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Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at San Marcos Public Library! All events are free and open to the public.
Download eBooks from Overdrive Media. The library has contracted with OverDrive Media and joined a consortium of Central Texas libraries to offer eBooks to our patrons free of charge. Set up your account and enter your library card number under My Account to sign up. Check out this tutorial for downloading the Libby app and accessing eBooks on your mobile device, and this tutorial for accessing eBooks on your computer. Visit OverDrive Help if you need assistance or bring your device to the library for personalized help from our staff.
Libby Video Tutorial
Library customers can access audiobooks through RBdigital, including exclusive content from Recorded Books and titles from all major publishers. Download audiobooks in digital format to your computer and then transfer to your portable listening devices, including MP3, iPads and iPods. Check out this tutorial for downloading the RBdigital app and accessing audiobooks on your mobile devices.
SMCISD Digital Cards
If your child is a student at SMCISD, they already have access to free eBooks, audiobooks, language instruction, and more! Simply use their student ID number as the library card number when signing up for any of our eResources. If asked for a PIN, use the last four digits of their student ID number. You can also limit the maturity level of books your child sees in the library collection. Directions for limiting maturity levels can be found here.
Tumble Books is an online collection of e-books for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading! There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles!
You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.
Print from your home computer, laptop, or mobile device to the library printers through PrinterOn. Send your documents through the webpage, download the app on your mobile device, or send your black and white document as an attachment to the San Marcos Library. Documents are kept in the printer queue for 12 hours. Please bring coins or small bills to pay for your prints at the library: ¢10 for black and white, ¢40 for color.
New York Times Digital Access
As a member of the San Marcos Public Library you can access the complete New York Times online. The access code for the library's digital subscription provides ongoing access to NYTimes.com from any computer or device, as well as access to apps on portable devices. Email the Library for the free access code.
Looking to learn a new language? Through the San Marcos Public Library, you have free access to Mango Languages. Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. Simply create a profile, and start your language learning journey!
San Marcos-Hays County Digital Local History Collection
This bibliography offers simple digital access to the contents of the San Marcos-Hays County Local History Collection. Indexed materials include news stories, features, and obituaries, as well as birth, wedding, and engagement announcements. The materials themselves are housed at the library. If you find an item you would like, please contact 512-393-8200.
A valuable research tool, the TexShare Databases include access to full-text magazines, newspapers and genealogy materials for customers of all ages. Call the library at 512-393-8200 to get your free login and password.
Learning Express Library
Whatever your goal, Learning Express Library's resources will help you succeed. SAT, ACT, Compass, GED, GRE, THEA and other test preparation materials are provided. Practice for occupational tests such as firefighter, police officer, nursing, CDL, teacher exams and more. Brush up on your computer skills with classes on Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and other Windows-based programs as well as MAC and Adobe applications.
Each of the Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want-at school, at work, or in life. Email the library to get the login information.
In Heritage Quest you'll find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors' paths across history. Email the library to get the login information.
See what's new at the library this month! Just subscribe to as many e-newsletters as you would like and you will receive updates in your email inbox with brief descriptions of each title as well as links to the library's catalog so you can easily reserve titles of interest. You can also subscribe to our calendar of events and our popular newsletter will be delivered once per month to your email account. Not sure if you want to subscribe? Just click on any of the newsletter titles to read them online.
Local History Photographs
Enjoy a peek into the beauty and history of San Marcos with our digital photo collection. Old postcards, family photos and event clippings are still being added to this collection.
The online library catalog provides access to all materials that the library offers including books, DVDs, audio books, local history research, and photographs. With your library card number and personal identification number (PIN), you are able to access your own account, place reserves on popular materials and renew items already checked out.
The children’s online catalog provides access to all materials that the library offers in the children’s collection including books, DVDs, and audio books. With your library card number and PIN, you are able to access your own account, place reserves on popular materials and renew items already checked out.
Access your library account using your library card number and 4-digit PIN.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Watch library staff share children’s songs and puppet shows, as well as other virtual library programs.