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Library Services
  • Book Deliveries - The library deliveries a variety of materials to the Carriage Inn, Portland Senior Center, San Patricio Juvenile Detention Center and the San Patricio County Jail. If you have special needs, the library will be happy to work with you to provide materials. Please contact us about any special needs you have.
  • Interlibrary Loan - If you don’t find the book you are looking for on the shelf, please let us know and we will be more than happy to order the book for you from another library at no additional charge. Generally interlibrary loans arrive within 2-3 weeks.
  • LearningExpress - This service is available for free to our patrons. The LearningExpress Library website offers a variety of test preparation materials and practice tests. Please call the library at (361) 777-0921(361) 777-0921 to get instructions for logging in to the website.
  • Library of Texas - The Texas State Library and Archives provides an extensive collection of magazine and newspaper databases available online at the Library of Texas website. Patrons may access these databases from home. Staff will be glad to provide you with a password to access these databases or assist you in using these databases. The library also has subscriptions to over 90 periodicals. Back issues of the magazines are available for circulation. Library staff is happy to assist you in using the TexShare databases. This database consists of popular and scholarly publications. You can also access many Texas and genealogical resources through TexShare.
  • Chilton's Complete Automotive Manuals and Gale Legal Documents are available for use in the library or at home.  Password: texas
  • Reference - The library provides a number of ways to assist you with your reference needs. We are happy to answer quick questions over the phone, so please do not hesitate to call the library at (361) 777-0921(361) 777-0921 if you have a question.  You will also find a chat box on the home page of the library where you can ask a question to a live librarian on-line.   We are also happy to provide reference assistance by email. All library staff are trained and able to assist you in person. If in-depth research is needed, please contact the library director.
  • ResumeMaker - ResumeMaker is available to all our patrons, free of charge. This program will assist you in preparing a professional, polished resume.
  • E-Reader University.  One-on-one assistance is offered every Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with you e-reader or other portable device.  Also assistance with set and configuring OverDrive to download free e-books and audios.