Budapest University of Technology and Economics
National Technical Information Centre and Library

Natural Sciences Research Room

The concept of designing this reading room is to provide room to learn how to use academic literature and to study natural sciences and technologies. The reading room is open for all users of BME OMIKK services.

Against its former and still often used name - Reading Room of Chemistry - the documents and electronic information services that are available in this reading room cover much wider spectra of sciences. Current technical periodicals in print are offered in this reading room.

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  • K building, mezzanine floor 51.


  • from the Aula of the Library building across the Bridge of Sighs
  • from Textbooks Reading Room in the Central (K) building on internal stairs

Capacity and technical equipment

  • 60 seats
  • 6 computers
  • WiFi
  • electric sockets for computers at the seats
  • scanner and copy machine

Local use only (No circulation.)

Literature in print


Current volumes of journals on the shelves in thematic groups:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Traffic
  • Electronics
  • Informatics
  • Mechanics
  • Chemistry, Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Miscellaneous
    • General information
    • Photo, video

Indexing literature

Complete series of

  • Chemical Abstracts
  • Beilstein
  • Gmelin
  • Landolt Börnstein

Books in thematic groups

  • Chemical technology
  • Polymer science
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Handbooks
    • Perry's Handbook of Chemical Engineers
    • The Merck Index

Monographs in NATO ASI Series

Nearly 1000 monographs in almost all fields of advanced science published

Data stores

  • Printed and electronic versions of different data stores


  • Hungarian social, political weekly periodicals
  • Journals in English and in German

Access to databases and eJournals

From the computers in this reading room all services are accessible that are provided in BME OMIKK's domain.

Access and skilled assistance to SciFinder

Database of the Chemical Abstract Services

Only SciFinder® provides researchers with unlimited access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information.

SciFinder offers a one-stop shop experience with flexible search and discover options based on user input and workflow. You can search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references anytime, anywhere.

  • Make better, more confident decisions knowing that you have access to the largest collection of substances, reactions, and patent and journal references produced, compiled, and updated daily by CAS scientists around the world.
  • Save time with an array of powerful tools to search, filter, analyze and plan that allow you to quickly find the most relevant answers to your research questions.

Contents and services

  • Ten millions of abstracts with more than one million added per year
  • 5000 (cover-to-cover) indexed journals
  • Indexed patent information
  • Structural (graphical) search of materials
  • Links to full-text information - if it is subscribed by BME OMIKK or free
  • Value added information services

Access and skilled assistance to Reaxys

Reaxys is available from all computers in the BME's IP domain. Anyhow, it is recommended to use it in this reading room, at least for less experienced users.

Designed to help you find essential, relevant and actionable chemical data, Reaxys provides the answers to support critical decisions in all chemistry-related research fields, including drug discovery. Discover why leading researchers choose Reaxys.

Reaxys is far more than a chemical database. Features created in consultation with expert chemists and pharmaceutical researchers give you deeper insight into the data enabling more rapid and confident decisions, and cost-effective research.

Researchers and educators worldwide use Reaxys to delve into chemistry and drug discovery.

Information & Reference Service in the reading room

Assistance to using specialized databases and information services.
Assistance to using printed literature in the reading room.
Information on and assistance to general services in the library.

Reading rooms

The library offers five reading rooms with different services:

Using reading rooms

Our reading rooms can be visited with valid library passes, with BME Student Cards or with proof of active BME student status. Upon entering the reading room the above mentioned pass has to be handed over to the librarian on duty.

Readers can use reading rooms to read documents offered by the library, to read their own documents, to use terminals or to use their own computers. Documents are placed on labelled shelves of reading rooms by thematic fields. There are handbooks like dictionaries, encyclopaedias, lexicons and other reference materials that help learning.

Overcoats, luggage, food and drink must not be taken into the reading rooms. Please, leave them in the cloakroom at the entrance of the library or in a luggage cabinet in the foreroom of the textbooks reading room (Building K). Please, do not use mobile phone in the reading rooms.

Reading rooms and their services at a glance.

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Opening Hours


Workdays: 8:00-20:00

The Community room will be closed on 20th February from 4 pm


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