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Library cards are free for all patrons. Replacement cards cost $1.00 each.
To get your own library card, you must have a valid picture ID. If the address on your ID is not current, you must show some form of official proof of residency that includes your name and address, such as a lease, bank statement, or insurance card.
Ask at the Circulation Desk for library card registration, which you can fill out in less than five minutes. We will confirm the information with you and get you your library card!
New patrons are on a probationary period of two weeks and are limited to checking out five items at a time.
Parents may obtain a library card for this child if he/she is under the age of 18. A parent/guardian must sign the child's registration in person to a staff member the Circulation Desk. The parent/guardian must also show a valid picture ID. Said parent/guardian is responsible for all materials checked out by their children.
Please review all of our circulation policies and procedures.
You may renew your items in person or on the phone at (512) 332-8880.
You may renew your items online by logging into your account. Click "My account" in the top right corner, then choose "Items Out / Renewals" in the middle of your screen. You may "Renew All Items" or only certain titles by clicking on the "Renew" button at the far right side of the rows.
To reserve an item, first log-in to your account.
Second, search for the item you would like to reserve.
Thirdly, select the "Reserve this item" button. You may change how you'd like to be notified when the item is ready for you. And finally, click "Place reserve."
There are three options to obtain a book that BPL doesn't currently have in its collection.
The first is through an interlibrary loan (ILL). Via the ILL process, you tell us what book you want (it must be a book (no DVD's or CD's), must be at least one year old, and must cost less than $50 according to Amazon), we contact another library to mail it to BPL, we contact you to pick it up, you read it over two weeks, you return it to BPL, and we mail it back to the original library.
ILL's cost $2.00 per book to cover shipping costs.
Please review our ILL policies.
Further questions can be directed to Cassy Wilhelm.
The second option is for you to obtain a TexShare card. With a TexShare card, we at BPL are vouching for you as a trustworthy patron. You are able to visit other TexShare libraries (most public and university libraries in Texas) and check out books. Often, libraries will have stricter circulation policies for TexShare patrons (i.e. you can check-out fewer books).
Each TexShare card is good for one year, and we are happy to provide you with a replacement once your card has expired.
To obtain a TexShare card, you must be a BPL patron in good standing and a Bastrop city or Bastrop county resident. Ask for a TexShare card at the Circulation Desk.
Suggest a Title
Your final option is to suggest the title be added to the BPL collection. You may do so by completing the Suggest a Title form.
Yes! We have approximately 30 public computers for patrons and guests to use.
If you do not have a library card, ask for a guest pass at either the Circulation or Reference Desk.
Review our computer and internet policies.
We have black and white printing available at BPL. It is $0.10 per page.
At this time, we do not have color printing available nor wireless printing; you must print from one of our public computers.
Review our computer and internet policies.
We do have a scanner at the library! It is not connected to the internet, so you will need to save your scans to a thumbdrive (we can lend one to you if you need it) and download them to a public computer or your laptop. You are then free to access your scans.
We do have free wi-fi at BPL! You don't even need a password. Just select it from your wi-fi options on your laptop or device.
To reserve the Pressley Meeting Room or Maynard Conference Room, please check the calendar for availability.
The Pressley Meeting Room can hold 50 people, with tables or 100 tables without tables.
The Maynard Conference Room can hold 10 people seated at one large table.
You can see pictures of both rooms, as well as additional details here.
Additionally, please review our policies and procedures regarding the care and upkeep of the rooms.
When you are ready to make your reservation or if you have additional questions, please contact Cary Kittrell.
Storytime is every Wednesday and Friday morning from 10:30-11:40 in the Pressley Meeting Room. For questions concerning storytime, please contact Bonnie Pierson, Children's Librarian and Programs Supervisor, or Carmen Serna, Children's Assistant.
For additional children's programming, please visit the calendar or the kids' programming page.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
Teen volunteers must complete the application and return it to Bethany Dietrich, Teen Librarian, either at the library or via email at email@example.com.
Adult volunteers must contact Ashley Guerrero, Circulation and Volunteer Services Associate, at the library or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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