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Library Services

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Ask a Librarian!
Get answers and research help by email, chat or phone.

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Community Services
Tutoring, meeting rooms, adaptive equipment, tours, information for new immigrants.

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Computer Training
Free classes on a variety of topics at the Little Walnut Creek, Ruiz, and Faulk Central libraries. Some classes are in Spanish.

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Connected Youth
We offer laptops, provide mobile media programs, and empower young people to use the library collection for discovery and to develop a love of reading.

Reference Databases

Full-text magazine and newspaper articles, ebooks, language learning, dictionaries and encyclopedias, auto and TV repair schematics, and practice tests.


FindIt Online Catalog
Search the catalog, place a hold on a title, and renew your checked out materials.

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APL Recommends
Reading lists created by staff librarians, plus award winners, classics, and other acclaimed fiction and nonfiction.

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Información en español
Información sobre las reglas de préstamo, las clases de computación, el Programa para el Nuevo Inmigrante y los servicios de la ciudad.

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Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows card holders to borrow materials not owned by the Austin Public Library.

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Internet Access
Public computers provide free access to the Internet and have MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Access installed. Every location also has free wireless.

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Library Cards
Check out books, DVDs, music cds, audiobooks, and use the online databases remotely.

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Meeting Rooms
The Austin Public Library provides meeting rooms for the public.

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Program and Event Calendar
Austin Public Library sponsored events.


TexShare Card Program
Borrow materials directly from The University of Texas, Austin Community College, and libraries outside Austin.


Video Tutorials
Get the most out of your Library. Use our free tutorials to learn how to search for a book in the APL system, access your account, use MS Word, use MS Excel, search our databases, locate news articles, find businesses, and much more.

Virtual Branch of the Austin Public Library

Virtual Library
Our virtual library is open 24 hours a day. Check out our downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks and more!

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Youth Services
Youth programs, resources, and reading lists entertain and enlighten Austin kids and teens.

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