Balch Springs Library-Learning Center

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Library Services

Everything we do for you, inside the library or out

Circulation Services

Patrons may apply for a card at the library with a valid Texas Drivers license or valid Texas ID, plus a piece of mail with your current mailing address.

Due dates for borrowed items from the library depends on the item type. 

  • Books - 2 weeks
  • Audio books - 2 weeks
  • DVD's and VHS's - 1 week
  • Music - 1 week

Patrons may check out 3  DVD's, 4 VHS's, 2 music CD's with no more than 10 items at any time. If items are late, a fine will be charged for each late item borrowed.  The fine for books and audiobooks is $.15 per day per item, DVD's and VHS's are $1.00 per day per item.

Items that are not over due may be renewed over the phone. Items may be renewed 1 time with the exception of DVD's, VHS's and Music CD's.

Interlibrary loans requests are accepted when a book is unavailable in the library and the patron has been had a library card for 6 months with items being returned on time consistantly.

Youth and Teen Services

The library provides preschool story time each Wednesday at 10:00am. All preschool children are welcome.

Starting June 1, 2009, the library will begin its annual Summer Reading Program involving children and teens in a fun filled summer with games, activities, entertainment, reading and more.  Check the calendar of events to see the time and date for events.

Reference Assistance

Librarians will be available to help you search for library material or help with using computers. Just ask a librarian when in doubt.

Outreach Activities

The library participates in story time activities at the local schools. We also provide assistance to those who are homebound upon request.

The Library's Collection

The library has over 26,000 items available for check out to the public. We offer books, audio books, children's read-a-longs, music, and movies that may be borrowed for 1-2 weeks at a time.

Community Spaces in the Library

The library has three meeting spaces available. The classroom seats up to 30 people, the conference room seats 13-15 people and are free for public use following guidelines. The auditorium seats 80 people and may be rented by the hour.