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II. Rákóczi Ferenc County and City Library

The predecessor institution of II. Rákóczi Ferenc County and City Library was established in Miskolc in 1899. The first collection consisted of a civilian book donation offered for the benefits of the public. The library moved to its final central building with a floor area of 4,800 m² in 1972, and has served its visitors ever since. Using state aid, it provides library services in settlements with less than 5,000 inhabitants throughout Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County (318 settlements).

Besides the headquarters, library duties are performed in 7 branch libraries in different parts of the city. The branch libraries are named after famous Hungarian poets and writers like Attila József, Margit Kaffka, József Lévay, Ferenc Móra, Sándor Petőfi, Lőrinc Szabó and Mihály Tompa. In these libraries, nearly 1 million documents on local knowledge, foreign language, museum, audiovisual, electronic, digital and music documents await those interested.

Szabó Lőrinc Foreign Language Library is available to users in the listed building of the former Doleschall mansion, including the collection of Miskolc national minorities as well. This library holds more than 70 thousand documents, books, journals, language books and dictionaries. Literature in foreign languages, mainly English, German and French, forms a significant part of the collection, and the extensive selection also supports to learn the languages of many Central European and more distant countries. Language learners are welcome in German, English, Spanish, French and Polish language clubs.

Audiobooks on literature and entertainment recorded on CD and DVD disks are available for blind and partially sighted persons from the lending library of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted. The collection contains 16,000 audiobooks, the audio library makes the text on the screen audible with the support of a computer with special software.

In the county and in the city, high-quality library programs provide entertainment, education and cultural learning. The services provided by the library are available to everyone, use on site is free, our online services are available 24 hours a day: www.rfmlib.hub,