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General Information

The library is located one and one-half blocks west of the Williamson County Courthouse, between Rock and Martin Luther King Jr. Streets. The address is 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626.

Library Location, Hours and Holiday Closures

The library is located one and one-half blocks west of the Williamson County Courthouse, between Rock and Martin Luther King Jr. Streets. The address is 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626.

For more specific contact information, visit our “Contact Us” page which lists phone numbers, email addresses and driving directions.
Library Hours & Holiday Closures

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.

The Children’s Room and the second floor stacks and reference area close 10 minutes before the library closes. Library card applications will not be processed in the last 10 minutes before closing.

Public access computers are shut down 15 minutes before closing.

Holiday Closures. Dates may vary depending upon the day of the week on which Christmas and New Year’s days fall. See the front page of the library’s website for specific dates and early closings at holiday times.

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
Easter
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

Borrow Library Materials

Loan Periods

The loan period for most library books, all audio books, and all music CDs is 21 days. The loan period for videos and DVDs is 14 days. The loan period for most new books is 14 days; however, new books that are more that 500 pages long check out for 21 days. Reference materials, magazines and newspapers may not be checked out.
Renewals

Unless someone else has placed a hold on an item, all materials may be renewed one time, either in person, by phone, or online.
Bookdrops

One drive-up outdoor bookdrop is available. It is on the south side of the building, to the right as you drive into the 9th Street entrance. This drop is open at all times, but to minimize damage to books, please use this drop only when you are unable to come into the library. Do not put oversized or fragile materials in the bookdrop.
Overdue Notices

If you have an email address on record with the library, you will receive an email notice three days before your borrowed items are due, and if they are not returned or renewed, you will receive another email notice three days after the items are due. Thirty days after items are due the library will mail a postcard reminding you of the overdue items. After sixty days you will receive a letter in the mail reminding you of the overdue items, but at that time the items are declared lost and charges for replacement are placed on your record. If you believe you receive any of these notices in error, or if you have questions about notices you may receive, please call the library at 930-3551.
Fines

A fine of 10 cents per day is assessed on all overdue library materials. There is no grace period.
Interlibrary Loan

If the library does not have materials you are looking for, it may be possible to borrow them from another library through inter-library loan (ILL). Request forms are available at the circulation desk. The charge for this service is one-way postage on the item ordered. ILLs may take up to three (3) weeks to arrive and genealogical materials often take longer than three weeks.
Books-On-The-Go

Book delivery and pick-up services are available to Georgetown residents who are permanently or temporarily homebound. Non-residents who have friends or relatives who can pick up and return materials for them also may participate. More information about this service is available at the circulation desk.

Apply For A Library Card

Library Cards and Fees

  • Individuals older than 16 who wish to apply for a card must present
    picture ID and proof of current residence.
  • Residents of Georgetown and persons who pay City property taxes may receive library cards at no cost.
  • Nonresidents may borrow library materials for an annual fee of $25.00, which provides cards for all family members.
  • The annual fee for nonresidents who are 65 or older is $20, which provides cards for all family members.
  • Lost cards will be replaced for a fee of $1.00.
  • If a person applying for a new library card lives at the same address as a person who has fines or fees of $5.00 or more, the new applicant may be denied a library card until the fees are paid.

Children’s Library Cards

  • Any family member, including children of any age, may receive a library card when an adult library member requests that they be added to his or her record. In other cases, a parent or guardian must apply for an individual card for children under 16 years of age.
  • Children also may receive cards through a program operated in cooperation with the Georgetown Independent School District. Applications are distributed to students at the beginning of the school year. Resident students who apply will receive regular library cards; nonresidents will receive special cards with limited borrowing privileges that are good for the school year. Nonresident students who have received a card through the GISD program  may have to pay a $5.00 fee to have unlimited borrowing privileges during the summer months.

Texshare Card

  • After you have been a member of the Georgetown library for one month, 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 Southwestern University, Round Rock Public Library, and UT-Austin. Your TexShare card must be renewed annually. Ask at the circulation desk for more information.

Donate to the Library

A donation to the Georgetown Public Library is a thoughtful and useful way to thank someone, to honor them for a service they may have performed, or to be a memorial for a friend or loved one. You may designate the way in which you want the library to use your gift. If you would like us to buy books, audiobooks, or DVDs, we welcome your suggestions about appropriate topics. We always put bookplates in materials that we add to our collection through donations, unless, of course, you don’t want that kind of recognition.

