Salado Public Library

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About the Library

  • About us...

    The Salado Public Library is located at 1151 North Main Street in Salado, Texas. The Library provides free services to all residents living within the Salado Public Library District boundaries and surrounding communities. 

    The library provides the Salado community with books, audiobooks, movies, magazines, e-books, e-audiobooks, databases, public computers, laptops for check-out, and faxing/printing services. In addition to these items, we have free WiFi, computer and internet training, job searching resources, reference assistance, storytime, and special events. 

    Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. 

    Our Mission:  The Salado Public Library exists to encourage a love of reading and to promote lifelong learning opportunities.

    The Guiding Principles for Our Library

    Satisfy Curiosity: Lifelong Learning & Reading: 

    A library that provides lifelong learning service helps address the desire for self-directed personal growth and development opportunities.

    Stimulate Imagination: Reading, Viewing and Listening For Pleasure: 

    A library that provides current topics and titles helps to fulfill community residents’ appetite for information about popular cultural and social trends and their desire for satisfying recreational experiences.

    Create Young Readers: Emergent Literacy:

    A library that provides the proper materials, involvement of parents for children’s reading readiness, and encouragement of the love of reading through story times and reading programs helps to prepare young children for success in school.

    Connect to the Online World: Internet Utility:

    A community in which everyone has access to computers and the internet is better in countless ways.  Its members have more opportunities to let their creativity blossom, to see new ideas come to fruition, and to join together in efforts to make the places they live better.

    Visit a Comfortable Place: Public Spaces:

    A library that provides a commons environment helps address the need of people to meet and interact with others in their community and to participate in public discourse about community issues.

  • Get Involved!

    Volunteering, the Friends of the Library, donations.


    Volunteering

    Volunteers are the heart and soul of our Library.  If you enjoy books, computers and people you'll like working at the library as a volunteer.  We have lots of opportunities for folks who range in age from 13 to 80-something.

    Opportunities include:
    • Helping with Summer Reading Program in June
    • Serving as a weekly volunteer (3 hours/week)
    • Mending books
    • Building maintenance
    • Sorting, pricing and selling books in the Backyard Booknook
    • Fundraising for our library addition 
    • Contributing baked goods for events
    • Assisting with storytime preparation
    • Bulletin Board Art
    • Telephoning
    • Data Entry
    • Work on the Library website

    Call the library, download an application for adult volunteers or teen volunteers, or e-mail Library Staff.


    Donations

    Donations of books, movies and recent magazines in good condition are gratefully accepted.  Those items not added to the library collection will be sold at through the Friends of the Library book sales or at our semiannual off-site book sales.  Half of all library book sale proceeds are donated to the Salado Education Foundation Scholarship Fund.


    Friends of the Library

    The Friends of the Salado Public Library  is a 501 (c) 3 organization created to support the library. The Friends are a forward-looking group of supporters who volunteer their time and talents in a variety of roles, who raise money through used book sales and acquisition of grants, and who encourage greater  use of the Library’s resources and programs.  Additionally, the Friends serve as advocates for the library as the library continues to serve the Salado community.  All members of the community are welcome to join (there are no dues).  An application form is available here or at the library.

    The Friends of the Salado Public Library recruit 20 weekly volunteers, operate the Backyard Book Store, conduct programs and fundraisers and support the library in other ways as needed.

    Last year the group raised over $1,000 for various library efforts.   Membership in the Friends is  free and automatically granted with a library card.  When you obtain a new or renewed card, fill out the attached postcard and check off ways you and your family might like to help.  The Friends will call you!

    Some of the Friends activities and programs include:

    • Author visits
    • Guest speakers
    • Help with the Summer Reading Program 
    • Used Book Sales
  • Your Library Card

    Getting a card, renewing materials, placing holds, etc.

    Who can get a card
    Anyone residing in Salado or a surrounding community may obtain a free library card by providing proof of current address.  Parents must sign for children under 14.  There is a $1.00 charge to replace a lost library card.

