Choose a selection below to learn more about the myriad of services offered at your Abilene Public Library.
Need help learning to use a PC, create a resume, navigate the Internet, setup an email, etc? Sign-up for 1-on-1 assistance with library staff. Contact your preferred location to schedule a time with us.
In partnership with Meals-On-Wheels, participants may sign up to receive library materials delivered to your door through our Books-On-Wheels program. For information on getting started, call 325-676-6025.
Community Bulletin Board
All locations offer space to display events, resources, etc. If you wish to have something added, visit us and speak with library staff. Posted materials must adhere to our Community Board Guidelines.
Free Tax Help (February - April)
In conjunction with the American Association for Retired People (AARP), we offer an annual service where IRS-trained volunteers assist the public in e-Filing your taxes, at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meeting rooms are available at all library locations as the schedule allows. Rooms are free for non-profits, $10.00/hr for other organizations 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 for non-profits) with an optional $25.00 fee for use of advanced AV equipment. For information on reserving a room, contact the Main Library at 325-676-6328, the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323, or the South Branch at 325-698-7565. You may also find information on our meeting room use in our Policies Section.
Each branch library has one certified notary. It's preferred that you call ahead to ensure you can be seen; however, notary services are not available an hour before closing. For more information, or to schedule a time, contact the Main Library at 325-676-6025 (ask for Marie Skufca), the South Branch Library at 325-698-7565 (ask for Cynthia Gault), or the Mockingbird Branch Library at 325-437-7323 (ask for Susannah Barrington).
Periodicals (Magazines & Newspapers)
All locations offer a selection for public use. Newspapers and current issues of magazines are for in-house use only and back issues of magazines checkout for 1-week. Additionally, we offer access to Flipster, providing access to a collection of digital magazines. For information on getting started, visit our Flipster Page online.
Presentations (In-House & Community)
Library staff is equipped to go out in the community to speak to your schools, businesses, and organizations on library services. Presentations may be tailored to what your group is interested in learning about. Contact your preferred branch location and we may assist your further.
If we do not carry an item you wish to checkout, Make a Purchase Request and we will work towards acquiring the item/s for you. You may also request titles through the Interlibrary Loan service for items released at least 1-year prior to being requested.
Proctoring services are offered for free at all locations. Interested parties should contact your preferred location to learn about starting the process. Once we're approved through your institution to proctor exams for you, we'll work on a time for you to complete future exams. We do ask that students provide us with at least 2-weeks advanced notice prior to needing a test proctored to ensure we are able to accommodate.
AWE Early Literacy Stations
The Friends of the Library funded gaming stations for youth at all locations. Each contains 60+ educational games on stations that do not allow access to the Internet. All are available on a first-come, first-served basis during our regular hours of operation.
Computers & Internet Access
Each branch location offers computers for public use, on a first-come, first-served basis. Library cardholders receive (3) 1-hour sessions each day. If all are in use, reserve one by speaking with library staff, or call ahead to reserve a computer. If visiting from out-of-town, signup as a guest.
We offer access to an extensive collection of digital databases located on our E-Resources Page. These databases offer access to informative materials to meet your informational and recreational needs. Additionally, we offer a great lineup of services for checking out digital eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and more for free. For a complete lineup of these popular services, visit our Digital Services Page.
Photocopiers are available at all locations at a cost of $0.15 per copy B/W and $0.45 per copy in color; duplex copying available. Vending units will accept cash and change. Additionally, each photocopier offers the ability to scan documents at no charge to a personal flash/thumb drive.
Printing is offered at all locations at a charge of $0.15 per copy B/W and $0.45 per page in color. Once you have submitted a print job, see library staff at your nearest service desk. Once we've received payment, we will release your print job. We also offer Mobile Printing on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers.
Wi-Fi is offered for free at all branch locations during our normal hours of operation. Available speeds may vary depending on how many patrons are accessing the service at any given time.
Learn more about the departments at your library.
The Children's Department provides materials and programming for kids and families. Our children's staff is trained in working with youth and offer a wealth of knowledge about children's literature and literacy. We offer a number of Programs and Events free of charge. Special programming is hosted throughout the year including Stories in the Park, Family Fun, Super Storytime, Make & Take, Family Movie Days, and more. Other activities are designed for school-aged kids include science clubs, writing clubs, and Summer Reading Programs. For more information, visit our Kids' Page.
The Circulation Department is the primary service point for the library. These are the areas patrons will come across when entering the library and staff is on hand to answer your questions, checkout materials, register people for library cards, maintain the stacks, resolve issues, direct you where you need to go, offer basic reference services, and more. Circulating over 800,000 library materials each year, staff handle the bulk of library materials through transactions with patrons. As avid readers, staff is available for reader's advisory help for suggesting reading material.
If you're looking for your family's past, the Genealogy Department is the place to go. This department offers access to a number of tools including census indexes, bibliographies, special collections, and more. How-to manuals are also available to assist beginners in getting started in the genealogy process. Additional resources includes the Abilene Reporter-News (1888 to present day), The Texas Death Index, The Texas Birth Index, the Big Country Obituary Index, and more. Plus, you may also utilize databases including Ancestry Plus (library use only) and Heritage Quest.
The Information Services Department is staffed by professional librarians who provide information on a variety of topics including consumer affairs, financial reports, hobbies, programs, business information, and more. Overseeing the vast array of reference materials and the nonfiction collection, staff assists the public in answering in-depth questions that may not be readily accessible to staff in other departments. Staff also develops programming and services aimed at the general adult audience in a variety of areas including business, landscaping, author presentations, public forums, and more. These events are offered to the public at no charge and if ever there's a program/service you'd like to see, let staff know and we will work towards making that happen.
We house a vibrant Spanish collection of adult fiction and nonfiction books, audiobooks, DVDs, picture books, and resources to learn English. We invite you to make use of this collection, aimed at serving the Spanish-speaking population in Abilene. Come visit your library to see what we have to offer for all ages.
Working behind-the-scenes, this department serves as a vital part of the library system as its responsible for all materials house in the library's collection. Library staff have the responsibility for the acquisition of purchased library materials, cataloging them, and preparing them for public use so they may be checked out. We receive regular shipments of new materials on a daily basis, and each item passes through the hands of staff in this department before they reach the public floor.
Local teens hope the opportunity to take advantage of the enhancements to services available at the library. Our children's staff provides activities for teens and young adults while connecting them to a wealth of popular young adult literature, audiobooks, graphic novels, and more. Programming has increased so we're offering a regular lineup of events to get involved in including book clubs, writing clubs, craft sessions, movie nights, and more. For more information about Teen Services, visit our Teen Page.