|Library Type||Library Name||Library City||Date of Update||Is your facility open to the public?||Are you providing curbside or drive through services?||Our library is closed to the public but staff are responding to phone calls and emails.||Our library is closed and we are not able to provide any services at this time.||Is statewide interlibrary loan (ILL) service available to patrons?||Is the library distributing TexShare cards?||Is the library accepting check-outs on TexShare cards?||Local COVID19 Resources Page Link||Comments|
|Academic||Southern Methodist University||Dallas||08/28/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.smu.edu/libraries/covid19|
|Academic||Texas Wesleyan University||Fort Worth||09/14/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://txwes.libguides.com/covid19
|Academic||Palo Alto College||San Antonio||09/14/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||https://pac.alamo.libguides.com/online-learning-students/home|
Although our library is closed to the public at this time, librarians are providing research assistance via chat and Zoom. Information literacy instruction is being offered via Zoom through the College's LMS (Canvas).
|Academic||San Antonio College||San Antonio||09/14/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Academic||University of Houston Victoria||Victoria||09/14/2020||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Academic||University of Houston Victoria||Victoria||09/14/2020||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Branch||Austin History Center Library||Austin||08/28/2020||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
The library is not directly providing information, but the City of Austin is at this URL: http://www.austintexas.gov/covid19.
|Branch||Clardy Fox Branch Library||El Paso||08/28/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||http://www.elpasolibrary.org/using-the-library/corona-virus-borrowing-measures|
|Public||Alicia Salinas Public Library||Alice||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Allen Public Library||Allen||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.cityofallen.org/coronavirus|
COVID has emphasized the importance of flexibility in offering programs and services and continuing engagement with our community.
|Public||Alpine Public Library||Alpine||09/03/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Alvarado Public Library||Alvarado||09/15/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Alvord Public Library||Alvord||09/02/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Although I was able to continue working throughout the time, I offered only curbside service for about 6 weeks, then opened for restrictive access for a month, and now am open with shortened hours for limited numbers at a time.
|Public||Andrews County Library||Andrews||08/28/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Brazoria County Library System||Angleton||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||http://bcls.lib.tx.us/specialinfo.asp#announce|
Our library accelerated our plans to introduce curbside service. We also introduced virtual programming which will continue even after the crisis is past.
|Public||Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library||Aransas Pass||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Henderson County Clint W Murchison Memorial Library
|Athens||08/27/2020||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||We have added virtual programming and started a YouTube channel--both we will keep moving forward.|
|Public||Austin Public Library||Austin||09/16/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
The City of Austin is providing COVID19 resources at the link below:
Austin, like other cities, has been severely impacted economically. The tourism and music industries, in particular, have been negatively affected. The live music scene, for which Austin is known, has ceased. Hopefully, this is temporary. In addition, the pandemic has revealed inequities in Austin including both health and digital divides.
To assist the community the Austin Public Library has partnered with Austin Public Health in offering COVID-19 testing in two locations, both in communities of color. And, beginning September 8th, approximately 40 AISD students will spend their day in one of two branches, both in underserved areas, and attend classes virtually.
To meet programming needs, APL launched a video platform known as APL+. These short videos, accessible through our website, feature singalongs, book-talks, tutorials for our Virtual Library, and more. Also, APL staff launched a Job Portal featuring resume and cover letter writing, how to search for jobs, and 1:1 scheduled meetings with APL interview coaches.
|Public||Lake Travis Community Library||Austin||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://laketravislibrary.org/covid-19-resources/|
|Public||Westbank Community Library District||Austin||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
Also weekly updates in our newsletter.
|Book bundles and printing service have been well-received.|
|Public||Balch Springs Library - Learning Center||Balch Springs||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
We have taken all services virtual, will have no in person programs for the foreseeable future, we have an increased social media presence and we have a reduced staff. My staff have become proficient at providing virtual programs. We are only open 20 hours a week right now, but hope to increase that soon.
