Learn the Basics of What Your Library Offers
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.
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 the Main Library (202 Cedar St.) and talk to Information Services Manager Janis Test. She can save you time in getting your materials posted in all three branches. Posted materials must adhere to our Community Board Guidelines.
Free Tax Help
In conjunction with the American Association for Retired People (AARP), we offer an annual service where trained Internal Revenue Service volunteers assist the public in e-Filing your taxes, at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. These services are offered February through April.
Meeting rooms are available at all locations. Rooms are free for non-profits, $10 per hour for other organizations at the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch and $50 for the first two hours at the South Branch location with an optional $25 fee for use of advanced audio/visual 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 a certified notary. It’s preferred 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, the South Branch Library at 325-698-7565, or the Mockingbird Branch Library at 325-437-7323.
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 are able to be checked out.
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.
Effective April 2020 these services are temporarily unavailable until next fiscal year starting in October 2020. If this changes, we will alert you.
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 approved through your institution, we’ll work on a time for you to complete future exams.
Advanced Workstations in Education (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 offers computers for public use, on a first-come, first-served basis. Library cardholders receive (3) 1-hour sessions each day at the Main Library and South Branch locations, and (3) 45-minute sessions at the Mockingbird Branch. 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, and more for free. For a complete lineup of these popular services, visit our Digital Services page.
Each branch location houses a mobile lab of 20 laptops used for programming, workshops, and instructional classes. When not in use for library activities, these laptops are available to be checked out by patrons for use inside the library. Each offers access to the Internet and word processing features. Se staff to inquire more about using this service.
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. Scanning is also available on these units. It requires the use of a flash/USB drive and it's offered free of charge.
Printing is offered at all locations at a charge of $0.15 per black and white copy 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.
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 and you can learn more by visiting our Kids' Page.
The Circulation Department is the primary service point where staff is on hand to:
- Answer your questions
- Checkout materials
- Direct you where you need to go
- Maintain the stacks
- Register library cards
- Resolve issues
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, exclusively housed at your Main Library (202 Cedar St). How-to manuals are also available to assist beginners in getting started in the genealogy process. Additional resources include:
- The Abilene Reporter-News (1888 to present day)
- The Big Country Obituary Index
- The Texas Birth Index
- The Texas Death Index
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:
- Business Information
- Consumer Affairs
- Financial Reports
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.
As one of the newest departments added to the library, staff is responsible for addressing the technology needs of the library, to ensure we are meeting the standards of modern libraries. Additionally, staff lead regular training sessions on technology related to mobile devices and computers on a regular basis. This department is also responsible for maintaining the library's website, social media and the library's online presence, graphics and marketing tools, producing video productions of programming and workshops to highlight and promote the library system.
Local teens have 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 writing clubs, craft sessions, movie nights, and more. For more information, visit our Teen Page.