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USING THE LIBRARY

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If you don't have one already, the best way to get started at the library is to get a library card

Once you have a library card you can check out up to 50 materials at once. You can also access our digital resources with your library card. 

If you have additional questions, check out our frequently asked questions below. If we don't address your question below then fill out our Ask a Librarian form to get email assistance or call (903)593-7323.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to have a library card to come to a program?

    No. All of our programs are free and open to the public. We encourage anyone to attend. Some programs may require registration.
  • Do you have copiers and fax services?

    Yes! The library has two public copiers available on the 1st floor and 3rd floor. These copiers are funded by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white and 25 cents per page for color. Faxing services are available for request at the information desk for fees. See our fax page for more details.
  • Do you have study rooms?

    We do not have study rooms or meeting rooms for private meetings available. We have two meeting spaces available for registration if the event fits our policy. If someone needs a quiet space, we recommend the tables in the corners of the second floor or the local history room. 
  • Do you take donations?

    We do take donations. See our donations page for more details.
  • Does the library have color printing?

    We do not have color printing at this time. You can make color copies if you have something in color already.
  • Does the library have public computers?

    Yes, we do offer public computers. They are available on our third floor. We always have a staff member on duty to assist with anything. If you have a library card you can walk up to an open computer, type in your library card, and get started. If you don't have a card you can speak to the person at the desk and get a guest pass for $1. For more information, see our computer lab page.
  • How do I log into my account?

    First, visit our catalog. Once you're there, you'll log in using the following method. 

    • Last name, first name - this is how we put it in our system. If you used your middle name on your application, then you will need to include that.
    • Barcode (the full 28957 number)
    • Password - If you have never setup your password then it will be changeme 

    If you have any issues, contact us. We'll be happy to help you get logged in.

  • How do I request a hold?

    To request a hold on any material, visit our holds page for details. Holds can be placed in the library, online, and over the phone. They can be picked up at our self-service hold shelf between the self-checkouts. 
  • How does the Dewey Decimal System work?

    If you've ever come into the library and looked for a non-fiction book or DVD, you've likely encountered the Dewey Decimal System. The Dewey Decimal System is broken up into different numbers that are organized based on subject.

    • 000 – Computer science, information, and general works
    • 100 – Philosophy and psychology (includes self-help books)
    • 200 – Religion
    • 300 – Social sciences (includes finance books)
    • 400 – Language
    • 500 – Science
    • 600 – Technology (includes medicine & health, gardening, cooking, jobs & resumes, and more)
    • 700 – Arts and recreation (includes television and sports)
    • 800 – Literature (includes poetry and classics)
    • 900 – History and geography (includes travel)

    If you're looking for something more specific, all you need to do is search our catalog. If you were looking for a cook book you'd find those in 641.5. You'll find a lot more than one cook book in that same area. 

    If you're looking for biographies, you'll find these at the end of all of non-fiction on the second floor. They are shelved alphabetically. Fiction books are broken into genre sections and organized by last name for convenience.

  • How many items can I check out? For how long?

    Up to 50 items at one time! For information on how long, see our materials table. 
  • I have a TexShare card. May I use it at the Tyler Public Library?

    No, we do not accept TexShare cards. To use library resources and check out materials you must have a Tyler Public Library card.
  • I lost my library card. How do I get a replacement?

  • If I don't have a Library card, what services are available to me?

    Anyone is welcome at the library. While you may not borrow materials, you may use many other library resources and services:

    • Browse and read materials in the library
    • Use public computers by paying for a $1 guest pass
    • Access Wi-Fi (COT-Guest)
    • Attend library programs
    • Use fee-based services such as faxing, printing, copying, test proctoring, etc. 
  • If I don't live in city limits, can I still get a library card?

    Yes, you can get a library card. We're funded by property taxes, so if you live within city limits then your library card is included in your taxes. The fee for non-residents ensures that all Tyler Public Library members provide financial support for the materials and services used. 

    Non-resident membership options:

    • $10 for a month
    • $50 for six-months
    • $90 for a year

    Non-resident Veterans and Seniors (65+) options:

    • $5 for a month
    • $25 for six-months
    • $45 for a year

    Non-resident memberships are not automatically renewed. They will need to be paid for at the circulation desk. 

    For more information on memberships, please see our circulation policy or the get a library card page.

  • What if I left my library card at home?

    We allow you to check out using your driver's license. This can only be done once. If you lost your card, you can purchase a new one for $1 at the circulation desk.
  • What's my library card number?

    Your library card number is the entire series of numbers below the barcode on your library card. Enter this number with no spaces. All library card numbers start with 28957.
  • Where can I return books?

    We have several book-drop locations available:

    • Inside the library immediately to the left of the front doors there are two slots available to return all types of materials.
    • Outside the building under the awning is a book drop.
    • By the front doors is the AV book drop where DVDs, CDs, and other related materials can be returned. Please do not return AV materials to any book drops besides this one and the inside slots.
    • At Pollard Park.
    • At Faulkner Park outside the Police Station.

    View our map for details in location.