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American Hungarian Library and Historical Society

Founded in 1955, AHLHS is a hub of literary, cultural and social life for the tri-state Hungarian American community.
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Founded in 1955, the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization located inside the Hungarian House in Yorkville, a neighborhood in New York City that was the center of the Hungarian community for nearly 100 years.


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 2,000-volume book collection is overseen by a librarian and is available for reading and lending during library hours, or by appointment. We endeavor to update our collection with recently published books from contemporary authors and has a dedicated children’s corner with many new books aimed at the younger members of our community. 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. 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!

Due to limited resources please contact us for opening ours or come and join us a volunteer.

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