Services

Amarillo Public Library has a number of special services to better serve the community. Select a service listed to the left for more information.

Telephone Renewals

For added convenience, all items may be renewed by telephone provided there is no reserve placed on an item. Please be ready to give your library card number to a staff member when calling to renew items. To renew by phone please call the Circulation Desk of any Amarillo Public Library location.

Central Library 378-3054
Southwest Branch 359-2094
North Branch 381-7931
Northwest Branch 359-2035
East Branch 342-1589

Holds

Patrons may place a hold on items which are in high demand and are charged out. The patron will be contacted when the reserved item has been returned. The item will be held for three days for the patron to pick up.

No fee is charged for holds which are available at another APL location.

Patrons outside the Amarillo Public Library service area may request materials through Interlibrary Loan through their local libraries.

Patrons may place holds on materials at any Reference Department of any library outlet, or by calling the Central Library Reference Department at 378-3049.


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that gives patrons access to a wider selection of library materials than may be available in a local library. ILL allows libraries to share resources for the benefit of our users.

Amarillo Public Library continues to offer ILL service to its patrons, but asks those who use the service to help cover part of the cost. As of October 1, 2011, a $3 per item charge will be added to patron accounts for materials acquired through Interlibrary Loan. The charge is assessed when the requested item arrives at the Amarillo Public Library. Standard overdue fines apply to ILL materials.

Until August 31, 2011, interlibrary loan for public libraries in Texas was entirely funded by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, which covered 100% of the costs for staffing, packing, couriers and postage. During the 2011 State Legislative session, funding for the Texas State Library was cut 67% and funding for all ILL centers was eliminated as a result. A $3 per item charge on ILL materials covers one-way postage for ILL materials. Amarillo Public Library continues to cover 100% of administrative costs of the program, as well as 50% of postage costs.

All Interlibrary Loan requests are handled by reference staff at any Amarillo Public Library location.

Phone: (806) 378-3053
Fax: (806) 378-9326
Mailing Address: Amarillo Public Library
  Interlibrary Loan
  413 E. 4th
  Amarillo, TX 79101
Email reference@amarillolibrary.org
   
Online Complete the online form

Meeting Rooms

Amarillo Public Library has meeting rooms at all locations to be used by non-profit community organizations. All meetings are open to the public.

Fee per use

a. Standard Single Conference Room $20.00
b. Double Conference Room $40.00
c. Board Room $15.00
For more details, please read our meeting room policy. To check availability or for more information, please call one of the following numbers:

Central Library 378-3057
Southwest Branch 359-2094
North Branch 381-7931
Northwest Branch 359-2035
East Branch 342-1589

Teacher Services

The Youth Department Staff of Amarillo Public Library offers a number of special services to teachers.
 
Teacher Loan Policy – Teachers inside the city limits may check out up to 50 items for 42 days.
 
Pulling Books – The youth staff will pull and hold books for teachers. Please give us two to three days to pull books. Bring in or FAX your list of topics, grade levels and/or titles to us.
 
Special Programs – We offer special programs consisting of skits, stories & songs three times a year – fall, Christmas, and spring. Reservations are required. Please contact the Central Library for details and scheduling.
 
Scavenger Hunt – The Central Library has a scavenger hunt to provide you and your students a fun, educational and informative way to learn your way around the Library. Scheduling is required.
 
Tours – All locations offer tours by appointment. Please call for details and scheduling.
 
School Visits – Please invite us out to your classroom for storytelling & storytimes for elementary ages and booktalks for 3rd grade through high school.
 
Booklists – For early elementary grades, we have bibliographies available for your use listing titles in our collection by subject. A sampling of subjects includes seasons, farm, transportation, & grandparents. We also have subject index guides and lists of recommended books available.
 
Other Materials – In addition to books, we also have talking books, children’s CD’s, and videos available for use.