General Info

COVID-19 UPDATE
While the library is closed:
 
All materials have been renewed until May 15th and will be extended further, if necessary.  Materials may be held at home or returned in book drop.  They will be quarantined and cleaned before being returned to shelves.
 
All library cards expiring in February or March were extended until May 30, 2020 so patrons can access online resources. Please call us if you cannot access the library resources with your card.
 
There is a table outside the library with free materials from our bookstore.  Limit of 5 items per person so everyone has something.  Items were clean prior to placing on table but because others will have touched them, please wash your hands after choosing materials and either quarantine the items you take for 2 to 3 days before using or wipe them down gently with a soft cloth with an anti-bacterial agent applied to the cloth.
 
Additional free online resources were added March 23, 2020 on the My Account page through the efforts of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The following resources do NOT require a log-in: Tumble Math, TeenBookCloud, AudioBookCloud, RomanceBookCloud, and TumbleBooks.  These will be available to HPL and its patrons free of charge through August 31, 2020.
 
Check out the Hondo Public Library Facebook page for regular updates and for an online StoryTime on Wednesday.
 
FREE Wi-Fi is available in the library parking lot for those without access at home.


General Information
The Hondo Public Library is a public facility funded by the residents of Hondo through their taxes. The Library is located on the corner of Avenue K and 20th Street. It is an accredited member of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).

The Library collection consists of books for all ages, periodicals, audio books, DVDs, and newspapers. The collection also includes a local history area.


Special Collections
include the Caregiver's Resource Center made possible by the Alzheimer's Association; the Celebration of Life Collection given in memory of Susan Porter Zuberbueler and Ginger Fohn by the Sigma Tau Sorority; Rotary, adult; Rotary, top 100 children's books; Rowland Collection in honor of Alex Rowland; the Fletcher and Roberta Hopp Davis Memorial Texana Collection.


Public Access Computers
are equipped with a high speed connection to the Internet making it convenient for patrons to do research, homework, check e-mail, analyze stock and do job searches and applications. The software on the computers allow patrons to prepare flyers, brochures, invitations, resumes and other printed documents.

Children's Programs include StoryTime!, Tiny Tot Tales and the Summer Reading Program. Highlighting the summer months is the ever popular Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The program begins the last week in May and runs through early July.


Library Tours may be arranged for schools, daycare providers, scout troops, and others by contacting the library at 830-426-5333.

How to obtain a Library card
To receive a borrower’s card, a person must present one of the following forms of current identification:
  • Driver’s license/State ID*
  • Current utility bill (telephone, electric, water)
*Proof of address is required if (driver's license or state ID) card does NOT have current address.

Hondo Residents:
Persons who live in or own property inside the city limits of Hondo and have appropriate forms of identification are eligible for an initial library card at no charge.

Non-City Residents:
$15.00 Individual/Family membership annually

$10.00 Senior citizen (55+) membership annually

Why do I have to pay a membership if I live outside of the city limits?
The library operates under the support of the City of Hondo through revenue generated from citizens' property taxes and utilities. Although non-city residents may pay county taxes, this revenue is considered county income which does not support the library or local city government. We hope this will help in understanding the procedure used in acquiring a membership.


Bookstore:
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Book Sale Prices
Pink $2.00 Yellow $1.00 Green $0.50
Donations are always welcome.

Fines and Fees
Books, Audio Books, ILL Books
$.10 cents, per day & per item
(Maximum of $5 per item)
 
Videos & DVDs
$1.00, per day & per item
(Maximum of $10 per item)
 
Prints and Copies
Black & White $.10 cents, per page
Color $1.00, per page
 
Out Going Fax
$1.00 per page, including cover sheet
 
Replacement Library Card
$1.00, per card
 

Charges for Lost or Damaged Material
If a patron loses a library item or damages an item so that further circulation is impossible, the patron will be charged the full replacement price of the item plus a $3.00 processing fee. This applies to books, audio books, DVDs and videos.

Library Policies:
Click here for Library Collection Development Policy 2019
Click here for 3D Printer Policy 2019
Click here for the Library Cell Phone Policy 2019
Click here for the Library Service Policy 2019