    Borrowing Limits
    A patron is allowed to borrow ten items at a time, two of which may be videos and two may be DVDs.  New books may be borrowed for two weeks with no renewal.  All other books may be borrowed for three weeks; videos and DVDs for one week.  These items are renewable once if another patron has not reserved them.  Parents are responsible for materials borrowed by children under the age of sixteen

    Placing Holds
    A Patron is allowed to place 10 holds on library materials.  Holds may be placed by phone, in person on or the web site.  The library will contact you by phone or email when the requested item is ready to be picked up.  Reserves are held at the front desk for one week.

    Renewing Your Borrowed Items
    Materials may be renewed by phone, on the library web site or at the library.

    Library Fines
    The library charges 5¢ per day for overdue books and audio books and 25¢ per day for overdue movies.  There is an outdoor book drop near the library parking lot for the return of books;  however audio and video materials must be returned inside at the library circulation desk.  The borrower must pay for or replace all damaged or lost materials.   Anyone owing over $5.00 in fines or who has fines over 90 days old may not check out any additional materials until all fines are cleared.

    TexShare Card
    After you have been a member of the Salado Public Library for three months, and your record is free of fines and fees, you are eligible to receive a TexShare card, which gives you borrowing privileges at many public and academic libraries in Texas.  Nearby libraries that participate in this program include Temple Public Library, the Lena Armstrong Public Library in Belton, Southwestern University, Georgetown Public Library, Round Rock Public Library, and UT-Austin.  Your TexShare card must be renewed annually.  Ask at the circulation desk for more information

  • Library District

    Information about the Salado Public Library District
  • Library Services

    Everything we do for you, inside the library or out.

    Circulation Services:

    • Interlibrary Loan:   If the library does not have the item you need, ask at the desk about borrowing it from another library.  ILL  services are available to all patrons.  The library can usually obtain books and/or articles from other libraries within a two-week period.  There is no cost to the patron. 
    • Public Computers:  The library has free WiFI and internet-access computers available for use.  Printing and copy services are 10¢ per page in black and white, 25¢ per page in color.  Microsoft Office applications are available at all terminals.  Patrons must  sign up for access and time may be limited, based on demand.  Internet use policies are posted in the library. Laptops are also available for check-out.  Call the front desk at 254-947-9191 for more information. 
    • Photocopies & Faxes:  There is a copy / fax machine available at the library for public use.  Copies are 10¢ per page.  Faxed pages are $1.00 per page.

    Programs and Classes:

    • The library offers several programs for all ages. See our program schedule!
    • The Summer Reading Program for school-age children and teens is held every summer.  A schedule of events will be posted in May.

    Outreach Activities:

    The Friends of the Library and Library staff provide delivery  of Library materials to Salado short and long-term home-bound citizens.  Please call the library (947-9191) to get started in our program.  
                              

    The Library's Collection:

    • Adult Books
    • Juvenile Books
    • Young Adult / Teen Books
    • Graphic Novels
    • Spanish Language Materials
    • Fiction & Non-Fiction
    • Large Print
    • Genealogy
    • Audio Books
    • E-Books
    • Videos/DVDs—English & Spanish
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Reference Materials
    • Databases
    • Laptops for check-out
    • and more...

    Community Spaces in the Library:

    • Board  Room:Seats up to 10 people and is available for use during library hours.  Call the library to reserve the room.
    • Meeting Room: Seats up to 30 people and is available for use during library hours and limited hours outside of regular operating times.  Call the library to reserve the room or find out more information.

  • Library Holidays / Closed Days

    Library hours and days closed.

    Library Hours

    Monday-Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
    Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
    Sunday: Closed

    Library Holidays/Closed Days 

    New Year's Day

    Memorial Day

    Fourth of July

    Labor Day

    Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving

    December 24 - December 26.

  • Library Movie

    Here's a quick look at all the wonderful things that our library provides for the Village of Salado.

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