Haltom City Public Library - Services
The Haltom City Public Library offers a variety of services to the public. Please contact library staff if you have any further questions about services offered below.
All Storytimes listed below are at 10:45 a.m.
If you want to talk to the Children’s Librarian please contact Kansas Terry.
Movin' & Groovin'
Join us for a musically driven storytime full of movin’, groovin’ and even some readin’! Open to all ages!
Stories, songs and rhymes in both English and Spanish! Perfect for Spanish and non-Spanish speakers of all ages!
Lapsit storytime for ages 2 and under focusing on the importance of reading and interacting with your baby to encourage learning from an early age!
Do you enjoy a “traditional” storytime with songs, rhymes, and books? Then this storytime is perfect for you! This program is open to children of all ages. Storytime Stars was previously known as Preschool Storytime.
We offer local and long distance fax service. Charges are $1.00 per page. The charges apply to both sending and receiving. We do not provide international faxing. Faxes may be sent from the Copy & Print Center during Library business hours. The fax number used is 817-788-1499.
General Education Diploma (GED)
GED classes are held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5 - 8:00 p.m. at the Haltom City Public Library.
For other classes & testing sites (for Citizenship, ESL & GED classes) please call or visit the Tarrant Literacy Coalition at 817-402-7555, the Ft Worth ISD at 817-815-7750 or Birdville ISD at 817-547-5440.
The public meeting rooms are primarily for the use of the Library for conferences, meetings, activities and library programs. Programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the library or other Haltom City departments take precedent over all other programs.
As a service to the community, we also make the meeting rooms available to other local institutions, organizations and groups of civic, cultural and educational nature and individual residents when the rooms are not scheduled for use by the library or other city department. Use of the meeting rooms by these groups or individuals is subject to the usage regulations and charges listed in the policy manual.
Have a special event in mind...rent a a space at the Haltom City Public Library. Rentals require a minimum of two (2) hours and full payment must be made no later than 14 days before the scheduled date that the reservation is for.
|1/2 Room w/o Kitchenette||1/2 Room w/ Kitchenette||Full Room|
|Haltom City Resident
||$15/hr x 2 = $30||$20/hr x 2 = $40||$30/hr x 2 = $60|
|Non-Resident||$25/hr x 2 = $50||$30/hr x 2 = $60||$50/hr x 2 = $100|
|Haltom City Resident||$30/hr x 2 = $60||$40/hr x 2 = $80||$60/hr x 2 = $120|
|Non-Resident||$50/hr x 2 = $100||$60/hr x 2 = $120||$100/hr x 2 = $200|
|Full Room w/ tables & chairs||50|
|Full Room w/ chairs only||75-100|
|1/2 Room with tables & chairs||20|
|1/2 Room with chairs only||30-40|
All reservations are subject to cancellation in those instances where the library or other city department requires the room for its purposes. In such cases, we will notify the applicant at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled use.
Organizations, groups or individuals who fail to comply with all policies and procedures of the library, who fail to pay assessed fees and charges, who damage equipment or furnishings, or who cause disturbances shall be ineligible for use of the facility in the future.
Call our administrative office at 817-222-7790, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, for more information.
Haltom City Parks & Recreation also rents out rooms and park pavilions.
Fees: $6.00 for first signature and $1.00 for each additional signature.
The Haltom City Public Library can assist with notary service when the certified Notary Public is available. They are not attorneys and may not help patrons fill out legal forms or offer legal advice.
- Forms must be brought in unsigned and signed in the notary’s presence.Signers must be present for form to be notarized.
- Services are only available during the library’s hours of operation.
- Notary services are offered at the library’s discretion and are not a primary or overriding library responsibility.
- Patrons desiring notary services should call ahead 817-222-7786 to ensure a notary is available. Service cannot be guaranteed to patrons who do not call ahead.
- All individuals seeking notarization as well as any known witnesses must provide valid photoidentification issued by the United States government.The identification cannot be expired.
Acceptable forms of identification:
- US state issued photo ID such as a driver’s license
- United States passport
- US work visa
- State issued gun license
- US military ID
Unacceptable Identification documents:
- Social Security cards
- Birth certificates
- Credit cards
- The library is unable to notarize using credible witnesses
- IDs, visas, or passports from countries other than the United States
- Witnesses WILL NOT be provided by the library nor can witnesses be obtained from general library patrons.Witnesses must have personal knowledge of the individual requiring the notarization and witnesses must provide appropriate and valid photo identification.It is the signer’s job to produce witnesses should it be required in court later.
