Huntsville Public Library

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Library Closures

The Huntsville Public Library will have modified hours on Thursday, April 8 for staff development. The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please contact the Library at 936-291-5472.

Library Reopening May 2021

Following the guidance of City officials, the Huntsville Public Library will resume its normal service hours and increase the number of services offered starting Monday, May 10, 2021. Library hours will revert to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The reading furniture will be available but all visitors are still encouraged to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. The Library will quarantine returned items for three days in observance of safety precautions. Computer access will be available on a first come, first serve basis using a limited number of library workstations  to promote social distancing. The Nash Board Room will remain closed; the Staggs Community Room will be available for use, with limited occupancy, for library programs as well as private events. For more information, please contact the Huntsville Public Library at 936-291-5472.

National Library Week 2021 Daily Challenges

Super Star Sunday April 4 – Nominate a stellar library worker to the National Library Workers Day Galaxy of Stars by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/SubmitAStarforNLWD.  Whether it is someone at Huntsville Public Library or elsewhere around the state or country, submit the name of a library worker who has made a difference for you and let everyone know why they are a Star!  In consideration of the Easter Holiday, you may complete this challenge on Monday instead. Submit a screenshot of the “Thank you for submitting” page once you submit your Star.  

Much Love Monday April 5 – Share the love in a quick video or social media post or by sending us a drawing or note that completes the following statement:  The Huntsville Public Library is important to me because…

Toast of the Town Tuesday April 6 – Join Huntsville Public Library staff for the April 6 City Council Meeting, which begins at 6:00 pm, to hear the Mayor’s National Library Week 2021 proclamation.  Attend in person as local social distance requirements allow or online at www.HuntsvilleTX.gov/Meetings. Submit something from the meeting you find interesting or important in addition to the Proclamation.

Wilderness Wednesday April 7– Use a library resource to learn about Native Texas flora and fauna.  Then, try to find a real-life example at one of our City, State, or National Parks. Please keep a safe distance and don’t touch the wildlife. Post a picture of you in the “wilderness” with a caption telling us what you looked for, what you found, and something new you learned. 

Thrilling Thursday Tale Tails April 8 – Craft a homemade tail based on a favorite tale for members of your family/household.  Submit or post pictures wearing the tail and tell us which tale inspired the creations.

Fine Arts Friday April 9 – Help us welcome the weekend by enjoying a live musical performance at the Huntsville Public Library beginning at 5:00 pm April 9.  Attend in person as local social distance requirements allow or stream it live from HuntsvillePublicLibrary Facebook page.

Self on the Shelf Saturday April 10 – Using a book that has a face on the cover, digitally insert or affix a picture of yourself (without damaging the book cover) in place of the book’s face OR cover your face with the one on the book and take a photo. Be sure to submit or post a copy of your creation or photo to social media so everyone can spot you.

Daily challenge submissions may be emailed to HPL@huntsvilletx.gov or posted to Facebook at HuntsvillePublicLibrary, Instagram at Huntsville_Public_Library, or Twitter @huntsvillelib Alternatively, you are welcome to bring them to the library in person during between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. weekdays.  


For more information about National Library Week, please call Library Services Specialist Brenda Collins at (936) 291-5481.

Library Services

Current Hours (updated March 9, 2021)

Per the City of Huntsville guidelines, library visitors are highly encouraged to wear a face mask inside the facility as recommended by the CDC.  The Library will continue to limit occupancy to 50 people and our hours of operation will remain 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The library’s book sale will be open. Limited computer access will be available on a first come, first served basis. Limited computer assistance will be offered in an effort to maintain social distancing. Meeting room reservations will not be available, and the library’s reading furniture will be inaccessible. For more information, please call the library at 936-291-5472.

Donated Materials:

Starting March 1, 2021, the Huntsville Public Library will accept donated items such as books, DVDs, music CDs, or books on CD with a signed Item Donation Form provided by the Library. We are only able to accept a maximum of ten (10) donated items at one time.  The Library does not accept donations of items such as magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, textbooks, dictionaries, or items deemed to be in poor condition.  The Library is also unable to accept items dropped off on library grounds or items donated through our Book Drops.  For more information, please call 936-291-5472. We thank you for your generosity. 

Is your library card about to expire? 

At this time, in order to make things easier for our patrons, the Huntsville Public Library is offering phone renewals in addition to in-person account renewals.  Normally, we do require people to be in the library to renew their cards but we understand that not everyone may be comfortable coming into the library to renew their account.

A phone renewal will extend your account's expiration date for two months and allow our patrons to continue enjoying library services.


Additional ways to continue enjoying library resources:

Our collection of free ebooks and audiobooks are still available to patrons through Libby and OverDrive. To better assist our patrons and encourage literacy, the library will allow people who have less than $5 in fines to access this free digital resource. 

Learn a new language from the comfort of your home! Access Pronunciator for free using the library’s subscription. 

Due Dates & Item Renewal:

The Book Drop is open. Patrons may call the library at 936-291-5472 or text GABBIE at 936-274-7204 if they need assistance with their library account or interlibrary loan items.

Thank you for your patience as we adapt to new ways of engaging with the community.

Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Huntsville. To apply, please visit the City of Huntsville website or click HERE


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Electronic Resources

Logo for OverDrive — Piney Woods Digital Consortium

OverDrive — Piney Woods Digital Consortium

Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and movies!


Logo for TexShare Databases

TexShare Databases

Includes thousands of full-text magazines and newspapers, WorldCat (35 million library records), Science and Literature databases, on-line encyclopedias, etc.


Logo for Fold3; Military History & Genealogy Archives

Fold3; Military History & Genealogy Archives (Use this link if you are at one of the computers in the library).

Fold3; At Home Access (Use this link if you are using library WiFi or are at home).

When asked for a barcode, use your library card number.

Fold3 offers the web’s premier collection of original military records, gathering the best U.S. military records, photos and stories from the Revolutionary War to more recent conflicts.


Logo for Pronunciator

Pronunciator

A fun and free way to learn any of 163 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. 

To learn how to set up a Pronunciator account, click here. 


Logo for Ancestry.com Library Edition

Ancestry.com

A comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical research.


Logo for American Ancestors — New England Historic Genealogical Society

American Ancestors — New England Historic Genealogical Society

Access to more than 200 million records for New England, New York, and beyond.




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