Perhaps you’d rather donate to support library programs. Feel free to designate your gift for children’s, teen, or adult programming. Those budgets always need help. And we never complain if you simply trust us to decide how to use your gift. Hardly a month goes by without our needing to replace some piece of equipment. More often than not it costs more than what we have in the budget and we are forever grateful to those kind donors whose gifts went into our rainy day account.

You may make your donation in person or by mail. At this time we are not able to process online donations. We’ll appreciate it if you fill out our donation form to accompany your check, but a note expressing your wishes and intentions will also work just fine. We will send you a thank you letter that may be used as a receipt for tax purposes. Donations to the library are tax deductible.

Our mailing address is: Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626.

If you have questions, call or email Lawren Weiss at (512) 930-3552 or lawren.weiss@georgetown.org.

Join the Advisory Board or the Friends

Library Board

The seven-member Library Advisory Board, appointed by the Mayor and City Council, makes recommendations regarding development of the book collection, programming, and other services provided by the library. The board meets at the library the second Monday of each month, at 6:30 pm. Information about serving on this board and meeting agendas and minutes are available at http://www.georgetown.org/boards. The City Secretary also is available to answer questions about serving on the Library Advisory Board. Her phone number is (512) 930-3652.
Friends of the Library

The mission of the Friends of the Georgetown Library is:
To promote public use and community support of the Georgetown Public Library, to foster appreciation of its value as a cultural and educational asset to the community, to encourage the extension and improvement of its services, and to work in cooperation with the Advisory and Foundation Boards.

To accomplish this mission the Friends are committed to operating a used bookstore, Second-Hand Prose; organizing and underwriting book talks, author visits, and children’s programs; and by supporting the library monetarily in other ways.

If you are interested in joining the Friends, applications are available at the circulation desk in the library. Annual dues are:

$10 Individual
$15 Family
$25 Supporter
$50 Patron
$100 Angel
$500 Life

For more information about the Friends of the Library, please visit folgeorgetown.com

Learn About the Library

A group of interested citizens, organized as the Friends of the Library, established the Georgetown Area Library in 1967. Operating since 1987 as a department of the City of Georgetown, the present 49,500 square foot facility opened in January 2007. During FY 2010-11, the library’s budget was approximately $1.6 million.

The Georgetown Public Library houses and administers a collection of more than 80,000 items, including popular fiction and non-fiction for adults, youth, and children; classics; large-print materials; reference; books on cassette; videos; DVDs; music CDs; books on CD; literacy materials; books in Spanish; newspapers and magazines, to meet the life-long learning and reading interests of library users. Weekly story hours, a summer reading program, reference services, and public access to the Internet are a few of the services provided without cost to the public. Also, under the TexShare program, library users may go in person to borrow materials from other participating libraries in Texas. Inter-library loan service, to borrow materials from other libraries by mail, is available at a small cost.
History of the Georgetown Public Library

On January 20, 2007, the Georgetown Public Library opened its doors at a new location, 402 W. 8th Street. The new two-story, 48,000 square foot facility was the culmination of ten years of planning. This is the library’s fourth location and third new building since a group of volunteers founded the library in 1965. To read the whole story, click here.

Contact the Library

City of Georgetown Public Library
402 W. 8th Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626

Tel: (512) 930-3551 (Circulation Desk)
Tel: (512) 930-3623 (Children’s Services)
Tel: (512) 930-3627 (Reference Services)
Fax: (512) 931-7628

M-Th 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
F         9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat     9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun    Noon – 5 p.m.
The Children’s Room and the second floor stacks and reference area close 10 minutes before the library closes. Library card applications will not be processed in the last 10 minutes before closing.

Public access computers are shut down 15 minutes before closing.

Driving Directions from Austin

Take IH35 North to exit 261. Turn right onto Hwy 29, travelling east. After the second light, look for Martin Luther King, Jr. which is on the left. On Martin Luther King, Jr., drive north to 10th street. At the stop sign, continue through the intersection on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Continue through the stop sign on 9th street and then at the stop sign on 8th, turn right. Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. 8th Street.

Driving Directions from Waco/Dallas/Ft.Worth

Take IH35 South to exit 261. Turn left at Hwy 29, crossing IH35 bridge, travelling east. After the second light, look for Martin Luther King, Jr. which is on the left. On Martin Luther King, Jr., drive north to 10th street. At the stop sign, continue through the intersection on Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue through the stop sign on 9th street and then at the stop sign on 8th, turn right. Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. 8th Street.