Getting to Know the Plano Libraries

Get to know the Plano Libraries

Get to know the Plano Public Library and things you might not know about it.

We are so lucky to have an amazing library system here in Plano. Did you know some local suburbs around us only have 1 library??

I bet there are some other fun facts about the Plano libraries you might not know as well. Come learn more and get to know the Plano Libraries.

Locations

The Plano Public library system has 5 great locations:

  • Davis: 7501-B Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX
  • Haggard: 2501 Coit Rd, Plano, TX
  • Harrington: 1501 18th Street, Plano, TX
  • Parr: 6200 Windhaven Pkwy, Plano, TX
  • Schimelpfenig: 5024 Custer Rd, Plano, TX

There are SO MANY amazing materials, services, and features here that the casual library patron who just pops in for a book or storytime now and then might not be aware of. 

Plano Public Library has lots to offer to Moms and Parents of young children both in the buildings and on the go.

Service Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday  10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday  1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Get a Library Card

You’ll need a Card for each family member to Reserve, Pick up Books and materials and use Online Services. Cards are free for Plano residents and residents of the following reciprocal cities: Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Richardson, The Colony, Wylie.

You can Register Online (allow 2-3 days for processing)


Fun Facts – you need to Know

  • They have adult tablets you can check out preloaded with games
  • You can log-in to the library website and request (put on hold) books/movies and they will email you when they become available!
  • STEM/STEM activities are available for check out
  • Books are usually on sale in the lobby sometimes for 10-25 cents.
  • Tons of auto-books, movies, and more can be checked out for kids
  • They have summer reading programs!
Plano Library Outreach vehicle

How to Reserve for Pick Up and Holds

You can borrow Books for up to 3 weeks, a maximum of 50 items per cardholder. These items are only available for 1 (one) week:

  • Bluebonnet books (current)
  • DVDs (excluding those with a playing time longer than seven hours)
  • Holiday books (children’s easy)
  • Holiday music (adult CDs)
  • Launchpads
  • Magazines (print copies)
  • Science experiment books
  • STEAM Kits
  • Tax books (current)
  • “Too Hot to Hold” books

How to Place Items on Hold

Sometimes items are available immediately for curbside pickup within a day, others may take 2-4 days longer if they are at a different library location from the one you have designated for pick-up.

You can search the database and place a hold online or using the Plano Library App which you can download to your Phone from the Google Play or Apple ITunes store. (search for Plano Public Library System)

Porch-side pickup is available

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

The Process for Curbside Pickup

  • Wait for notification that holds are ready for pickup (normal email or phone notification)
  • Please consider bringing a bag or other means to carry items to your car if you have multiple holds
  • Drive to the library you designated for pickup
  • Call the library’s main number and notify staff you are outside – only call when you have arrived.
    *If you do not have a cell phone, please call from home and give us your estimated time of arrival
  • Provide your library card number or driver’s license number
  • Up to 20 items will be retrieved from the hold shelf for you
  • Staff will check out items currently on hold and place in the designated area just outside the library entrance,
    marked with your name
  • Please wait until items have been placed in the designated area to approach for pickup and assist in maintaining social distancing protocol

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Online Services

Let’s check out some of these amazing programs and classes offered and find one that works for you and your schedule!

Borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks for Adults (use Overdrive and Libby) and for Kids & Teens (Overdrive)

Read eNewspapers and eMagazines (RBdigital, Flipster, PressReader and Kanopy) for Adults and stream Kids Movies, TV, Animated Storybooks and Educational content on Kanopy for Kids.

Learning Online

You can access Learning Express Library and Lynda.com

Foreign Language Resources

Use Libby.com for Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese and Swedish content

Reserve a Book Bundle in Spanish and Chinese for pick up!

Plano Libraries
photo credit: Plano Public Library Facebook page

Did you know about these programs the Plano Public Library System has to offer?

Plano Library Fun for Young Kids:

Be sure to check those out. Here are some other classes/programs offered for the younger aged kids. During times of Social Distance these are online on Zoom or on Facebook

Plano Library Storytime
Photo Credit: Facebook Plano Library
  • Storytime: Sessions for 0-2, 18-26 months and 3-5 years (Preschool)
  • Early Learning: Toddlers explore with STEM themes. Parent/Caregiver participation is required. For ages 3-5
Plano Libraries
photo credit: Plano Public Library Facebook page

Don’t forget to check out Plano Libraries Monthly Events


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