The Onalaska Public Library first opened its doors in April, 2002 and is located between the Onalaska City Hall and the Onalaska Police Department. The Library Director is Sherry Brecheen. The library has the same holiday closures as the city. The phone number is 936-646-BOOK (2665) and the fax number is 936-646-2664. Stop by and see the library's display of historic Onalaska photos from 1890 through 1930.
MONDAY - FRIDAY
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Library cards are free for residents of the City of Onalaska and the Onalaska School District. There is a $3 charge for a non-resident library card. Those applying for cards are asked to show proof of local address and a current Texas driver’s license, or other photo ID.
The library maintains a collection of books, DVDs and CDs. The collection is regularly updated with purchases and donations. In addition to adult fiction and nonfiction, the library has large print, young adult, children and easy reader sections.
The library has four computers for patrons to use. All have a searchable catalog of the library's collection. These computers are equipped with free Internet access that has made it possible for many to fill out employment applications, complete their taxes online, and for college students to complete work for their courses. Computer usage ends 15 minutes before closing. The library also has free wireless Internet access for those who want to use their own computers.
The library offers copy and fax services. Staff members will make copies for 20¢ per page and send faxes for $1 for the first page and 25¢ for each additional page. Patrons using the computers may print from them for 20¢ per page. The library also offers inter-library loans for cardholders in good standing for 6 months who are willing to pay postage (standard is $3). The Onalaska offers the TexShare Databases, an extensive set of free online databases for library cardholders. Categories include academic research, books and literature, science and technology, homework help, job search tool, genealogy and history, and health and medicine. The databases are available at the library and can also be accessed on the Internet from home. To obtain the login and password, please call the library at 936-646-2665.
The Friends of the City of Onalaska Public Library meets monthly. An application for membership may be picked up at the library. The Friends are dedicated to the success of the library and hold fundraisers that include an annual book sale.
ONALASKA CITY HALL
372 South FM 356
P.O. Box 880
Onalaska, Texas 77360