Hardwood dissolving pulp was treated with purified Trichoderma reesei endoglucanases and cellobiohydrolases. Endoglucanases were more efficient in hydrolysing pulp carbohydrates than were the cellobiohydrolases at the same protein dosage. Endoglucanases also lowered the viscosity and improved the alkaline solubility more dramatically. There was a clear correlation between the alkaline solubility and viscosity, and therefore the solubility could only be improved by lowering the viscosity of the pulp. At the same degree of cellulose degradation, endoglucanase II was found to be most effective in reducing the viscosity and thus improving the solubility. Cellobiohydrolases had a less pronounced effect on the viscosity or solubility.