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Collections and Services

Information Services
The Information Services Desk at the Main Library provides information on researching a wide variety of topics, including consumer affairs, financial reports, hobbies, club programs, business information, and student/homework assistance. A vast array of indexes and research materials, including print and electronic products, are available to help lead patrons to answers and solutions to their questions and requests. Informative public programs are organized by this department on a variety of topics including business, income taxes, investment, music performances, authors, public forums, and many others. Call (325) 676-6025 for more information.

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Children's Department
Children will enjoy our variety of storytimes, DVDs, books, and special programs, and they won't want to miss the Summer Reading Club. Each location has a separate collection of children's materials including picture books, juvenile fiction, juvenile non-fiction and teen fiction. Public computers are also available for use. Call (325) 676-6067 for more information.
In addition to the collections, the Children's Department offers a number of programs for young people, and reader's advisory and reference services for both children and adults. The children's game computers, featuring many fun and educational games, are available for use by all ages. Tours and special programs are also available. Call 676-6067 for more information about the Children's Department and its services and collections.


Genealogy Department
Unearth the truth about your family's past as you track their voyage to America and their travels around the country. Some of the tools you will use in piecing together the puzzle of your family's history are census indexes, bibliographies, and family histories. Some tenacious "relative detectives" have even traced their family line to the Mayflower. "How-to" manuals assist the beginning genealogist in their research and explain how to document their findings. The collection also includes The Abilene Reporter News (1888-present), Taylor County News (1885-1899), Merkel Mail (1890-1988), Texas Death Index (1903-1973), Texas Birth Index (1903-1976), Big Country Obituary index (1975-present), Taylor County Birth Index (1885-1943), and Taylor County Marriage Records Index (1878-1958). The United States Census from 1790-1850 is also available on microfilm. Providing a chronology of names of local people, business establishments and other places such as churches and schools, the Abilene city directories, dating from 1907, and Abilene telephone books, dating from the early 1920's, offer valuable information to local historians and researchers. In-depth research can not be performed by Library staff, but a list of professional researchers in Abilene is available upon request. Call (325) 676-6029 for more information.

South Branch
Located in southwest Abilene, the South Branch Library provides the community with popular reading materials, DVDs, audiobooks, word processing computers, and Internet access. The children's collection contains picture books, juvenile fiction, juvenile nonfiction and teen fiction. Toddlers to pre-teens will enjoy our variety of storytimes and special programs scheduled throughout the year. Call (325) 698-7565 for specific days and times.

Mockingbird Branch

APL's newest branch, the 11,880 square foot Mockingbird Branch Library, is a neighborhood library, with materials, services and programs geared to the northwest Abilene area it serves.  Popular reading materials for children and adults, DVDs, audiobooks, word processing computers, and Internet access are some of the resources offered, as well as an Activity room for larger programs and a Quiet Study Area for students and anyone who wishes a restful, cell phone free environment.  Programs for all ages are offered.  Call (325) 437-7323 for complete information.

Spanish Collection
The Main Library has a collection of adult and children's fiction and nonfiction works in Spanish. There are also on-line resources in Spanish. For more information about this collection, please contact the Information Services Desk at (325) 676-6025.

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