by Kathy Gilmore
P.O. Box 67
807 W. Hamilton St.
Olney, Texas 76374
Telephone: 940 564-5513
Fax: 940 564-3453
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero
About Your Library
The Olney Community Library and Arts Center is a combined school/public library in a cooperative arrangement between the City of Olney and the Olney Independent School District. When established in 1974, this unique library system was one of the very few of its kind in the world. The new library building, completed in 1979, has become an integral part of the community. The library mission—”TO SERVE THE LEARNING AND ENRICHMENT NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY”—serves as a guide for the continual growth of this special facility.
About Your Library Services
The library currently owns over 34,000 volumes with an annual circulation of approximately 55,000 items.
—Pre-School Story Time—
Each Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:00, youngsters and their parents, may enjoy stories, films, puppets, and other special programs.
—Summer Reading Club—
A summer program for children, youth, and adults, includes sessions featuring storytellers, a pet show, films, and story hours. Certificates of award are presented at the beginning of the school year.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest—October
—Books and Collections—
Current and best-selling works of fiction and non-fiction are available for three-week check-out periods. Also available are our audio books on tape or CD. We offer a variety of books in large print and Spanish language. No overdue fines are charged on these reading materials, but they must be returned or renewed before others may be checked out.
Our reference collection and limited selection of government documents may aid in any research project you may pursue.
You will be proud of our Texas Collection which assembles an extensive array of materials about our state and local interests.
Unique to the Olney Library is a World War II Room dedicated to the heroes of our local community who served, and are serving, in our armed services.
The Library subscribes to over seventy periodicals and daily newspapers which are available in the library reading area. Back issues of magazines are available for check out. The Olney Enterprise is kept in archival form since 1915 and may be read and printed from our microfilm reader or from the online digital format.
The Library has a Local History/Archives Collection which contains articles of interest to Olney and Young County researchers. This collection is available upon scheduling with the library staff.
—Computers and Internet—
There are public-use computers available for most of your uses including programs for word processing graphics, spread sheets, and internet research purposes, some available with multi-language capabilities. Check-in procedures are required for computer use, and internet users must sign an acceptable usage agreement. All students may use the internet in their designated areas or with adult supervision in other areas. Gaming is limited to afterschool hours and holidays. Wi-Fi is now available for both high school and public use and is password protected.
The Library has one adult-access computer station, courtesy of Brazosnet, for sending and checking e-mail (which is network-blocked at other stations). No students may use social networking on Library computers.
Special electronic subscription services for all library patrons include TEXSHARE databases, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Learning Express practice tests.
Your library provides both VHS and DVD format popular and classic movies and educational films, some in Spanish, for adult check-out. There is a four-day check-out period with fines of $1.00/day/movie in late fees.
Please do not return AV materials
in outside book drop!
—Other Services and Attractions—
• Inter-Library Loan network and ordering
• Paperback swap
• Meeting Room reservations for non-profits
• Fax machine
• Copy machine
• Scanner and color printers
• Art exhibits
• Handicapped computer station
• Other handicap adapted appliances