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Library cards are free for City of Abilene residents, active duty military, military retirees and military dependents holding a valid and current Department of Defense ID card. Visit our Get a Library Card page for details.
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For materials released more than a year ago, you may request the item(s) through Interlibrary Loan to borrow the item/s from a library outside of Abilene. This generally takes 2 to 3 weeks to arrive.
All Texas residents not residing in the City of Abilene may acquire a library card at an annual fee of $10. Learn more on our Get a Library Card page.
There are no age restrictions; however, minors will require a parent/legal guardian present to acquire a library card unless the individual is married or is an emancipated minor.
The Abilene Public Library sends out notifications to patrons via email, not postal mail. Such notifications include alerts on available holds to pickup, overdue items, pre-overdue notices to alert you 48 hours before item/s are due, etc. If we do not have an email on file, you will not receive alerts from your library.
Contact the Abilene Public Library and staff will verify we have your correct email address on file. Additionally, you may want to check your spam/junk email folders to see if our notices are being sent there so you may make them as being safe to receive.
A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is established when you register for a library card. PINs are at least 4 digits/characters in length and allow you to access your account online, use our self-checkout stations, etc. If you did not register for a PIN, or don't remember your PIN, contact the Abilene Public Library and staff may assist you.
All library cards are valid for 1 year. If needing to renew your library card, contact us or visit any branch library location and staff will ask to verify your contact information, as well as collect the $10 annual fee if you have a non-resident library card.
Depending on the item, you keep them for the corresponding amount of time:
Effective October 1, 2018 there are no late fees for materials you checkout from the library. All items will continue to have a due date. If you have three or more items on your account that are overdue, you won't be able to checkout again until the overdue items are returned.
Library fees may be paid in person at any public library branch location. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, or debit/credit card. You may also pay public library fees at any of the three private university libraries (Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, McMurry).
Please note, if paying fees for lost/damaged materials, these fees must be paid at the location the item originated from. The public library does not accept payment for university items, and university libraries do not accept payment for public library items if they're damaged or lost.
You may also pay your fees online with a valid debit/credit card by accessing your library account. Please note there is a convenience fee added to each payment for processing. Below are steps for paying online:
Once paid, your account will be updated automatically in our system, but please feel free to retain your confirmation email if needed.
Contact library staff to assist you further. We may look towards renewing the item to provide you with additional time to locate it. If needing to pay for a lost/damaged item, you will be charged for the price of the item and a non-refundable processing fee.
If you have paid for a lost item, and locate it at a later time, bring it back to the library with your receipt and library staff will provide you with a refund (minus the non-refundable processing fee). Refunds are not available for damaged materials.
If you have lost an item belonging to Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, or McMurry University libraries, you will need to contact the university library the item belonged to in order to pay for these materials. The Abilene Public Library does not accept payment for lost/damaged university items since they do not belong to us.
Contact the branch library you returned the item to and library staff will access your account to renew the item and check all library branches for the title. If unable to locate the item, we may place an internal search to continue to look for it.
Branch phone numbers are as follows:
Yes. We will require a valid photo ID. If you're a minor, library staff may verify your information to access your account. If needing a replacement card, they're offered for $1 at any branch library.
Yes. Materials may be returned to any location including university libraries at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry.
Yes. All locations offer a 24-hour book drop for returning library materials.
Visit your library and staff will ask to see your library card to access your account and renew the items requested. You do not need to have the items present to renew them.
Contact the Abilene Public Library during our normal business hours and library staff will ask for your 13-digit library card number to access your account and renew the items in question.
You may renew materials online 24/7 by visiting the Abilene Public Library website. You will need access to your 13-digit library card number and PIN to access this feature.
You will not be able to renew library materials if:
The maximum number of items that can be checked out are as follows:
Visit a library branch or contact the Abilene Public Library and staff will ask for your 13-digit library card number to place a hold on an item for pickup at any of our three branch locations. Available holds are held for 8-days once they arrive.
Visit our Interlibrary Loan page to make a request (you will need your 13-digit library card number and PIN). You may also visit or contact the Abilene Public Library and staff may place the request on your behalf. Available Interlibrary Loan materials come with a set due date and the library will hold these items until they are due back to the lending library.
You may place a hold online on our catalog for items. You will need your 13-digit library card number and PIN.