The Public Library offers much more than books for the avid reader. You can use the internet, check out a movie, pick an audio book, practice speaking Spanish, enjoy story or movie time, check out eBooks online, renew check outs online, and much, much more. (We will be adding information on other libraries for areas outside Austin. Suggest an Area)
The Austin Public Library has tons of information at their website. The web address is easy to remember Library.AustinTexas.gov. As you can see from the MAP, the Austin Public Library services a large area. Library cards are free for Texas residents or any youth under the age of 17, no matter where they live. Learn how to Apply for a Library Card. Non-residents may apply for a card by paying either an annual fee or a quarterly fee. There is a Senior discount available. Apply for Non-Resident Library Card.
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Free classes on a variety of topics at the Little Walnut Creek, Ruiz, and Faulk Central libraries.
Some classes are in Spanish.
Public computers provide free access to the Internet and have MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Access installed. Every location also has free wireless.
Many more services available. Check out the Complete List of Services.
If you prefer to own the books you read or simply want to expand your personal library, you’ll enjoy Recycled Reads. Recycled Reads is run primarily by volunteers with materials withdrawn from the Library’s collection and the community’s donations. The store gives books a second chance and is an active participant in the City’s Zero Waste Plan.
Call it origami, call it sculpture, call it altered books … Recycled Reads calls it recycling. As part of their zero-waste initiative, books that are outdated, in poor shape, or just won’t sell get crafted into something useful, fun, or beautiful! Stop by the store for a peek at their creations. If you are interested in making your own book art, join one of their crafting classes.