|Public||Beaumont Public Library System||Beaumont||08/31/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||We have been open throughout the pandemic. We developed cub side and more online content|
|Public||Bee Cave Public Library||Bee Cave||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||https://www.beecavetexas.gov/about-us/covid-19-information-512|
We have added outdoor storywalks for our storytime population, virtual performers for kids, virtual book club for adults. We have restructured our website and added readers advisory tools and tutorials to make our materials more accessible, and are planning some outdoor programs for the fall.
|Public||Benbrook Public Library||Benbrook||09/04/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Reagan County Library||Big Lake||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Since COVID-19 affected us, patrons using the library is very low, all programming has been cancelled until further notice from our commissioners, and our seating/tables for the public have been removed.
|Public||Blanco County South Library District||Blanco||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We are currently restricting the times we are open to the public, but the porch pick-up service is highly popular. We have worked on adjusting to the times and creating more of a virtual presence for our community. We lend hotspots for those working or attending classes from home. There has been a learning curve to presenting online programs and conducting virtual meetings, but it gives us great future capabilities. We plan to expand our support to the community through lending technology and growing our e-resource collections.
|Public||Patrick Heath Public Library||Boerne||08/31/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.ci.boerne.tx.us/1942/Boerne-COVID-19-resources|
We have gone virtual with programming. We were able to pivot and provide assistance to our Chamber of Commerce and participate in the creation of a stimulus program for local businesses and non-profits. We have found that opening services slowly and deliberately has been very successful.
|Public||Bonham Public Library||Bonham||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Bowie Public Library||Bowie||09/08/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library||Brenham||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We have had to think all of our face to face services, especially with tech help. This has caused us to take a step back and prioritize the true community needs and scale back on much of what we used to offer. It is unlikely that we will ever re-open to as many hours and services as we had before the pandemic, at least for several years.
|Public||Brownsville Public Library||Brownsville||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||We have adapted to provide virtual programs|
|Public||Brownwood Public Library||Brownwood||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Buda Public Library||Buda||08/31/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We have noticed a decline in the amount of patrons we have coming into the Library since we have reopened the Library to foot traffic. Hopefully as time goes by we will see an increase. We started Virtual Storytimes for our children during this time since many of them are not able to come to the Library.
|Public||Burleson Public Library||Burleson||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.burlesontx.com/2064/City-of-Burleson-Coronavirus-Hotline|
|Public||Cameron Public Library||Cameron||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||State, county, and city information distributed.
|Public||Tye Preston Memorial Library||Canyon Lake||09/03/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Copier, computer, and printing inside the Library by appointment only.|
|Public||Carrollton Public Library||Carrollton||09/15/2020||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||https://innovative.cityofcarrollton.com/screens/coronavirus.html|
Added virtual programming and Grab & Go kits (adult & kids). Re-allocated resources from physical materials to digital. Increased WiFi footprint to parking lots and began circulating mobile hotspots.
|Public||Sammy Brown Library||Carthage||08/28/2020||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Public||Zula B Wylie Public Library in Cedar Hill||Cedar Hill||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
We are open to the public with limited capacity and services. All of our "sit-down" furniture has been removed. Computer use is only for 30 minutes at a time. All services are "come and go" style. Beginning Sept 1st, we will begin a delivery service for people who cannot come to us (shut-ins, older patrons, sick, etc).
