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„Reception and acceptance” - Libraries for local communities Conference 
15.04.2015. Szentendre, Hungary

On the Occasion of the International Librarians Day the Pest County Library  - in co-operation with Szentendre Municipality  - organized a conference on 15 April 2015 celebrating among others its 40th anniversary. We invited librarian delegates from Pest conty and our twin towns as well to participate at the  „Reception and acceptance - Libraries for local communities" conference.


2001 Szentendre, PO Box. 67, Hungary
E-mail: info@pmk.hu
Telephone: 003626310222

  Adult Library and Phonotheca Children Library
Monday 9-19 10-18
Tuesday 9-19 10-18
Wednesday closed closed
Thursday 9-19 10-18
Friday 9-19 10-18
Saturday 9-13 9-13

About the Pest Country Library

Pest County Library's building designer was Miklós Hofer, decorated with mosaics of Jenő Barcsay.







Jenő Barcsay (January 14, 1900, Katona /Romanian: Cătina, Cluj/, Kolozs County Transylvania, Austria–Hungary - April 2, 1988, Budapest) was a Hungarian painter, graphic artist and teacher.

Year of foundation of Library: 1952
Since 1975 in Szentendre
Floor area: 3000 m².
The institute consists of two levels, five points are customer service.
Storages: 1 compact mobile storage system, and other smaller bookstores
Common areas: lobby, theatre, club rooms (2 items)
30-person staff of which 22 persons librarian
The library has more than 200 thousand documents, online catalogue and interactive website.
Scope of the Collections: general, especially the artistic, pedagogical literature and works of local history for Szentendre and Pest county.

The Pest County Library has a double mission:

  • To provide the basic services to the libraries of Pest County;
  • To provide high-level information and document services to Szentendre and the region.

In order to fulfill these objectives, the Library promotes:

  • Literacy development;
  • Education and life-long learning;
  • Dissemination of cultural values;
  • Diffusion of the results of scientific and scholarly research;
  • Rewarding use of free time.

To do so,

  • the LibraryEnriches, discloses and makes available its collections;
  • To spread information culture, it uses modern information technology;
  • Participates in obtaining and professionally evaluating information on the Internet;
  • Enriches and develops its services to meet user requirements;
  • Monitors and assists the services of the libraries in Pest County.












Registered Visitors may use the following services:

  • visit the library
  • use of documents on open shelves
  • read periodicals
  • use the NAVA (national audiovisual archive)
  • use the catalogues of the library
  • obtain information on the services of the library and its systems
  • participate at library events
  • use the Internet and WiFi 

Enrolled Readers may use the following services beyond the above:

  • borrow documents
  • use information services
  • use the protected documents of the library on the spot
  • access to the databases on the internal network of the library (EBSCO)
  • reserve books
  • borrow via inter-library loan.

Enrolment to the Children’s Library requires a student ID or parental presence; we suggest its use up to 14 years of age. Readers above 16 must have their Reader’s Card to the Adult Library to be able to use the Children’s Library.


Readers acknowledge their acceptance of the Rules of Using the Library by signing the Reader’s Declaration upon enrolling to the Library.

Six books can be borrowed for a month at a time in both the Adult and Children’s Library.

Our collection includes items which cannot be borrowed at all or only for a shorter period:

  • the books marked with a yellow stripe can be read only in the Reading Room;
  • pre-1945 documents cannot be borrowed for conservation reasons;
  • dailies and periodicals cannot be borrowed;

Borrowing from the Phonotheca is specially, limited to persons above 16 years of age.

If there is no reservation for the item concerned, the reader may request prolongation once personally or by telephone, or enter it online through the Library website.

If a book a reader wants to borrow is on loan, he can reserve it, and we will notify him or her by telephone, e-mail or text message when the book is returned.

Inter-library Loan (ODR, National Document Supply System)
If books sought for are not in the stock of the Library, we can borrow them from other libraries. Users can thus become readers of the entire Hungarian and much of the international library system.











On the spot reading
As a public library, the Library is open for anyone to read on the spot. Its open-shelf materials are accessible to not only Enrolled Readers, but also for those with passes issued free of charge. Our Journal Room offers a choice of over 300 dailies, weeklies and other periodicals, including not only Hungarian ones, but also English, French, German, Serb, Slovak, as well as cross-border Hungarian periodical publications. The Children’s Library subscribes to 15 children’s magazines.

Technical Assistance
General questions about the use of the Library and the catalogues are answered by librarian assistants at the Library. Our reference librarians help and give advice on finding documents.

Reference Team
Our reference librarians are at the service of readers during opening hours, helping them use the reference apparatus, providing or helping to find information personally or on the phone, answering orally or in writing.

The Pest County Library organizes training and further training courses for librarians in the county.
The Library also offers readers and users courses in line with requirements of life-long learning and teaching the use of modern IT tools (courses on the Internet, Internet banking, the electronic administration website Client Gate, QR-code etc.).
We also offer classes on using a library and special literature classes for schools on prior arrangement.

Technical Services
Users may make photocopies of documents unaided or with the help of librarian assistants. On tapes they bring, users may have the staff of the Phonotheca make duplicates of audio materials and handycam films. The Book Binding Workshop of the Library undertakes to bind books and diploma theses, as well as coil bind or laminate documents.