- Documents in languages other than English may not be notarized nor may a translator be used as notary and signer must be able to communicate directly.If the signer does not speak English they must go to a notary who speaks the same language.
- Services are not available for deeds, mortgages, wills, living wills, living trusts, codicils, or depositions.
- Public documents, including birth and death certificates and marriage licenses, may not be notarized.This is called a certified copy and must be obtained by the County Clerk’s Office.
***Our notaries reserve the right to refuse notarize any document for any reason.***
We proctor exams free of charge. However, we are unable to proctor exams that require constant observation. To ask questions or arrange an exam please contact Erica Gill, Kansas Terry, Lani Hahn or Christina Barton.
We can help you find information on home and car repair, directions to places, and more. We are trained in how to find and evaluate information so we can help you find useful information faster. We can also help you locate organizations that help with educational, legal, medical, tax, debt and other problems.
AARP provides income tax preparation assistance each year from February 1, through April 15. Assistance is by appointment only on Thursdays, from 12:00 to 4:00. We make appointments at the reference desk starting the last week of January.
We provide deliveries of books, etc., to residents confined to their homes in a temporary or permanent capacity.
Please contact Librarian Alison Long to arrange homebound service.
- All library materials (books, audiobooks, magazines and movies) may be checked out for three weeks.
- Any item may be renewed twice, unless another individual has placed a reserve on it. Either call the library at 817-222-7785 or go online. Many items are automatically renewed if they are eligible (i.e., there are no blocks, no fines of $5.00 and over and no reserves; two times only).
- The other MetrOPAC libraries have separate loan periods. Please check your account for due dates.
All library materials (books, audiobooks, magazines and movies) may be checked out for three weeks.
How to Get a Library Card
- Haltom City residents and business owners qualify for a free library card when they show a photo ID and a proof of residency, such as a valid driver's license, DPS identification card, voter registration card, lease agreement, utility bill, or other identifying document showing a current address. Business owners must show proof of ownership. Cards for children ages 0-17 years require a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature in person. For more information, please phone the Circulation Desk at 817 222-7785.
*Please note, to determine if you are a City of Haltom City resident, conduct a simple property data search through the Tarrant Appraisal District. Haltom City residents will have HALTOM CITY listed as the city/taxing jurisdiction.
- The application for a new library card must be filed in person. To save time, please find a copy of the application here that can be downloaded, printed, filled out and taken into the library.
- Non-residents living in one of the MetrOPAC cities use their own city’s library card in Haltom City as well.
- People living outside of the MetrOPAC cities may apply for a non-resident card (no charge at this time) by also presenting a valid ID and proof of residency. Please note, non-resident HC Public Library cards are not honored at the other MetrOPAC libraries. The other libraries have their own policies for non-resident cards. To contact a MetrOPAC library their websites are linked below under MetrOPAC.
- The TexShare Library Card program is a reciprocal borrowing card with participating libraries in Texas. Haltom City residents may obtain a TexShare card at the HC Public Library. To obtain a TexShare card a patron must be a HC Public Library card holder for 6 months, in good standing, with no outstanding fines or fees. The card is good for one (1) year.
Fines & Fees
Haltom City does not charge overdue fees. The other MetrOPAC libraries have different charges. If your total fines are over $5, or you have materials overdue, your borrowing privileges may be suspended. Once all fines have been paid and materials have been returned, your privileges will be reinstated. The Haltom City Public Library can accept payments for the other MetrOPAC libraries. Payment by credit card may be made through your account online.
Book Pick-up Window/Return Chutes
The drive through pick-up window (open during business hours only) allows patrons to pick-up reserved materials (books, movies, audios) without leaving the car. Please call first to arrange to pick-up items at the window. The telephone number is 817-222-7786. All library materials can be returned in the drive through book return at any time. Both pick-up and return can be found on the west side of the building.
We are part of the MetrOPAC library agreement. Haltom City residents may use their Haltom City Library card to borrow from other MetrOPAC libraries as if they were residents of the other cities. The other MetrOPAC cities are:
We also receive deliveries from the MetrOPAC libraries five times/week. Books and movies are sent to us by request for our residents to pick up. The rules of the other library must be followed when borrowing their items.