We are not doing any programs which is normally our biggest focus for the community. Everything is now done on social media. Our library has been looking at what our community needs and trying to adapt and fulfill their needs in a virtual or contactless way.
|Public||Chandler Public Library||Chandler||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
We remained 'open' during the initial quarantine answering the phone and providing curbside. Full service resumed May 1 with restrictions. We have not had any problems and our community is appreciative of our services .... our circulation is about 75% of what we recorded in 2019. Because of space issues we have only one public access computer operating but this has not been a problem.... our regular 'surfers' are not coming as much.
|Public||Charlotte Public Library||Charlotte||08/30/2020||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
Programming has been affected, with no summer reading program. I did make up take and make packages for kids to pick up and take home, as well as giving out free books and reading logs with small prizes.
|Public||Cisco Public Library||Cisco||08/28/2020||Yes||No||No||No||No|
Small library owned and maintained by a women"s club. Only open 2 Days a week Wed. and Fri. 12:30 to 5:30. Fear may have to close at the end of this because of lack in funding
|Public||Red River County Public Library||Clarksville||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Nellie Pederson Civic Library||Clifton||08/31/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Public||Clyde Public Library||Clyde||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Coldspring Area Public Library Inc||Coldspring||08/27/2020||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||https://www.facebook.com/Coldspring-Area-Public-Library-480898688936490/|
|Public||Commerce Public Library||Commerce||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://commercetx.org/covid-19-updates/|
We have shortened our hours to allow for cleaning and to minimize risk for staff. We are scheduling no in-person events. Our programming is virtual only.
|Public||Montgomery County Memorial Library System||Conroe||08/28/2020||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||www.countylibrary.org|
Limited, lobby-only service for picking up holds, research/retrieval of materials, and computer use by appointment are currently available. Access to stacks for "grab-n-go" scheduled to begin 9/8. All staff members are wearing masks and will have face shields provided. Customers will be asked to follow TX Dept. of Health & Human Services Checklist for ...Library Visitors. Virtual programming for SRP reached over 93K persons; 2020 SRP registrations at 1/3 of previous years.
|Public||Cozby Library and Community Commons||Coppell||08/28/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We're not receiving many inquiries related to the pandemic itself, mainly for impacts to Library and other City services. This page was set up by our City's communications office:
Our page of Library-specific updates is here:
Increased reliance on technology for information and communication has magnified the digital divide and exacerbated the impacts of excessive screen time. On the bright side, our virtual programs have been able to reach community members who hadn't participated in library events previously, and in some cases, actually allowed for an even more hands-on experience (e.g. cooking classes can be participatory instead of just demonstrative).
Change management practices have been vital. Expectations are upturned and questions are abundant, so open communication about the rationale behind changes and updates is essential for the health of the team and the relationship between the library and the community.
|Public||Copperas Cove Public Library||Copperas Cove||08/31/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Cross Plains Public Library||Cross Plains||09/14/2020||Yes||No||No||No||No||It has slowed down our children's programs and our patrons a little bit but we are trying to hold steady.|
|Public||Dallas Public Library||Dallas||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||http://dallaslibrary2.org/covid-19/dplathome.php
In Dallas we've been fortunate to have a talented staff who were able to pivot most of our programs to an online platform, including our all our adult learning classes. We have developed very popular kits that families can pick up for take home STEM activities as well as art engagement. We've are conscientiously archiving and collection the history that is happening around us from a Covid podcast where the public can share their experiences to taking donations of the plywood with local art on them that covered broken windows after the resent demonstrations. Library staff have also stepped up to work with our Office of Homeless Solutions and Housing Depts. during Covid-19.
|Public||Jones Public Library||Dayton||09/14/2020||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||Through the city.|
|Public||Decatur Public Library||Decatur||09/15/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Virtual Adult Programs from SCORE-Dallas for small businesses, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas on various topics, Master Wellness Certified staff members on nutrition and healthy eating, and Wise Health Center for Emotional Wellness on mindfulness.
