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While you can’t come into the library yet, we are now offering curbside pickup during the following hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm. Please wait until you have been notified before coming to pick up. You may drop off returns at the drive up chutes during the open hours or at the lower box when the gates are closed. Wifi is available on the patios.

Our librarians can create a Personalized Reading List for you if you would like, so fill out this Questionnaire to let us know your preferences!

You can reserve in the following ways:

  • Login to your account online using your card number and password (which originally is your last name)
  • Call the library during the hours above at 830.438.4864
  • Text the library at 830.468.6390
  • Email the library at info@mfplibrary.org

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Check out our online resources which can be found on the left hand side of the catalog pagehttps://catalog.mfplibrary.org/catalog/.  If you miss coming in the building, take a virtual tour of the library
 
We apologize for the inconvenience but hope that our measures are helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those who are more susceptible in our community.

 


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Our Location and Map

131 Bulverde Crossing
Bulverde, Texas 78163

EARLY HISTORY

In 1984 a group of citizens began to build support for establishing a library in Bulverde. In a random survey of Bulverde residents, 98% of those surveyed stated that they felt a need for a library in the area.
The citizens group consulted with the Texas State Library District 10 in San Antonio and followed their guidelines for entry into the Texas Library System as they worked to establish and build a new library.
In 1985 the Bulverde Public Library was incorporated with the state as a non-profit organization. The first Board Members were Mildred Watson, Doris Haecker, Willie Tyler, Howard Pettyjohn, Beverly Kirk, Clara Muerer, and Laurie Murphy. From March 1986 to 1988 the library operated in a rented building in downtown Bulverde with 5,300 books on the shelves and an average of 350 books a month circulated. All operating funds for the library in that two-year period came from supporters including: Comal County, GVTC, S.T.A.G.E., Bulverde Optimist Club, Bulverde Lions Club, memorial donations, raffles, and book sales.

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In 1988 the Commissioner’s Court of Comal County provided funding and the portable building was installed on Cougar Bend. This building was renovated with the help of the Bulverde Optimists (new roof, porch), the Bulverde Lions (new carpeting), the 4-H (assisted with the move from the old building), and other community minded businesses and individuals.
In 1989 a second building, also from C.I.S.D., was added to the first and the two buildings were renovated and painted by a small army of volunteers. Requirements for membership in the San Antonio Area Library System were met and the library became part of the Texas State Library Association.
In 1989, due to a donation made by the Express-News from review copies of books sent by publishers, the Bulverde Public Library met its 6,000 volume accreditation requirement.

CHANGES

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In 1996, a campaign began to raise the money necessary to build a permanent library building. The library launched its first building campaign with a raffle. A new era began with an incredible 50 day petition drive for a special election conducted by Gary Tanner, Linda Nielsen, Ann Gaydos and Pat Howard.
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January 2000 a special election established the Bulverde Area Rural Library District funded by a ½ % sales tax. The library’s name was changed to The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library to reflect the larger service area of the Library District. After the creation of the Library District, the Friends of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) organization.
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BARLD Board of Trustees realized that the size and location of the current buildings would not serve the population of the Library District. They began a search for a more centrally located plot of land large enough for a new permanent building.

GROWTH

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The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library opened in its new 6,000 square foot location in the H.E.B. Shopping Center at the crossroads of Texas 46 & Highway 281 North in November 2002. Moving to the new location saw an increase in the number of card holders, visits and circulation that continued through the library’s stay in the H.E.B. Center. The 2001 Board of Trustees, Gary Tanner, Roger Geraghty, Linda Nielson, Molly Martin and Scott Watson undertook a study of the Library District which resulted in a recommendation that the library seek a more central location for the permanent library building. Mayor William Cole led the effort to discover and acquire a location for the permanent library building. After talking with several developers, the library received a donation of land worth $1.6 million from SCC Development Company as part of the agreement for developing the Home Depot site on Warren Hill.
Under the leadership of Don Clark, a committee formed to develop a plan for building a new library. At a ground-breaking ceremony in January 2007 the library was dedicated as the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library at the William J. Cole Library Park. Friends of the Library initiated the “Discover the World from Here” campaign to fully furnish and landscape the new site.
The
new 18,680 square foot Bulverde/Spring Branch Library opened its doors on May 1, 2008.

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Mission

The mission of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library is to provide a welcoming environment that promotes literacy and inspires a life-long love of learning through a variety of formats to meet the needs of individuals and the community.

Services We Offer

 

Free Library Services:

 

  • Materials for adults, children, juvenile, & young adult in both English and Spanish including:

    • Fiction, Non-fiction, & graphic novels

    • Large print materials

    • Big books & board books

    • Audio books on CD

    • DVDs

    • Kits with audio & books

    • Puppets, cakepans, globes, & posters

  •  Online resources including downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines, free language learning, job skills help and career resources, etc.

  • Local, state and national newspapers and magazines

  • Wireless hotspot

  • Computers with high speed internet access

  • Education resources: materials and equipment

  • Community meeting rooms (free for non-profits)

  • Study rooms

  • Exam proctoring

  • Reference services

  • Federal tax forms

  • Interlibrary loan services

  • Family room with children’s computers

Friends of the Library Book Nook:

Used books available for sale during library open hours at extremely reasonable prices!

Free Programming:

  • Huge summer reading program for children, teens and adults

  • Book clubs

  • ESL & GED classes

  • Computer training

  • Rotating art displays

  • Great Decisions programs

  • One Book/One Community programs

  • Book & Author annual event

  • Local author events

  • Craft days

  • Various programs & speakers

  • Concerts

  • Performers

  • Reading therapy dogs and a cat!

  • & much more...

Storytimes:

Monday 10:30am—Toddlers
Wednesday 10:30am—Preschoolers (September-May)
Read to Reading Dogs—Wednesdays & 2nd Saturday 11am

Computer Classes:
Monthly schedule—topics vary

Charges for other services:
Faxing: $2.00 first page, $1.00 each page after that, max $5.00 for up to 20 pages per fax

Copies & printing: Black & White $0.10 per page, Color $1.00 per page

Other services:  (check at desk for fees)
Laminating: $1.00 per foot, 

Die cut machine & dies: free use with your own paper, $.10 per page if we have some to provide

Button making machine: free to use with your own materials, $.50 per button if we have materials available

Test proctoring: $10.00 per test with prior approval from school/testing center

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.