Library – Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation


The library and archival collections house a great variety of books, periodicals, videos, recordings, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, maps and archival materials that preserve and demonstrate the values and contributions to Hungarian culture and American Hungarian life.

Over 60,000 volumes, including rare books from the fifteenth century, comprise the library collection of the Foundation, which is an affiliate library of Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. This cooperation with Rutgers University integrates the holding into a national and international system, which is available throughout this country and abroad – affording greater opportunities for both personal and scholarly research.

At the moment the published materials are cataloged online and are accessible through IRIS, the online catalog of Rutgers University. The Foundation is striving to have all of its remaining materials available online.With an average yearly growth of 1,750 volumes, the Foundation’s library space serves many interested individuals and institutions on either a walk-in or long-distance basis.


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AHF Library - Archive Usage Policy

Library Borrowing
The loan period is 28 days for all materials charged out.
You may check out up to 25 items on your card at one time.
Borrowers are responsible for:
* All material checked out. Do not loan it to others.
* Knowing due dates.
* Returning or renewing materials on time.
* Notifying the Library of any change of address.

AHF Library - Archive Usage Policy

Donating books/materials to the AHF Library:

In the past, the Foundation library has benefited greatly from the gifts of books and other materials and continues to welcome gifts of materials that support the goals of the American Hungarian Foundation.

Any proposed gifts must be carefully evaluated in order to determine their utility to the Library’s users. Particular interest is paid to scholarly, current, or rare items in good physical condition with research value for items which document the history and contributions of Hungarians to America and Hungarian culture and literature. In evaluating proposed gifts of materials, the Foundation must consider the resources required and costs incurred in handling, accessioning, processing, cataloging, storing, conserving, preserving, and providing access to contributed materials. For these reasons, the Library cannot accept all offered gifts of materials but will make selections from the materials that are so generously offered by prospective donors. Selection decisions will balance research value against considerations of cost and resource allocation.

If it is necessary to decline the offer of a gift, alternative recipients will be suggested whenever possible. If any unsolicited materials are mailed, dropped off or otherwise delivered to the American Hungarian without regard to this policy statement and the Libraries’ review procedures, the Library reserves the right to use or dispose of such materials in any manner we deem appropriate and without any obligation whatsoever to the person who delivered such materials.

Gifts of materials that are accepted by the Foundation become the absolute and unconditional property of the Library. Any large or significant gift of materials that the Library accepts must be documented by a Deed of Gift executed by both the donor and the Foundation when the gift is accessioned and acknowledged.

A gift to the American Hungarian Foundation may have significant legal and tax consequences, and all prospective donors are encouraged to consult with their legal, tax, and financial advisers before finalizing any gift. In particular, donors and their advisers should familiarize themselves with Internal Revenue Service requirements for claiming charitable tax deductions. The Library, as a recipient, may not provide a monetary appraisal of a gift for tax purposes, and we may not commission or pay for such appraisals.

The Library will endeavor to process and catalog in a timely manner all gift materials selected for the collections. However, the Library cannot promise to process and catalog gift materials within a stipulated time period or by a specified date.

Any questions regarding the American Hungarian Foundation’s Libraries’ policy on gifts of materials may be directed to:

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American Hungarian Foundation

300 Somerset Street, PO Box 1084

New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Office: 732.846.5777  Fax: 732.249.7033

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-3 or by Appointment

Saturday: 9:30-1 or by Appointment

Sunday & Monday: Closed 

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