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Library FAQs

Questions on library cards & general library use:

  • There is no charge to get a Sanger Public Library card and we have no residency restrictions, however we do have certain requirements which are listen below:

     

    Adult applicants:

    • Must show a valid photo ID with a current address, such as a driver's license (a valid temporary driver's license is acceptable).
    • If your ID doesn't have your current address, a recent/valid proof of address is required in addition to the photo ID. Accepted documents include: lease agreement, utility bill, car insurance, property tax statement, bank statement, etc (any type of official document or mail will work).
    • While we have no restrictions regarding place of residence, visitors and those in the area for a limited time may be issued a card with an expiration date of less than a year. A permanent mailing address and temporary physical address should be provided, in addition to a phone number and preferably an email address.

     

    Under-18 applicants:

    • There is no minimum age to get a library card, but a child must be able to sign his/her full name on our family card form in print or in cursive.
    • At least one parent/guardian of minor should have a Sanger Library card in good standing. If a parent does not have a Sanger card, we will first issue a card to the parent (see above for information on getting an adult card) and then issue cards to their child(ren).  
    • A parent/guardian of those under 14 must fill out and sign our family form for their child to receive a card.  
    • Cards may be issued directly to minors ages 14-18 (without parent signature), but video checkout and ability to use our computers will still require a parent or guardian with a Sanger card to give written permission.
    • Written parental permission is required for ALL minors to check out DVDs and use library computers.
  • Lost cards may be replaced for a $1.00 charge.  

     

    Even if your card is lost, you remain responsible for all materials borrowed on your account.  If your card is lost and you are concerned about unauthorized use, please let us know as soon as possible; you may request that your account be temporarily blocked until a new card can be issued to you.

  • 2 Week Checkout:

    Books, Audiobooks, CDs, and Non-Fiction DVDs

     

    1 Week Checkout:

    DVDs, Launchpads

     
  • Fines on overdue items are:

    Books, Audiobooks, & Non-Fiction DVDs $0.10 per day
    Paper Back Fiction No Fine
    DVDs $0.25 per day                                             
    Launchpads $1.00 per day 

     

    Any fine balance greater that $5.00 will block your card from being used to checkout books or use our computers. Fines are not added indefinitely... the maximum fine charged for any item is half the cost of replacing it.

     

    Items that are overdue for more than 90 days are considered lost and may be scheduled for replacement.  If an item is not returned by the time it is replaced, you may be charged the replacement cost of the item.  If you have a long overdue item, please contact us for more information and assistance.  

  • Adult cardholders may have up to 15 books and 4 DVDs checked out on their card. Television series on DVD are limited to one season (or set) at a time.

     

    Juvenile cardholders may have up to 10 books and 2 DVDs checked out on their card at a time.

     
    Helpful Hint: Audiobooks, CDs, and Non-Fiction DVDs count as books against your checkout total.
  • Yes!  You can call or email the library with a hold request, or place a hold yourself by logging into the catalog using your library card number and pin number.
  • If we do not have an item you're looking for, there are several ways we may be able to find it for you:

     

    NTLC Libraries

    It is possible that one of our partner libraries in the North Texas Library Consortium (NTLC) will have what you are looking for.  You can contact us to request an item, but you can also search the NTLC libraries yourself from our catalog.  When searching, simply click on the box that reads "Sanger Public Library" and select "North Texas Library Consortium" instead.  If you are a Sanger cardholder and you place an item from another library on hold, that library will send us that item for you.  Getting an item from another NTLC library is free for Sanger Public Library cardholders, and most items arrive about a week after they are requested.

     

    Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

    Please contact us in person, by phone, or by email to start the ILL process.  We can search libraries across Texas and the rest of the country to see if the item you are looking for is available.  There is a charge for the cost of postage of the item (generally between $1 and $4).  Please note: an ILL loan can take some time to complete... if your needs are time sensitive (such as for research or a school project), please contact us with your ILL request as soon as possible.

     

    TexShare

    TexShare is a service of the Texas Library Association which allows a cardholder to directly checkout material from libraries in Texas that are not in their local branch system or consortium (there are more than 1,000 TexShare libraries!).  To get a TexShare card, you will need to have a Sanger Library card in good standing and come into the library to apply for one.  (FYI - each participating library has its own rules on TexShare checkouts, so be sure to consult each library on how to checkout materials with your Texshare card).

