Historical retrospectionOur library's present stock derive from the unification of the book-stocks of the Institute's two predecessors (Automation Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Computer Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) which took place in 1973. This is worth mentioning since, while one of Institutes purchased mainly technical books, because of their profile, the other one had rather mathematical books consequently, the two book-stocks complemented each other in a fortunate manner. This is how, for example, Servomechanisms and Regulating System Design by H. Chestnut and R. W. Mayer could appear as a collection together with Principia Mathematica by A. N. Whitehead and B. Russell.
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After the stock reduction that took place some years ago, now more than
16000 volumes and 200 kinds of journals are available for the readers.
A major part of the literature is written in English, a smaller part in
Hungarian, Russian and German.
The first computer system, developed at our Institute, was installed in
1988. This was replaced in 1993 by TINLIB
Integrated Library System, developed by Information Management
and Engineering Ltd in London. The system can be used for reference as
well. As a result of this, besides the file-card catalogue which has existed
since 1961 an electronic catalogue is kept in parallel, which can be accessed
from PC-s in the study area, and, since 1994 through the INTERNET. Since
1998 it can be reached by Web browsers also. At present the electronic
catalogue contains more than 10.000 items. Online search is possible based
on title, author, key-word, year of publication, etc. and also on combinations
of these. We plan to alter the old classification according to ETO with
check-ups based on subject headings.