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Guide to Austin Libraries: Austin Public Library

You're never far from a library in Austin. Here's what you need to know to take advantage of all Austin libraries have to offer.

Did you know?

The City of Austin has its own book store called Recycled Reads. They accept the Booher Library's discarded material as well as donations from the public. Recycled Reads sells, recycles or repurposes this material, and all the proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library. 

Austin Public Library (APL)

With twenty neighborhood branches, a history center, a book store, and a new state of the art central library, you won't go far in Austin without stumbling across the Austin Public Library. If you'd like to gain remote access to their extensive databases, check out books, movies, and music, or attend a library program, getting your APL library card is the best place to start.

You will need:

  • Your driver's license or other form of ID (not expired)
  • Mail that proves your current Austin address. 

Visit any branch for a card, but be sure to check the library's hours before you visit. Questions? Visit APL's contact page.

Exciting news

100,000 people visit the new Central Library each month. Have you seen it yet? Be sure to place it on your Austin to-do list! Read all about this new library here.