Learn the Basics of What Your Library Offers

  1. General Services
  2. Technology Services

Library Visitors Working on a LaptopBook-A-Librarian

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.

Books-On-Wheels

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 Room 2Meeting Rooms

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.

Notary Services

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.

Genealogy Collection and SeatingPeriodicals (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.

Purchase Suggestions

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.

Test Proctoring

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.

Library Departments

Childrens Story RoomChildren's Services

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.

Circulation Services

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.

Genealogy Collection 2Genealogy Services

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.

Reference Department - Librarian Service DeskInformation Services

The Information Services Department is staffed by professional librarians who provide information on a variety of topics including:

  • Business Information
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Financial Reports
  • Hobbies
  • Programs

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.

Spanish Collection

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.

Technical Services

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.

Technology/Multimedia 

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 Teen Room 05library's online presence, graphics and marketing tools, producing video productions of programming and workshops to highlight and promote the library system.

Teen Services

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.