We can ask other libraries to send us books and other library material from around the world. If you want something that cannot be found locally, ask us about it. To find out what we can request, check the WorldCat world catalog. A $3.00 charge for postage will be added per item.
Little Free Library
The Haltom City Public Library hosts a Little Free Library in Haltom City. This is in partnership with the Watauga Middle School (WMS). The structure was built by a friend of school librarian, Stephanie Roe, at WMS. Ms. Roe also wrote a grant for the initial collection of books. This is located behind the office of White Creek Mobile Home Community on Huddleston Street in Haltom City. This started May 15, 2018. These books are maintained/donated by the HC Public Library and readers in the community . HC Public Library supplies the library with mostly children's books.
In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother; she was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it, so he built several more and gave them away." As of 2020 there are 100,000 registered free libraries all over the world.
MetrOPAC - The Fort Worth Area Catalog
MetrOPAC is the combined catalog for Haltom City, Benbrook, Burleson, Fort Worth, Keller, Richland Hills, and Watauga. Books and movies found in our catalog may be transferred, upon request, to any library in the MetrOPAC system for resident cardholders to pick up at no charge.
WorldCat - The World Catalog
WorldCat is a combined catalog for the entire world. Participating libraries will, at our request, send books and movies to Haltom City for our cardholders to pick up. Photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles can also be delivered when the issue and page numbers are identified.
Texas State Library Databases (TexShare Databases)
Direct access to the Texas State Library Databases is now available for current Haltom City Public Library card holders.
Texas State Library Databases provide access to reliable and authoritative information in varying fields of interest such as genealogy & history, business resources, homework & education, health & medicine, science & technology, books & literature and many more. Various databases are offered with Spanish language content such as EBSCO host en español, Economia y Negocios, Fuente Academica, and MedicLatina.
Patrons can now access digital magazines through your Haltom City Public Library. Enjoy complete digital editions of popular magazines (link here), many of which are only available in this format. To access the 84 titles all you need are an email address and an HCPL library card.
- Read your magazines anytime, anywhere, on PCs, Macs, or mobile devices
- Apps are available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android and Windows 8
- Download full-color magazines with interactive elements such as audio and video
- Check out an unlimited number of magazine issues, and keep them as long as you want
- No waiting or checkout period
- Intuitive searching and navigating within each magazine
Reference Solutions is the premier source of information for business and consumer reference and research. Reference Solutions includes:
- U.S. Businesses – Data for more than 45 million businesses includes company name, location (address and geo-location coordinates), industries, size (sales volume and number of employees), year established, names of owners and executives, and more
- U.S. Historical Businesses – Historical data for over 198 million business back to 2003
- U.S. Jobs / Internships – Custom search for over 2.5 million job postings
- U.S. New Businesses – 50,000 new businesses are added each week
- U.S. Healthcare – Search for more than 1.2 million doctors and dentists
- U.S. Standard White Pages – Search for over 150 million residents
- U.S. Consumers / Lifestyles – Search over 271 million individuals for market research and to find friends and relatives
- U.S New Movers / Homeowners – Over 300,000 movers and over 100,000 new homeowners are added each week
Genealogy & History Resources
- FamilySearch - Discover your family’s story through historical records.
- Texas State Library & Archives Commission - Genealogy Resources Includes vital statistics indexes, city directories, county records, printed family and county histories, a variety of Texas government records, federal census schedules and more.
- University of North Texas Libraries Portal to Texas History - Gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.
Overdrive - North Texas Libraries on the Go
Titles from OverDrive-powered sites can be enjoyed at your computer plus a wide variety of devices.
Limited assistance is available, but must be balanced with the needs of our other customers.
We charge 10¢ per page for black and white printing and 50¢ per page for color. We also sell CDs for $1.00 each, flash drives for $6.50 and earbuds for $2.00.
Free wireless Internet access is available for mobile computing. Printing is not available for wireless computers, but files may be transferred to printing computers by CD, floppy disk, or flash drive. Copyright, child protection, and other laws must be followed.
The computers shut down 15 minutes before closing.
Wi-Fi hotspots enable the internet to come home with you! Connect up to 10 devices to one hotspot. The Franklin R910 Mobile Hotspot gives you a wireless connection, virtually anywhere. Simply connect wirelessly to your device & you can browse the internet with up to 4G LTE speeds. With the bigger battery, you can stay connected for up to 12 hours.
Available to Haltom City residents. To request a hotspot, place a hold via the Library Catalog or visit the Library Services Desk.
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