About the Hutto Public Library
The mission of the Hutto Public Library is to fulfill the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of all its patrons through the services offered in a modern public library. The Library values the citizens of Hutto and responds to their needs, wants, and demands by providing a clean and inviting building, well-organized and up-to-date collections, friendly professional service and well-trained staff who are committed to the Library vision.
The Hutto Public Library aims to eradicate illiteracy, to develop a life-long love for reading and a quest for knowledge.
We welcome everyone in and around the community to visit and are always open to suggestions and comments!
Policies & Procedures
Library Card Application
The following form is an application for a library card. Please print the form and fill it out. You may then bring it to the Hutto Public Library for approval.
Library Card Application Solicitud de Tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pública
Circulation of Material
People living or owning property within the City of Hutto limits and Hutto ISD boundaries may obtain a library card for free.
Proof of residency is required. Post office boxes cannot be used as proof of residence. At least one of the following photo IDs and proof of residency is required:
- Valid driver’s license
- Water or Utility Bill with picture ID
- Personal Check with picture ID
- Lease agreement with picture ID
- Military ID
- Other proof of residence as determined by the library supervisor.
- Completed application.
- Parent or legal guardian must be present with minor to co-sign for a card and present his/her current TDL, Texas ID, MID and proof of current residence.
- Minor must be present to sign the application and accept card.
City of Hutto Employees
Current employees of the City of Hutto may receive a Hutto Public Library card without fee regardless of residency.
Library cards are issued for a one-year period.
- To renew a card, all fines and all other debts must be paid in full.
- Children’s cards will be renewed without having a parent or guardian sign again.
- Adults must verify registration information – in person. Changes in residency require new proof of residency.
Library cardholders are encouraged to keep their Library card secure. Should a Library card become lost or stolen, it is the responsibility of the cardholder to notify the Library immediately. There is a $1 charge for replacement cards.
People not living or owning property within the City of Hutto limits and Hutto ISD boundaries may obtain a library card for a $10 annual fee. This fee will be charged yearly at the time of renewal.
All Hutto Public Library cardholders agree to comply with library rules and regulations, to pay all fines, to make good any loss or damage to books incurred by the cardholder, and to give immediate notice of any change of residence. Guardians of juveniles who signed for a child’s card assume responsibility for the child’s card. Cardholders may not avoid responsibility for overdue fines and other incurred fees or costs by using another family members’ card. Habitual or severe abuse of library policies, non-payment of fines, fees and other abuses may result in denial of library services, as determined by the library manager.
1. Card Use:
a. Library materials may not be checked out until a library card is issued.
b. Library cards –or a form of ID must be presented to check out materials.
2. Loan Periods:
a. Library materials are checked out for a 2-week period.
b. Materials may be renewed twice, providing there is not a waiting list. Videos will be checked out for only two weeks and must
be returned after that time period. No renewal on videos.
c. Inter-library loan materials are due by the date indicated on check out slip
d. The Library Supervisor determines all other or special loan periods.
3. Circulation Limits:
a. Non-Circulating Materials. Reference materials, archived materials, and other materials as determined by the Library
Supervisor are not available for check out.
b. Items per Library Card. An individual may have 10 items at a time checked out on their library card.
c. New Library Card. On a new library card, a patron may check out only two items the first time. New patrons may not check
out GED or High School Equivalency. Test study books until they have had their library card for at least 1 month and checked
out and returned at least 2 items.
d. Video. An individual may have 3 videos checked out on his/her card at a time. One family cannot check out more than 6 videos
at one time.
e. Series. Only 3 titles out of a series may be checked out per household.
f. Other Limits. When determined by the Library staff, specific titles, authors, subjects or special collections may be limited due
to high demand or other reasons.
Library materials may be renewed in person, phone, email and online. Presentation of a Library card is not required for renewal
of materials. Materials may be renewed up to 2 times. Items that are on reserve for other patrons may not be renewed. Videos
will not be renewed and must be returned after 2 weeks.
Materials may be reserved in person, phone, e-mail, and online. Persons will be notified when the item becomes available.
