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Mission Statement & General Policies

The mission of the Abilene Public Library is to provide materials, services, and programs to help community residents obtain information which meets their personal, educational, professions, and recreational needs.

Rules Governing the Use of the Library

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Updated May 4, 2015: Find information on the general rules on behavior serving a threefold purpose: to protect the rights and safety of library patrons, to protect the rights and safety of staff members, and to preserve and protect the library's materials, facilities, and property.

Safe Child Policy

To keep the library a safe place for our children, children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Children under the age of 15 must be collected by a responsible family member aged 16+ at closing.  If no one appears to collect the child, staff will contact the Abilene Police Department for a welfare check, and to return the child to the appropriate custodian(s).

Registration Policy

Free library cards are available to residents of the City of Abilene.  Individuals must present a Photo ID and verification of their current address.  Library cards are also available, at no charge, to military personnel (active, retired, and family) resident outside of the Abilene's city limits with a valid DoD card.  You may find printable registration forms, an online registration form, and additional information on acquiring a Library Card here.

Non-resident cards are available to Texas residents residing outside of the City of Abilene for a $10 annual fee.  Children of non-residents through 17 years of age with parental approval may apply for a library card.  Identification requirements are the same as those for residents.

Circulation of Material

Circulating materials shall be selected books, periodicals, sound recordings, and videotapes.  The normal loan period is 3-weeks, although this may be adjusted for materials in high demand.  The borrowing privileges of the Abilene Public Library shall be.

  • The borrowing privileges of the library patrons in good standing are limited only by the restrictions upon the specific kinds of circulating materials.
  • Patrons who do not have their library card may borrow materials if they provide a Photo ID.
  • Patrons in good standing who are 18 years of age or older may borrow DVDs.
  • The borrowing privileges of delinquent patrons are suspended until any overdue materials have been returned AND overdue charges are paid, under the $3.00 limit, or being handled through the Partial Payment program.
Internet Use and Policy Guidelines

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The fundamental goal of the library is to provide services that will contribute to the educational development and cultural vitality of Abilene.  To achieve, the Library's mission is to provide access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the Internet.

The Library assumes responsibility only for the information provided on its homepage and website.  The Internet is a gateway to information of great diversity and there is currently no external monitoring of Internet content.  While most of the information accessed can be valuable and enlightening, the user may also find materials that are controversial, unreliable, personally offensive, or illegal under the U.S. law.

The Library is not responsible for changes in the content of the sources to which patrons link, nor the contents of sources accessed through secondary links.  The Library can neither censor access to all controversial material nor protect users from information they find offensive.

Internet Access Agreement Form

While using the Internet on library workstations, we ask that all guests agree to accept and abide by the terms and conditions laid forth by our Internet Use and Policy Guidelines.  When logging onto a library workstation, you will be prompted to accept a digital version of the agreement form prior to accessing the Internet.

Display of Posters, Pamphlets, and Flyers

The library is a public forum; therefore, the library adheres to the following policy concerning the display of information on posters, pamphlets, and flyers.

  • Public posters, pamphlets, and flyers may be displayed as space permits on a first-come, first-served basis on library bulletin boards or spaces set aside for this purpose.  Materials cannot exceed 16" by 20" without permission.
  • Only one item may be posted per event or function.
  • Commercial advertising will not be posted.
  • Any questions regarding this policy should be referred to the library director.  Final authority rests with the Director of Community Services.
Exhibits Policy

The Abilene Public Library welcomes the opportunity to allow community groups, organizations, or individuals to use the various exhibit cases of the library. Space is provided for exhibits of an educational, cultural, civic, or recreational nature. Acceptance of an exhibit by the library does not constitute an endorsement by the library of the group’s or individual’s policies or beliefs. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to set up and remove the exhibit. Exhibits will be scheduled for a period of one calendar month to begin with the first working day of the month and to end with the last working day of the month. Exceptions must be approved by library administration. The library is not responsible for any item exhibited. The library cannot provide storage for the property of organizations or individuals exhibiting in the library. Exhibits that (A) would tend to incite or produce imminent lawless action, (B) are obscene, (C) are obviously false or contain misleading information, (D) are defamatory, or (E) are purely commercial advertising will not be displayed. Concerns, questions or complaints about library exhibits should be referred to library administration.

Program Policy

The Abilene Public Library shall conduct programs, promotions, and publicity to fulfill its mission in the community. All library programs shall be open to the general public, but some programs may be designed with specific audiences in mind (i.e. children's programs, toddler events, parenting programs, etc). Programs targeted toward specific audiences will be publicized as such. Library-initiated programming is a library resource that provides information, education, and recreation to library users. Library-initiated programming utilizes library staff, books, library and community resources, people, displays and media presentations. The library often incorporates cooperative programming with other agencies, organizations, and educational institutions, as well as other resources, to communicate with library users. Library-initiated programs should provide “for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves,” as stated in Article 1 of the Library Bill of Rights. Selection of library programs topics, speakers, courses, classes, and resource materials should be made by library staff on the basis of the interests and needs of library users and the community. Library programming should not exclude topics, books, speakers, media and other resources because they might be controversial. Acceptance of a program topic by the library does not constitute an endorsement by the library of the group’s or individual’s policies or beliefs. The library does not conduct programming that is purely commercial or religious in nature. Concerns, questions or complaints about library-initiated programs should be referred to library administration.

Meeting Room Use

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The meeting rooms of the Abilene Public library are available free to all non-profit groups and for a fee of $10.00/hr to profit and non-resident groups at the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch.  The South Branch Library also offers access to a meeting room at a rate of $50.00 for the first two hours (free to non-profits) with an optional $25.00 fee for use of advanced AV equipment.
  • Meetings must be free and open to the public.
  • No admission fee or donation may be required or solicited from those attending meetings in the library.  Merchandise available from a speaker is allowed; however, 20% of the sales must be donated to the Friends of the Library.
  • Use of the library's meeting rooms does not constitute endorsement of viewpoints expressed by participants.
  • Meeting rooms are not available for private parties such as birthday parties, showers, or family reunions.
  • Library programs receive priority in the scheduling of the meeting rooms.
  • The library reserves the right to change, cancel, or revoke reservations for meeting rooms.  If changes or cancellations are necessary, the library will provide the affected group as much notice as possible.
  • Meetings or gatherings of any kind that would interfere (such as number of people greater than room size limits, activity or noise levels that disturb other users) with the operation of the library or the safety of its users are prohibited.
  • TV/VCR, overhead projector and other equipment can be furnished by the library, pending availability, or organizations may use their own equipment.  The library is not responsible for the loss and/or damage to personal materials used in conjunction with library equipment.
  • Meetings of individuals under the age of 18 years must have an adult sponsor present.
  • Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver at all times in all parts of the library building.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the library.  Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on library property.
  • Groups may not receive mail at the library's address, or publish the library's phone number as a contact for the organization or the meeting.
  • Library staff is unable to deliver messages to meeting participants, except in cases of emergency.

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