The Harlingen Public Library is a practical resource facility for individual citizens to borrow and use materials for personal educational enhancement and to complement and supplement our citizens' formal education. More than a thousand visitors daily use the library's new automated catalog, multimedia resources, the Internet, online periodical databases, and over 186,000 books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks, CD's, and DVD's available for circulation.
Our patrons also take advantage of the many story hours, children's programs, and the many instructional programs available for adults. The library has continually been accredited by the Texas State Library. It also has membership in the Amigos Network for fast interlibrary loan service.
Tours at the Harlingen Public Library are free! Tour request forms are available at the Children's Circulation Desk. Tours must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance during the school year. Tour requests for schools, day cares, boy/girl scout groups may also be submitted by e-mail or phone.Group tours are primarily given on Friday mornings. A regular tour generally runs between 30 - 45 minutes.For summer tours a special request must be submitted a minimum of 1 month in advance. Summer tours are not guaranteed to be accommodated especially for groups larger than 25 due to the Summer Reading Program schedule.A minimum of 1 chaperone per 10 children is required.Puppet shows, crafts, or stories are available but must be requested in advance.