amount of 20 documents (from all Branches) can be borrowed simultaneously.

In special cases partons can borrow reference material (for two days, ususally for the weekends) but will be asked to make a deposit. The deposit is the price of the document.

The Library assesses daily fines for overdue books.

Renewing borrowed books

Books can be renewed two times, while audiobooks, music CDs and tapes can be renewed on time only. Renewing can be requested by phone, via Internet or in person.

Placing a hold

Patrons can place a hold on materials that are currently borrowed. Placing a hold on a document can be requested by phone, via Internet or in person.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan can be requested if a certain document is not available in the collection of the Library. Interlibrary Loan can be a subject to dues by the lending Library. If so, the patron is required to meet the cost of the ILL.

Compensation for demaged and lost documents

All users will be held responsible for any damage or loss of Library materials in their possession and will be required to meet the cost of replacement and processing. Lost or demaged books can be replaced by the same edition of the same title. If it is not possible to acquire the certain document, the patron is required to pay the price of the document.


Upon request, Library staff – according to Copyright restrictions – will provide a limited number of copies of sections of non-restricted materials.

III. Rules of computer usage

  • Computer workstations may only be used by by Library cardholders with valid cards.
  • Using computer workstations requires a Computer Club membership or a payment of hourly fee.
  • Computer Club members may use computer workstations for an hour a day for free of charge.
  • Certain activities must be authorised by Library staff.
  • By using computer workstations, you agree to observe Library rules and regulations.
  • Computer workstations must be started and restarted only by Library staff members.
  • Patrons may not make changes to software preferences, including preferences of the Operating System. All malfunctions should be reported to Library staff members at once.
  • Patrons may not install any software to computer workstations, data downloaded from the Internet must be erased at the end of the session. Partons must observe Copyright restrictions — pirate material is prohibited.
  • No person shall use a Library workstation in a way that disturbs or interferes with users (eg. viewing or downloading pornography or violent material).
  • One workstation can only be shared by limited number of partons simultaneously (ask staff members for details).

Library Fines & Fees

Following fines and fees are valid from January 1., 2011.

Registration Fees

Any person under the age of 16 or over 70, members of Library and museum staff, any person with visual impairment or hearing losses: FREE
Students over the age of 16, teachers, retired persons under the age of 70: 400 HUF/year
Adults: 800 HUF/year

Computer Usage

Computer Club Membership: 1000 HUF/year; 500 HUF/6 months
Computer usage for non-members of the Computer Club: 100 HUF/hour

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan can be a subject to dues by the lending Library. If so, the patron is required to meet the cost of the ILL.

Replacement Fee

Price of the document lost or demaged.

Additional Fines and Fees

Replacing lost Library card: 100 HUF
Newspaper Club (allows borrowing newspapers and magazines): 500 HUF/year
Music Club (allows borrowing music CDs and tapes): 500 HUF/year
Video Club ((allows borrowing video tapes and DVDs): 500 HUF/year
Printing (B&W): 30 HUF/page
Printing (color): 100 HUF/page
Photocopying (B&W): 10 HUF/page (single sided); 15 HUF/page (double sided)
Photocopying (color): 15 HUF/page (single sided); 25 HUF/page (double sided)
Photocopying (size A3): 15 HUF/page (single sided); 25 HUF/page (double sided)
Borrowing reference material: Deposit necessary (price of the document)
Cloak Room usage: FREE
Overdue document fine: 10 HUF/document/day (+ postal fee)