Founded in 1955, the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit membership organization located on the premises of the Hungarian House, in Yorkville, the traditional Hungarian neighborhood of New York.
The Library is the hub of literary, cultural and social life for the Tri-State Hungarian-American community, organizing numerous meet-the-author events and book launches with award-winning, bestseller writers; academic lectures with leading historians and scientists; a monthly film club; concerts, plays and other cultural events.
The Library places special emphasis on offering a meeting place and programming to English speakers interested in all things Hungarian. Throughout the year we offer several Hungarian language courses, for various levels, taught by native speakers.
Our 6,000-volume book collection is overseen by a professional librarian and is available for reading and lending during library hours, or by appointment. The collection is constantly expanding, and in addition to our books on history and reference materials, it contains current bestseller Hungarian literature, fiction from Hungarian-American authors in English, and Hungarian-related books in the English language. We also have a books-by mail service.
All current and past event information can be found on our homepage, as well as on our Facebook page and group.
Levels of Membership:
The Short Story Circle (Kosztolányi Kör) is for individual students and seniors. ($20 per year);
The Novel Circle (Márai Sándor Kör) provides full membership for the entire family. ($40 per year);
The Best-Seller Circle (Arany János Támogatói Kör) is for our special supporters. ($100 per year).
Membership dues and donations may be paid by check, in person or by mail, or on our secure homepage using PayPal.
Come visit us, volunteer, and lend your support to a rare institution in New York so that this historic, significant bastion of Hungarian culture can continue to flourish!