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Any resident with a New Braunfels address (now including all 78130 and 78132 addresses) can obtain a free library card. To obtain a library card, please come to the library with a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) and proof of residence, and library staff will direct you to our self-signup station.
You can also apply for a library card online here — click "Sign Up" in the upper righthand corner and fill out the form. You can apply for a card with full borrowing privileges by uploading a document such as your driver’s license; otherwise, you will receive an Internet card for access to eResources.
Yes. If you have a wireless enabled device, wireless internet access is available at the Library. We also offer wireless printing by website, app, or email.
Website: Go to printeron.net/nbpl/mainlibrary
App: Download PrinterOn app on your device.
Email: Send an attachment to one of the following email addresses, depending on your color and page size preference.
Black & White Letter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Black & White Legal: email@example.com
Color Letter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Color Legal: email@example.com
Check out the Library Calendar (or click on the Library Calendar tab on our main page). We offer programs for children, teens, and adults at both our main branch and the Westside Community Center.
Please note: Many events require registration, which you can do online through our calendar or by calling us at 830-221-4300. All library events are free to the public.
Books, Audiobooks, & CDs3 weeks (with 1 renewal*)
New Books (Adult) & New Audiobooks2 weeks (with 2 renewals*)
DVDs 1 week (with 2 renewals*)
Materials that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed at noon on their due date. Materials can also be renewed* by phone during normal business hours or online anytime.*
*As long as items are not on reserve for another patron. Materials on reservation by other patrons are not eligible for renewal.
Late Charges: The New Braunfels Public Library has been fine-free since February 2020. Patron accounts will be blocked from further checkouts when one or more items on the account reaches 14 days past the final due date. If items remain out past 14 days, the item will be considered "lost" and the patron will be billed a replacement fee for the item. If the patron returns the item, the block and the charge on the account will be lifted.
Lost or Damaged Items:
Borrowing Privileges: If items remain checked out on a card 14 days past the final due date, the cardholder will not be allowed to check out more items. Overdue reminders are sent automatically by phone, text, or email when materials are one week late.
Reserves: Every patron may place 15 items on reserve.
Returning Materials: You can return your library materials by dropping them in the outdoor bookdrop next to the large blue doors on the East Street side of the building or in the indoor bookdrop inside the front doors of the library by the Service Desk.
Materials that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed at noon on their due date. Materials can also be renewed* in person at the library, by phone during normal business hours, or online anytime.*
Yes. When an item remains checked out 14 days or more past its final due date, use of the library and its services will be denied.
We allow checkout of 50 items per person.
Late Charges: The New Braunfels Public Library has been fine-free since February 2020. Patron accounts will be blocked from further checkouts when one or more items on the account reaches 14 days past the final due date.
If items remain out past 14 days, the item will be considered "lost" and the patron will be billed a replacement fee for the item. If the patron returns the item, the block and the charge on the account will be lifted.
Yes! Our library subscribes to Overdrive, rbDigital, and Freegal, which provide access to free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. You can check out all of our digital resources- even search for digital titles- through our catalog page here.
The library subscribes to over 60 electronic resources, including "Overdrive," "rbdigital," "Flipster," "Freegal Music," “Rocket Languages,” “Pronunciator” and “Atomic Training.”
We also provide a wealth of resources through the Texas State Library’s Discover Texas program.
All of our resources are easily accessible through the Catalog page tab on the library’s homepage- just sign in and explore!
If you have a current library card, simply log in to your library account and scroll down till you see the heading "Is the library missing something?" Please choose "Yes" when asked if it's ok to borrow from another library, as a small postage fee applies. Enter as much information as you can about the item (author, title, format, fiction or nonfiction, part of a series, etc.). You can request three ILLs simultaneously.
If you would like assistance with an ILL request, please stop by the Help Desk.
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The Westside Community Center holds a small collection of library materials, as well as computers for public use. It is open:
The library also offers two study rooms for individual and small group study. They may be reserved for up to two hours of use per day either by calling 221-4300 or in person. For more information, see the Meeting & Study Rooms page.
When can I drop off donations?You can drop off small donations (under 4 boxes) anytime during library hours at the front desk or by car at the front of the library. If you drive to the front of the library, call 830-221-4300 for curbside assistance. Large donations (over 5 boxes) should be dropped off by appointment only. Call 830-221-4300 for details.
Is there a limit to how many books/boxes I can donate?No limit! However, please be aware that large donations (5 or more boxes/bags) will require a different drop-off time so the library can coordinate with the Friends of the Library.
Do I get a tax receipt?You can request a tax receipt upon time of drop-off.
Can I keep my bags/boxes?Yes, but please let us know when you call so we can bring out the appropriate cart to move your items.
Where do I go for more donation information?Call 830-221-4300 for more information or for curbside assistance. Library