Services

Connect to an Exciting World of Information and Entertainment

There’s no place like the library to create your own experience of learning, excitement, entertainment. We have created portals for you to practically access the entire library from wherever you are. We are Your Connection Point!

Circulation

We have books, audiobooks, CDs, Blu-ray, DVDs, software, video games and fishing poles. Information on checkout periods, limits and renewals can be found on our Circulation page.

Computers and Tech

Internet and Wi-Fi

Desktop computers are available for hour-long sessions (maximum of two sessions per day) and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Quick Internet stations offer 15 minutes of access.

The Children’s Library offers Internet computers for children.

Wi-Fi is available and laptops may be checked out for two-hour sessions in-house to qualified patrons. For those who do not have a Garland County Library account, a valid, state-issued ID must be presented in order to be issued a guest pass.

Arkansas law requires that each Internet user read and sign the Internet Use Agreement.

Please also read our Internet Policy and our Wireless Internet Policy.

Kindle Checkout

We have six Kindle Paperwhites available for checkout to patrons with accounts in good standing.

Four Kindles are available at the circulation desk and they're already loaded with popular mysteries, thrillers, biographies, and more. Two Kindles are available in the Children's Department and are loaded with great books for kids!

All of the Kindles are regularly updated with some of the newest, most popular books.

Delivery Services

Books by Mail

Have items mailed to you in returnable, postage-free bags!

Books by Mail is designed to meet the needs of the homebound and Garland County residents who are unable to use traditional library facilities.

Books and other formats are selected individually for each patron according to interests or specific requests. Materials will be sent on a regular schedule.

Library materials are delivered by mail in zippered pouches with reversible address labels for easy return.

If you are interested in this service, please complete an application and return it to the library. Once we receive the application we will call you to answer any questions you may have before the service begins.

If you do not have a library card and are unable to visit the library to apply for one, we will need a statement from your doctor so that we may issue you a card through the mail.

If you have any questions or would like an application mailed to you, please call us at (501) 623-4161 or (501) 922-4483.

Courier Service

The courier service delivers requested items from the collections and delivers returns to the library. Our courier vehicle makes the following stops:

Tuesday
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: McAuley Center, on Highway 7 past the west gate of Hot Springs Village
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Piney Grove Methodist, 2963 Airport Rd.

Saturday
11 a.m. - Noon: Harps, 5536 Central Ave.

The vehicle will only deliver requested materials. There is no browsing collection.

You can request up to 15 items to be placed on hold. Your holds are processed at the library. Holds remain on a patron's account for seven days. If a hold is not picked up during a courier visit, it will remain on the hold shelf at the library until the expiration date.

Items may be returned to the courier vehicle or the Library

You can sign up for a library card at the courier stops, too! Fines may be paid as well.

Photo of patrons using Garland County Library's services

Fishing Poles

Ready to go fishing but don't have a pole? We can help! We have fishing poles available in the Children's Library for checkout for up to three weeks.

Garland County Grows

The Garland County Library welcomes donations of open-pollinated or heirloom variety vegetable, herb, or flower seeds to stock our new seed library.

Seeds will be accepted if they are properly dried and identified. A seed donation form is available online or at the library.

Interlibrary Loans

If you'd like a book or other item not found in our collection, we can try to borrow it from another library. A $3.00 non-refundable fee must be paid before we search.

We will post your request to a minimum of 15 libraries, if that many offer the item. But, we cannot guarantee that the item will be available or supplied within any particular time frame.

Due dates for returning interlibrary loans are determined by the lending library. This service is available to resident cardholders from Garland County who have full borrowing privileges.

Meeting Rooms

Photo of a library patron crocheting.We have several options available for meetings, for groups of up to 14 to 115. Our Gordonelle Williams Hall (115 maximum) is great for larger meetings, lectures and music performances. Our three smaller rooms have capacities of 14 to 20, perfect for a smaller group or educational presentation.

Printing and Fax Services

Fax

Outgoing faxes can be sent at a rate of $1.75 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Credit/debit cards may be used or fax cards may be purchased from the library. The library cannot receive faxes for patrons.

Printing

Printing is available from all Internet computers. Black-and-white printing is 5 cents per page and color is 25 cents per page. Self-service photocopiers are available as well.

To print from your laptop, download and install the Print Client.

eCards

Garland and Saline County residents can register online for a free eCard. Gain access our online databases and resources without leaving home. This card does not extend privileges to physical materials.

Register here.

Value Calculator

Have you ever wondered how much your library services would cost you out-of-pocket? With this handy calculator, you can estimate the value of the services you enjoy. Just enter the number of items (or times) you use a service in the left hand column and hit the "calculate" button on the bottom. How much money do you save?

Check out the calculator here.