Library Services



Collections
The Harker Heights Public Library has something for everybody. The Library offers books and eBooks, DVDs, audiobooks and eAudios, playaways, and other reference and circulating materials on a wide variety of topics. The Library houses collections of both informative and entertaining materials for patrons of all ages. Among the Library's special collections are the ample Texas Collection, the Large Print Collection, the Young Adult Collection, as well as a collection of materials for children and caregivers.

Internet Access
The Library has FREE access to the Internet for patrons. Currently the Library has terminals available for use for one hour and for fifteen minutes. Use of the Internet is on a "first come, first serve" basis. Internet access is not filtered. Printing from the Internet is $0.10 per page. Parents of children ages 17 and under must visit the Library to sign a parental permission form in order for their chidlren to access the unfiltered Internet. A homework computer containing Microsoft applications and limited access to sites specifically used for homework, research, and job search is available to all patrons.

Test Proctoring
The Harker Heights Public Library has qualified proctors who will perform free test proctoring for online tests or paper tests mailed to us. We cannot proctor tests requiring the proctor to be in the room with the student for the entire exam. We require at least 72 library business hours advance notice for scheduling online tests and at least two weeks notice for paper tests that must be obtained from another institution. If you have not received a response through e-mail or through the phone within 72 library business hours, then please call the library at 254-953-5492. While we will make every effort to accommodate your schedule, we cannot guarantee your first choice appointment. Students wishing to have an exam proctored must obtain a library card prior to the scheduled appointment.To schedule a test, you can fill out a proctor request form at the library or online.

Reference Assistance
Do you have a question? Do you need help finding a book? The Library provides assistance in finding library materials and using the Internet during all hours of operation -- in person, by phone or e-mail. Click here to ask a librarian! Also, visit our reference page for 24/7 resources.

TexShare Databases
Authoritative and Commercial-Free; The Harker Heights Public Library and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission provide for public library patrons an incredible resource for research and personal fulfillment. These online TexShare Databases contain authoritative articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, and encyclopedias. Click here to access the databases. You must have a library card to get the login and password.

Here's what these TexShare Databases offer:

  • Search Results You Won't Find on Google or Yahoo:  "Free" search engines on the Internet often yield results that are inaccurate, non-authoritative, cluttered with advertising, or inappropriate for children. They only search pages on the Internet. In contrast, the commercial databases licensed by TexShare offer authoritative, full-text articles from verifiable, subscription-only sources. Every search yields results you won't see anywhere else. 
  • A Research Library on Your Computer:  Think of the TexShare Databases as your own virtual library. Its electronic "shelves" are stocked with encyclopedias; reference books; literature; medical information; technical, business, and scientific journals; and even current newspapers and magazines. The TexShare Databases put this virtual library -- current, accurate, and commercial-free -- on the desktops for all Texans. With materials from many different "publishers," users will find information in various formats and geared to a wide range of audience needs. Each "publisher" offers a unique search engine designed to help users find exactly what they're looking for. 
  • Access for Texans:  The TexShare Databases are available as a service exclusively for Texans. License agreements with the vendors do not permit us to provide access to users outside of Texas. Violation of these license agreements could jeopardize ongoing availability of these resources. 
  • A Public Service:  The TexShare Databases are offered as a public service from your local public or academic library and by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Contact your local Texas public or academic library for information on becoming an authorized user of the TexShare Databases. Employees at most state agencies also have access to these resources.

Call the Reference Desk at (254) 953-5496 or visit the Library for more information about using these databases at home or at the Library.

Copiers, Wordprocessing
The Library provides a copy machine and computers for use by the public. While the Library does not charge for any time spent ont the computer the library does charge printing fees. Copies from the computer, internet and copier is $0.10 per page.


Interlibrary Loan
Can't find the materials that you need here at the Library? The Library can try to get those materials for you from other area Libraries. Call (254) 953-5491 for more information or to order materials through the Interlibrary Loan program, or fill out our online request form here. The library card belonging to the person for whom the request was placed must be presented to pick up an interlibrary loan book.


Holds
Use our online catalog or call or visit the library to place a hold on a book that is checked out. The library card belonging to the person for whom the request was placed must be presented to pick up a hold.