Electronic Services
The Library has an Internet Room (Vajda Room) with 10 computers for users wanting to search the Internet; one of the computers is linked to a printer.The Library being eMagyarország Pont (eHungary Point), users can have free access to groups of links for obtaining information on government and society, public life, economy, education, culture, and recreation.
The Library being a NAVA Point, users can have unlimited access to the NAVA (National Audiovisual Archive), the legal deposit archive of Hungarian national broadcasters, collecting audiovisual content. Users can search and view the programmes that Hungarian terrestrial televisions and radios broadcast, and that were produced in or relating to Hungary.
Available now in Hungarian, too (the original being in English), EBSCOhost provides full-text databases in a wide range of disciplines, including the social sciences, education, natural sciences, and medicine from the materials of the world’s leading publishers, journals and information suppliers. It is important to note that, in contrast to other websites, all subject indexing on EBSCO is done by professionals. It is updated every day, and its use is free of charge at our Library.
Our Szentendre and Pest County Press Tracking Service is a full-text and subject indexed database of all articles published in the national papers and periodicals on Szentendre and Pest County.

Online Services
The integrated library system SZIKLA is accessible through our website, its services include:

  • search in the catalogue
  • view one’s own data sheet
  • make suggestions for purchases
  • request tracking services
  • reserve documents on loan
  • request a list of one’s current borrowings
  • request a list of one’s prior borrowings
  • enter prolongation of loan periods
  • request information on factual and public knowledge stored at the library
  • initiate inter-library loans
  • ‘hold’ books found in the catalogue. 


Adult Library
The Library offers readers a spacious, air-conditioned Reading Room – also the venue for our events –, a Journal Room, an electronic catalogue and lending system, as well as some 150,000 books. Our stock has an annual increase of around 8-9 thousand books. New books are available a few weeks after their appearance on the market.
Our scope of collection is general, but we focus on education and the fine arts. We take into account our readers’ requests in our purchases. We have a significant foreign-language collection, including works in English, German, French, bilingual and easy-reading editions.
With an atmosphere conducive to concentrated work, our Reading Room has a wide variety of reference books, encyclopaedias, comprehensive works on its shelves for on-the-spot reading.
Two-thirds of our stock for lending are placed in stores, which the catalogue and librarians provide information on. Store service is available until 5 p.m. Requests made later are fulfilled on the next day the Library is open. There are about 50,000 books available on open shelves in the Reading Room.
As required by the times, we provide access to the Internet, computer databases and CD-ROMs. Our reference librarians assist readers in their use.

Our audiovisual collection, customarily called Phonotheca, is the fastest developing section of our institution, and is widely popular among our visitors. Our purchases have an increasingly wide range, and seek to keep up with rapid developments in information and computer technology.
With over 20,000 items, the collection is made up of several types of document (CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMs, Bakelite Records, Audio Cassettes, Videos), encompassing the full range of the fine arts and scientific popularization. Learned librarians inform and advise users during opening hours. Users can search the entire collection in our online catalogue.





Local History and Knowledge Collection
It is part of our mission to assist those wanting to learn about and study Szentendre and its region. We have a separate stock of documents on the historical County of Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun and the current Pest County (since 1950). It is of great use to researchers, students writing their theses, authors drafting their works or anyone interested in a given settlement. The core of the collection is made up of some 9,000 books, most of them published before 1945. Monographs or co-authored works in the collection treat the geographical, social, economic, political, and cultural conditions of various settlements.

Almost all 187 settlements in Pest County publish newspapers, some more than one. The Library offers a rich selection from among them, providing special and fresh information. We store and provide access to microfilm copies of pre-1945 papers.
Running for over a decade, our Szentendre and Pest County press tracking service is a database of all articles published in the national papers and periodicals on Szentendre and Pest County. Articles on Szentendre are available in a dedicated paper-clipping collection.
Collected by settlement, leaflets (invitation and mourning cards, programme booklets, posters, etc.) are an important source of information for both researchers and the general public. We also collect postcards, important not only as illustrations, but as documents of art, architectural and photographic history, urban development for researchers.
The documents the Library has itself issued on Szentendre and Pest County are also part of the collection, some of them are digitalized and accessible on our website. These documents cannot be borrowed.

Children Library
We have some 30,000 books you can borrow, an excellent collection of reference books (you can’t borrow these) with the help of which you can easily do your homework and discover the world; an online catalogue which our librarians can teach you to use alone; many games and playful activities (check out their times on our website), and helpful librarians.
If you want to come with your class:
We have events explaining what a library is for and how to use it for school and kindergarten groups. Ask your teacher to contact our staff and arrange your coming and a theme a week in advance.
Finding your way among the shelves:
We have arranged the books on the shelves and in the rooms so that you can easily find what you want and are interested in.

Here is our grouping: 

  • pop-up, accordion and picture books 
  • learned books 
  • parents’ shelves 
  • tales 
  • myths 
  • poems 
  • novels 
  • compulsory readings for primary-school children 
  • foreign-language books 
  • biographies 
  • handbooks (encyclopaedias, dictionaries, etc.). 

Moreover, your parents will not be bored either:
Our ‘Parents’ Shelves’ assist them in preparing for kindergarten and school, in finding solutions for problems in the family, bringing up and schooling. We also have many colourful and exciting magazines for you to read!

Reading Trees in Pest county

There was a joint program with the libraries in Pest county in 2014 summer.
We wanted to call attention to the reading and created the Pest County Reading Trees with cooperation of the libraries.
The Reading Trees in the libraries in Pest county were beginning to bloom with several leaves. Children and adults add leaves to the tree in their library. The leaves contain their favourite books and authors name.
After the leaves have been collected and aggregated we got the libraries / towns / Pest county favourite reading lists!