The library of the village had worked since 1960 as the depositary of the Library of Szentes Township [Szentes Járási Könyvtár] with the leadership of a librarian with honorarium. Placement and loaning of the books were done in the clubroom of the local community centre. The opening hours of the library were accommodated to the opening hours of the community centre: on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 2 to 7 pm. The initial number of 624 deposited books constantly increased. The stock was enriched by new volumes from new deposits, the action of "Agricultural associations for the libraries", as a gift from the local collectives, accepting books from the State Farm of Derekegyház [Derekegyházi Állami Gazdaság], as a gift from the County Library, together with books purchased from the allowance for developing the library provided by the executive committee of the local council. Four more deposit library belonged to the library. These were: Ótompahát, Lajosszállás, Mágocsoldal, and Lajostanya. The deposit libraries took place in suburban schools, where commissioned pedagogues who worked there loaned books to pupils and farmers. From time to time with the help of the cultural car of the Council of Szentes Township books were assorted and transported to the borrowing station taking demands of deposit librarians into consideration. By the increase of number of the books, the circulation also increased. By 1967, the book holdings reached the number of 6104; the number of readers was 435. The increased book holdings and the rise of the number and demands of readers made it essential to enlarge the room of the library. The executive committee exhibited its proposal to the council‑board concerning building up the open wing at the community centre. Constructional work started in 1969. In 1970 the library was opened with the ground‑space of 50 m2. From 1st January 1971 the library worked as an autonomic village public education library with a full‑time and from 1978 with a part‑time librarian.
With the termination of suburban schools in 1970, the depository libraries also closed except for the depository library of Ótompahát. New libraries were set up on the local swine-farm of the State Farm of Derekegyház and the local Factory of the Clothes Factory of Szeged. The union of the neighbouring village Árpádhalom also brought the union of the libraries. The library of Árpádhalom worked as the deposit library of the library of Nagymágocs from 1977 to 1990. In the beginning of the 1990s the deposits closed by the ceasing of positions, too.
In 1985 the library was enlarged again, the club room of the community centre was attached to the library, so it was possible to create a children's department and reading room at the same time. This way the education library worked on a 120 m2 area.
In the 1980s the library regularly organized reading camps for the neighbouring villages' pupils and for the pupils of the Horváth Mihály Secondary Grammar School, Szentes. By giving the community centre to an enterprise, the library took up the duties of public education: organizing study groups and cultural events.
From 1989 the local newspaper ‘Nagymágocsi Hírmondó' has been edited in the library. Three local history publications has been released about Nagymágocs in the series of ‘Brochures about Nagymágocs', they were made with the contribution of the library.
From 1st January 1991 the library became an autonomously managed institution by applying two full‑time employees, a part‑time cleaner, and a four-hour assistant. From 1994 two full‑time, one six-hour, and one four-hour employees served the duties. In 1995 the number of employees was reduced to two. From 1st January 1996 the library was institutionally and economically merged with the local primary school. Institutionally the library was inferior to the school, but it was managed with a separate budget on a professional basis. Two full‑time librarians served the duties of the public education library and the school library. The library worked in two buildings and three rooms on an area of 160 m2 altogether. In the library room in the building of the school the literature needed for the pedagogical work was placed.
In 1993 the leader of the library promoted to set up a ‘Tele Cottage' in the library. The leader theoretically got the acceptance, but no financial support. Besides the tools won by applications, the lack of direct telephone telephone‑line and the failure of the support needed, the Tele Cottage was discontinued after a few months. The library together with the "For the Children of Nagymágocs" Foundation applied for a tender to set up a Tele Cottage, and it won support. The Tele Cottage opened on 19th March 1999, the library provides the place, and the workers of the library provide services in their working hours.
In the 2000s day‑care‑like, tradition‑preventing summer camps were regularly accomplished, primarily for local children.
On 1st July 2003 the community centre formerly working as an enterprise, the library, the newly formed tourists' hostel, and the local history collection were consolidated to form a new municipal public education institution. The institution worked as a public education centre until 30th June 2008. Because of financial reasons from 1st July 2008 the authority of the institution was abolished by the municipality. A general education centre was formed by consolidating the primary school, the kindergarten, and the newly set up nursery.
On 1st January 2013 the primary school separated from the general education centre, it came under national operation. From the separation on 1st August 2014 the following function as autonomic institutions: the kindergarten, the nursery – and the community centre, the library, the local history collection, and the tourists' hostel as the education centre.
The library's holdings on 31st December 2014 holdings are:
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The editorial staff of ‘Nagymágocsi Hírmondó' functions in the library. We organize writer‑reader meetings, educational lectures, regularly hold introduction to the library and use of the library lessons. We organize quizzes and competitions for children in literature connected to current events.
The library has exploited the wide spectrum of possibilities of tenders for years. Support won from tenders meant a major leap in developing the library.
We attempt to satisfy the information and educational needs of the inhabitants and the pupils of the local school by our tools and opportunities. Our aim is to increase the availability of information and documents. We intend to enhance the library's role as being the local information centre where users, besides traditional library services, can draw on those telematics tools that are needed for work, learning, and getting information. Besides maintaining and high quality developing of our present services, our aim is to increase the information equality of the disadvantaged social groups. We ensure that they can draw on traditional and online library services.
We organize programmes to develop the culture of reading by the collaboration of the local literature company and invited lecturers.
By creating an unhindered, interactive web page, establishing an overall, electronic library catalogue, we provide the possibility to get information about our library and documents.
We are setting up a local history electronic library database in order to preserve the local history heritage.
We are broadening the number of users' up-to-date techniques of getting information by handing out elements of electronic literacy.
Petőfi Sándor Community Centre and Library of Nagymágocs
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