Virtual Children's Programs--Little Learners Live resumes weekly, with a bag of books, rhymes, and craft materials that each parent can pick up to extend the learning.
|Public||Deer Park Public Library||Deer Park||08/28/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
We have added curbside pickup for those times when opening was not possible. As a rule we take almost anything that is not nailed down out to the patron at the curbside pickup. Our mobile printing service has gotten a lot of use. Our reference section is very small these days, but we allow even in house materials to circulate for short term loans. As of today, we are in the process of reopening for browsing and limited computer usage.
|Public||Val Verde County Library||Del Rio||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Https://valverdecounty.texas.gov/ which updates community information on COVID-19.|
We changed in-library Summer Reading Programs to virtual and curbside offerings. We closed down our Children's Area and re-purposed rooms for curb-service, sanitizing and quarantining returned items, distanced public computers and spaced Circulation Desk staff with laptops, installed plexiglass at Circ and Reference Desks, limited number of users in library at one time, required masks for all, took temperatures twice a day for all staff, encouraged frequent hand-washing and use of gloves for staff, installed additional hand sanitizing stations, worked from home at times, promoted the library wi-fi which can be accessed 24/7 from library, patio, courtyard, and parking lot, held book sale for teachers at school start, placed a cart of free books for each "Free Book Friday," have continuous promotions and programs via our Facebook page, keep in touch with local educators and newspaper reporters, reinforcing that the library is still here and can accommodate their needs in a slightly different manner.
|Public||East Travis Gateway Library District||Del Valle||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Driscoll Public Library||Devine||09/03/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Driscoll Public Library||Devine||10/06/2020||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Donna Public Library||Donna||09/15/2020||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Public||Dublin Public Library||Dublin||09/01/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Killgore Memorial Library||Dumas||08/31/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We have discontinued programming in the library. We did do some virtual programming through July. We have a limited number of patrons allowed in the library at a time, they are able to spend up to 1 hour in the library. We also have wi-fi available without a password.
|Public||Eula & David Wintermann Library||Eagle Lake||09/08/2020||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library||Edinburg||08/28/2020||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||We are providing information on a per need basis but not in general.|
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library had to shut its doors, staff quickly turned to social media to assist patrons at such a crucial time. With students unable to attend school, staff created virtual story times and craft activities and promoted the online digital resources.
As the effects of the pandemic continue to create financial and emotional strains, the library is reinventing its services to best meet the needs of our community.
|Public||Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library||Edinburg||10/05/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
The Sekula Memorial Library has had to reevaluate and prioritize the new needs of our community. Contactless services such as virtual programming and wireless printing as well as extended WIFI are now more crucial than ever. Curbside service is now the new normal as we continue to provide our services in a safe manner.
|Public||Elsa Public Library||Elsa||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||Library Facebook||Not at this time.|
|Public||Ennis Public Library||Ennis||08/27/2020||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.ennistx.gov/departments/Library/LibraryCOVID-19Resources|
We removed most of our chairs at our tables, leaving just one. Now, with virtual school starting and families needing WiFi access, we are having to put them back out to accommodate everyone (although we are still below 50% capacity).
|Public||Euless Public Library||Euless||08/28/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Farmers Branch Manske Public Library|
|Public||Ferris Public Library||Ferris||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Public||Florence Public Library||Florence||09/01/2020||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Our Summer Reading Program turned out much better than I expected. Patrons really liked the activity packets we provided each week and we had a good level of participation.
|Public||Jeff Davis County Library||Fort Davis||09/03/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
Kids Pantry has added regular distributions of food every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library.
We have added new electronic resources for patrons.
|Public||Fort Stockton Public Library||Fort Stockton||09/01/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||The library is a county entity so the county is doing that.|
The school has informed us there will not be any field trips for storytime so we currently do storytime on the library FACEBOOK page. The library is open to the public with limits of 20 people at a time and they must be wearing masks. We have wifi which can utilized inside and outside of the library. The public computer can be used with limited numbers for social distancing.
|Public||Frisco Public Library||Frisco||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Cooke County Library||Gainesville||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||City of Garden Ridge Library||Garden Ridge||08/28/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||ci.garden-ridge.tx.us|
No, we haven't done any streaming classes for lack of equipment. We did Summer Reading using Reader Zone, an online program, and we offer very limited classes.
|Public||Gatesville Public Library||Gatesville||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.visitgatesvilletx.com/covid-19|
We had very low participation in our Summer Reading program. Our numbers were down about 80% despite promoting on social media and website.
