The Grand Saline Public Library was founded in 1966. The Library was originally housed in the building next City Hall. In 1980 the Library moved to its current location. The Library is now housed in a historic train depot that was built in 1923. The depot originally sat along the Texas and Pacific Railroad line. With the salt industry in town the railroad depot was vital for shipping and receiving to and from the different salt mines in town during the early 1900's. The building had been sitting empty for many years when the library moved into the building in 1980. During the summer of 2011 the library was closed for two months to undergo a renovation that was funded in part by a donation by long-time library patron and supporter Ethel Cumbie.
Mission and Goals
The overall purpose of the Grand Saline Public Library is to serve all the citizens of Grand Saline and the surrounding area by offering the services, resources and facilities to fulfill their informational, educational and recreational needs and interests. The term “citizens” encompasses individuals and groups of every age, education, philosophy, occupation, economic level, ethnic origin, and human condition.
The Grand Saline Public Library, a free public library for all citizens, shall strive toward the following goals.
· To serve, preserve, and administer books and related educational, informative and recreational materials, within the framework of its budget, in order to promote an enlightened citizenship and enrich personal lives.
· To accumulate the best in literature, fiction, thought, children’s books, for the use and benefit of the public.
· To initiate activities which will encourage the most effective use of these selected materials.
· To cooperate with educational, civic, and cultural groups and organizations whose aims are compatible with those of the Library.
· To provide opportunity and encouragement for children, young people, men, and women to educate themselves continuously.
· To facilitate universal, life-long education for the general reader.
Getting a library card is easy and takes only a few minutes. You can start borrowing books and movies right away! You need to be able to show that you are a resident of Van Zandt County. A driver’s license or another form of documentation is needed.
For children seven years or older, a parent or guardian must sign permission and accept responsibility for all materials checked out on a minor’s card. The parent or guardian must present identification to verify address.
Out-of-county residents who are employed in Van Zandt County are eligible for a courtesy card.
The library offers books, movies, audio books, DVDs, eBooks, downloadable audio books, and streaming video that are available for borrowing.
Borrowers must present a library card that is valid for use at this library. A card may be used only by the person whose name appears on the card and in the computer record.
Loan Periods and Fees
MaterialLoan PeriodNumber of Items Allowed Books & eBook 14 days 10 Audio Books & downloadable audiobooks 14 days 5 Movies 7 days 4 Newspapers & Magazines Do not circulate Not applicable Reference Materials Do not circulate Not applicable
Children under the age of 18 who have cards may check out a total of four items at one time.
Fines are not assessed for days the library is closed.
If you lose or damage a book, we must charge the price indicated in the system to replace the item. An item is considered lost when it is overdue for 60 days.
A patron’s borrowing privileges will be blocked when outstanding fines reach $10.00
The library does not charge fines for overdue materials. If an item becomes 45 days overdue, it will be considered lost, and the patron will be charged a $3 processing fee for the overdue items.
Online Services Available with Your Card Your library card bar code number gives you access to online services 24/7
Request titles through the MAIN Web Catalog
Search subscription reference databases from home
Libraries throughout Texas, the country, and even around the world participate in lending materials to patrons in other libraries. This means that if we don’t have what you want, we will look for it in the Inter-Library Loan catalog and can request if for you. If you choose to borrow from Inter-Library Loan you will have to pay to postage fee for shipping/receiving the item. For more information about the program please speak to the librarian.
Home Bound Service
If you are a Grand Saline area resident unable to travel to the Library, you are eligible for our Home bound Service. With our Home bound Service, a volunteer will deliver books, audio books, and movies right to your door! Give us a call and a librarian will help you select books or other items that match your interests. Deliveries and pick-ups are available once a week. All normal borrowing policies apply, though we will adjust our borrowing periods to adapt to your delivery schedule. Items delivered by Home bound Service are exempt from overdue fines. How Does It Work? Volunteers from the Friends of the Library will personally deliver books to your door if you are not able to travel to the library because of either a permanent or temporary disability. All drop-offs and pickups will be arranged with you ahead of time by phone. Who Is Eligible? Anyone who has a valid library card from the Grand Saline Public Library and is in good standing (If you don’t already have one, we can arrange for a library card by mail). If you would like to participate in the Home bound Service program please contact the library.
The Grand Saline Public Library is pleased to offer access to the wealth of resources on the Internet. We would like to remind the users of this service that:
Some or all of the resources may be unavailable at any time for technical reasons over which the Grand Saline Public Library has no control.
Patrons’ use of the facility and the equipment for access to the Internet will be managed to allow the greatest use by the greatest number of people. For this reason, use of computers is first-come first-serve basis for a 45 minute time limit. If no one is waiting, time may be extended.
Library personnel have no control over the quality of information on the Internet. Each user must evaluate the validity and reliability of the information found.
Parents or guardians, NOT the library or its staff, are responsible for Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult in order to use the computers.
Some materials may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. Library personnel do not monitor or supervise Internet access, except for length of time of use.
Use of the Internet should be consistent with the library’s mission to provide educational, informational, and cultural material and services to residents of the community.
The library reserves the right to end an Internet session.
Printers are available for patron use at the posted charge.
To protect publicly-owned equipment, no personal software may be used. Downloading of programs/software/items is not permitted.
Patrons will be asked to leave the library if they use the internet to view pornography. In addition, please be aware of the following: Viewing child pornography is against the law NJSA 2C: 24-4 (4) (b)
The library offers wireless access to patrons with laptop computers and other devices that can access the service. If a device is discovered that is using more bandwidth than the network can support that device's usage can be shut down or limited.
A WiFi network is less secure than a wired network. Patrons are responsible for protecting their personal information.
Signal strength varies within the library and the area surround the library.
The library staff cannot assist you with your laptop, card, or configuration.
Grand Saline Public Library 201 E. Pacific Grand Saline, TX 75140 (903) 962-5516 f (903) 962-6866