  • Items can be renewed by logging in to your account through the catalog, or by calling or emailing us.  Most items can be renewed up to two times (Launchpads can only be renewed once).  An item may not be renewed if it has reached the maximum number of renewals or if someone has placed a hold on it (this happens especially with new books).

  • Lost or damaged items must be paid for.  In many cases, it may be possible for you to provide us a replacement copy in lieu of payment (please ask the library for more information on replacement copies).

     

    Cardholder privileges are suspended until the balance of a lost or damaged item is cleared.  

     

    If you have items that are long overdue but not damaged, please contact us for more information and assistance.

  • Online Catalog

    Our online catalog lets you browse and search our collection (as well as the collections of all the other NTLC libraries) and manage your account.  Important features include placing holds on items, checking due dates, and renewing your checkouts.

     

    Freading and Overdrive

    Both of these are excellent eBook services that operate on a wide variety of e-Reader and tablet platforms.  These services are free for Sanger Public Library cardholders.

     

    Freagal

    Streaming and Downloadable music and music videos, free for Sanger Public Library cardholders.

Questions on in-library services:
  • Yes!  

    • Copying/printing on 8.5x11 paper is $0.15 per page for Black & White and $0.50 per page for color. 
    • Faxing is $1 for the first page, and $.50 for each additional page.  Ask at the desk for assistance with our fax machine.
    • We have a scanner that can scan and save to a portable USB flashdrive/thumbdrive.  If you do not have a flash drive, ask at the desk - we keep a few spares on hand for patron use.  There is no charge for scanning.
  • We have 6 computers available for public use as well as 2 laptops (for in library use only).  The library provides free WiFi during the hours that the library is open.
  • The library does not proctor exams.
  • The Friends of the Library has on ongoing book sale in the library foyer.  Hardbacks have a suggested donation of $1 and paperbacks have a suggested donation of $0.50.

     

    The Friends of the Library also host an annual book sale which occurs during Sanger Sellabration (2nd Saturday of September).

  • Unfortunately, we do not have a notary public. Most banks and realtor offices have a notary on staff. 
  • Yes!

    Our meeting room is available during normal library hours to nonprofit organizations, educators, or other groups of 2 or more who are engaging in not-for-profit activity that fits within the library's policies.  Library and City of Sanger events take priority scheduling, and other groups are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    For more information on our meeting room facility and how to reserve it, please read our full meeting room policy here.

Questions on community service, volunteering, & donations:
  • Yes.  We welcome donations not exceeding four medium size boxes at a time and reserve the right to refuse certain materials, such as large multi-volume encyclopedias or large magazine collections.  For more information, please read our full donation policy.
  • Yes!  Volunteers are welcome support for the library and can help with promoting the library within the community, fund raising, assisting with special events, and providing service in the library.  Please visit our Volunteer page for more information.

  • Yes.  


    We ask that you come during our normal business hours (M-Thu: 10am -6pm, Fri: 10am-5pm & Sat: 10am-2pm) and fill out a Community Service application. We will review it to confirm you are a good candidate (theft or assault charges are not accepted). We cannot guarantee a certain amount of hours. Work is dependent on how busy the library is and how many people are currently on the schedule. Also, we will typically schedule individuals for Saturdays only after they have been scheduled and trained during the week.

  • Volunteering

    Volunteers continue to support the library through promoting the library within the community, fund raising, assisting with special events, financial contributions, and providing service in the library.  Please visit our Volunteer page for more information.

     

    Friends of the Library

    The Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers that help support Sanger Public Library in many ways.  The Board of the Friends of the Library meets quarterly, and all meetings are open to the public. The Friends of the Library is also who hosts our annual Book Sale in September at the Sanger Sellabration.  Membership dues are $5 per year for one person and $10 per year for a family. Lifetime individual membership is $50.  For more information, please visit our Friends of the Library page.

     

    Donate historical items

    The library tries to preserve all written materials about Sanger.  If you have photographs, copies of the Sanger Courier prior to 1970, letters, diaries, Church Bulletins or anything else that you’d like to share that has to do with the City of Sanger, we welcome your contribution.  If you are not willing to part with an original, we would be appreciate if you would allow the library to make a copy.

Sanger, Texas City Hall
502 Elm St, Sanger, TX 76266
Phone: 940-458-7930

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