Reserves have the same restrictions as limits on circulation (see #3 above). Reserves will be held for a period of three days only.
If the item is not picked up within three working days, it will be checked out to the next patron on the reserve list or returned to
the shelf. Limit of 3 items may be reserved at one time per cardholder.
6. Fines and Fees:
1. Overdue Fines:
25¢ per day, per item, with a maximum fine of $10.00 per overdue item. A notice will be sent 1 week after the material is due. If
the material is not returned within one month, a bill will be sent for the cost of the item.
2. Damaged Materials:
Library patrons are liable for any damage to library materials while checked out to them. The Library will not charge for normal
wear of library materials. a. If materials are damaged so as to be judged by the Library as being unsuitable for the collection, the
patron must pay the cost of the item and a $5 processing fee and the fines accrued. The item may then become the property of
the individual. b. If the item can be repaired or is still usable, a reduced fee may be charged at the Library Supervisor’s discretion.
3. Loss of Borrowing Privileges
Patrons with lost or damaged materials or with fines that exceed $5.00 may not check out materials until records are cleared by
having items paid or replaced. Replaced item must be the equivalent to what was checked out. The acceptance of the material is
at the discretion of the Library Supervisor or staff.
Hutto Public Library is located at the previous Hutto Fire Station location built in 1981 on West and Pecan Streets. Opening in the 2008, the library began its journey in 2002, with the Hutto City Council voting to establish a Library Advisory Board begin the process of opening a library. In 2004, the City Council approved the sale of the old city hall, previously approved for the library, with proceeds going towards the library and the decision was made to purchase the Hutto Fire Station. In 2006, the renovations began at the new location with the board and city agreeing the library would become part of the Parks and Recreation Department. During the planning years the library board members continued to obtain donations of books and funds, meeting with city staff, library consultants, and architects to plan the future of the library. Board members spent countless hours sorting over a thousand books. With assistants of dedicated volunteers during the renovations Hutto Librarian, Yasmeen Jehangir, processed and covered books. The Liberty Hill Library donated shelving for library use. Policies were written and approved, furniture and five computers were bought and set for public use. The library was fully automated with free wireless connection and printing abilities within nine months.
On March 24, 2008, the 1,200 square foot library officially opened. Within six month the library received accreditation through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and became a member of the Central Texas Library Systems, Inc. The library collection contain best sellers in fiction and non-fiction for adults, books for children, junior fiction and non-fiction and young adult fiction and non-fiction. The library also supports the Hutto ISD School’s reading requirements. The library has bilingual and Spanish books, VHS, DVD formats and audiobooks on CD and cassette along with subscribing to 30 popular journals. Patrons had access to numerous educational, business and health databases free of charge through library membership with the Central Library System. A preschool story time program was added to meet the needs for parents with young children. The library offered it's first Summer Reading Program with music and magic shows being held in the bay area of the building and were later moved to the Hutto Bible Church.
In the fall of 2013, with the approval of the City Council, the funds remaining from the purchase of the Fire Station were used to renovate and expand the existing library. In February of 2014, the library began its renovation and expansion into the bay area of the building allowing the library to grow to 4,d000 square feet. The reopening of the library was held on May 10, 2014, showcasing the additional square footage with previous library supporters and former Mayor Ken Love in attendance. Friends of the Hutto Public Library became active, after a two year disbanding, providing assists with fundraising and volunteering for the library activities. The 2014 summer reading performance were held in the library for the first time and with additional space increased children and adult programming. E-books and e-audiobooks were introduced to patrons through a membership to OverDrive's Central Texas Consortium.
Since then, the library has continued to grow adding additional adult education opportunities, such as English as a Second Language, basic and intermediate Spanish for adults as well as adding an adult art program, book club, and moving adult game day to the library from the parks and recreation building. Children's programming has continued to grow with activities in both winter and spring breaks, and the summer reading program has added robotics, art, Kids Club, and Book Buddies programs. In 2015 a Winter Reading Program was introduced to assist with developing life long readers and a love of reading. The library continues to serve the growing community through its many programs from all ages.