People are really slow about coming back in to the library. It is beginning to pick up some now that colleges have begun online classes.
|Public||Gatesville Public Library||Gatesville||09/11/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Always friendly and personable service.|
|Public||Georgetown Public Library||Georgetown||08/27/2020||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||library.georgetown.org||We are providing bookmobile and home delivery services as well as having our facility open.|
|Public||Hood County Public Library||Granbury||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Public||Guthrie CSD & King County Consolidated Library||Guthrie||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://kcl.ploud.net/welcome-to-the-new-master-public-library|
|Public||Friench Simpson Memorial Library||Hallettsville||10/06/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Haltom City Public Library||Haltom City||08/28/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.haltomcitytx.com/covid-19-operational-changes|
We have used closed time to transform from Dewey to the book store model (BISAC) of subject headings. We also created a small Teen area (even moved some of the shelves ourselves!). Organized a storage room (harder than you think!) and streamlined our DVD collection for easier check out. We did and still are, giving away free books (& craft kits)due to cancellation of annual book sale. People coming to the building is down by at least half but so many people have discovered our pickup window. We, like so many others, are hosting lots of virtual programming. This is something we will continue, in a smaller way, after social distancing is a memory.
|Public||Haltom City Public Library||Haltom City||09/11/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Two City webistes: operational changes for each dept. including the Library, (1)https://www.haltomcitytx.com/covid-19-operational-changes and (2) COVID-19 ex. orders, info & resources (e.g., CDC): https://www.haltomcitytx.com/covid-19-haltom-city-declarations-information. The Library has also ordered titles on pandemic related subjects like COVID, viruses, etc.
The staff was allowed to work on projects in the month the library was closed to the public. We did massive weeding & converted collection from Dewey to BISAC (bookstore model); created a Teen area; reorganized a storage room (harder than you think!) and streamlined our DVD collection for easier check out. We did and still are, giving away free books (& craft kits)due to cancellation of annual book sale. Stats for almost everything is down by at least half but so many people have discovered our pickup window. We, like so many others, are hosting lots of virtual programming. This is something we will continue, in a smaller way, after social distancing is a memory.
|Public||Stewart C Meyer Library||Harker Heights||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.bellcountytx.com/faq_s_-_frequently_asked_questions.php||We have been very successful with online programming despite our lack of technical knowledge.|
|Public||Haskell County Library||Haskell||09/09/2020||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Haslet Public Library||Haslet||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Waller County Library||Hempstead||09/15/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Public||Edwards Public Library||Henrietta||09/01/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Edwards Public Library||Henrietta||09/11/2020||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Public||Hewitt Public Library||Hewitt||08/27/2020||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://covidwaco.com/|
|Public||Hidalgo Public Library||Hidalgo||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Public||Hillsboro City Library||Hillsboro||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public||Hondo Public Library||Hondo||08/27/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.hondo-tx.org/news_detail_T34_R111.php|
Developed virtual early literacy and other programs including Summer Reading. Started curbside which will continue for those requesting it but expanded to grab and go shortly after reopening. Partnered with 3 ISDs for Public Library Connect by Overdrive. Today asked County Commissioners to support us in return for opening membership to all county residents; previously paid out-of-area fees. This will allow for e-resource use, database use, and if our laptop/hotspot grants are approved, check out these also. Adaptability is our path forward!
|Public||Honey Grove Library & Learning Center||Honey Grove||08/31/2020||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We have had a significant drop in readership and patronage. We are able to offer very restricted programming, and those restrictions are thought to play a significant part in this drop.
|Public||Howe Community Library||Howe||08/27/2020||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Public||Huntsville Public Library||Huntsville||08/27/2020||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||We have adjusted our levels of service several times. Recently resumed curbside on August 19.|