What are the library’s hours of operation?
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. We are closed on Sundays, Mondays, and all Library Board approved holidays.
Where is the library located?
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is located at the corner of 4th and Henrietta. Our physical address is 220 North 4th Street, Kingsville, Texas 78363. We are located approximately three minutes away from Historical Downtown Kingsville.
Does the library have free and open Wi-Fi access?
Yes – The library provides a free and open Wi-Fi Zone that users can access for wireless services. Patrons do not need a library card to utilize this service. The library offers two wireless networks. The open access Wi-Fi network does not require a registration. The secure Wi-Fi network, however, does require a password, which users can obtain from any library staff member. The password is subject to change. The secure Wi-Fi network is beneficial when Wi-Fi users transmit sensitive information. The library also provides Wi-Fi printing for a nominal fee.
Does the library offer eBooks to download for my eReader?
Yes – The library offers not only eBooks, but also audio books, music, and streaming videos. Overdrive® manages the library’s digital content. Several devices are compatible with Overdrive®, including Android-powered smartphones and tablets, iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, and Kindle®. Patrons with a valid library card can check out up to six (6) titles. Patrons will not incur any late fees because the items will automatically delete from the patron’s account after the borrowing period has expired.
Does the library participate in the TexShare® Card Program?
The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is an active member of the TexShare libraries, but does not participate in the TexShare® Card Program. For patrons who wish to utilize their TexShare® Card or for those who wish to obtain a new card, they will have to visit the [ Jernigan Library ] located on the campus of Texas A&M University – Kingsville, 1050 University Boulevard, Kingsville, Texas 78363. You may contact them at (361) 593-3416 for more information.
Does the library participate in the TexShare® Database Program?
Yes – Registered patrons with a current Robert J. Kleberg Public Library account can access TexShare® Databases from the library’s website at www.kleberglibrary.com. Click on the “eLearning Resources” tab and then select “TexShare®: Discovery Texas.” Patrons can contact the Reference Librarian for the TexShare® ID and password.
Does your library offer any special year-round activities for children or adults?
Yes - Our Children’s Services Department hosts a number of special and annual events and a weekly story time for toddlers every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Our popular summer programs held every June and July consists of children and teen Reading Programs and group activities. The summer programs bring in an average of 500 participants each year. Throughout the year, the library hosts occasional events for adults, including author book readings and signings, and ensemble concerts. For a schedule of upcoming events, contact the library at (361)592-6381 or visit the library’s website at www.kleberglibrary.com and click on the “Library Happenings” tab.
Does your library offer any computer training classes?
Free computer training is available from the library’s website. Once patrons choose the “Public Internet Access” tab, then they will select “Computer Training Tutorials” for online services. Patrons can access the tutorials from the library’s website by clicking on the “Public Internet Access” tab, and then selecting “Computer Training Tutorials.” The library occasionally offers computer classes, but they are scheduled based on public demand and funding.
Does your library have a bookstore?
Yes – The Friends of the Kleberg Public Library Bookstore is located inside the library. The bookstore is open only during the library’s business hours. Patrons will find a wide selection of new or gently used items that include books, paperbacks, magazines, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, and cassette tapes. Most items in the bookstore are only 50₵, and all sales help fund library events and programming. Many rare and unique books are sold during the Friends’ “Silent Auction” event, which takes place every other summer if enough items are collected. The Friends, a fundraising, non-profit organization, provide continued support for vital library programming and services. For more information about the next Silent Auction, patrons can call the library.
Does the library or bookstore accept material donations or financial gifts?
Yes – Donations that are not integrated into the library’s collection are used to stock the Friends of the Kleberg Public Library Bookstore. All new or gently used donations will be accepted. Donors can make arrangements with the library to have their donations picked up. If donors need a record of their material donation, they can fill out the “Gift/Donation Acknowledgment Receipt Form.” The library does not appraise the value of the donated items. Patrons can obtain this form at the Circulation Desk. Supporters of the library, who wish to make a financial donation by check, can address their financial gift to the appropriate entity of their choice, “Robert J. Kleberg Public Library” or “Friends of the Kleberg Public Library.” The financial gift can be mailed to: 220 N. 4th Street, Kingsville, Texas 78363.
Does the library have a Memorial and Gift Program?
Yes – The library gratefully accepts book donations in good condition “in memory or in honor of” someone. Memorial donations made to the library in the form of books or media items are subject to the library’s selection policy. Patrons can also send a financial gift, and the library will select and purchase a suitable book. The donor may specify a subject area, or the library staff will select a book in an area that is in need of new materials. If it is a book donation, the patron fills out the “’Memorial in Memory Of’ Acknowledgment Form.” The library retains the acknowledgement form in its Memorial binder. A bookplate bearing the name of the person being memorialized as well as the name of the donor is placed inside the memorial book. The library displays all memorial books on the Memorial Book Shelf. After a period of one year, books are integrated into the regular collection to accommodate new memorial donations. In addition to books, the library welcomes financial, equipment, and furniture contributions. Patrons who wish to donate equipment or furniture can meet with the Library Director to assess the feasibility of the donation, based on the library’s needs, space, and objectives. The library acknowledges all donations by sending a thank-you card to the donor and an acknowledgment card to the family of the person being honored.
What are some of the electronic learning resources the library offers to the public?
• Mango®, an online language-learning program,
• Texshare, a consortium of 200+ informative and verified websites, which contains:
o LearningExpress Library, a vocational and educational practice exam database,
o Job & Career Accelerator (including Resume Builder,)
• Texas Driving Permit Practice Tests,
• and other in-house eletronic resources.
These resources are available for easy access anytime, day, or night. From the library’s website, patrons can click on the “eLearning Resources” tab to utilize these learning tools. While most of these resources are FREE, you must have a library card, and your account must be in good standing to access these resources.
How do I get a library card, and is it FREE?
To sign-up for a library card, simply stop by the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library during business hours and fill out an application. Qualifying local residents receive their FIRST card free. Kenedy County residents are eligible for a free card as well, subject to annual Kenedy County Commissioners Court approval. Kenedy County residents can click on the “Kenedy County Residents” tab on the library’s website for more information. Non-residents, which include Winter Texans, must pay an $8 annual fee.
Do I need to have my library card with me at all times when I visit the library?
Yes – To use “library card required” services, patrons will need to have their valid library cards on hand. A valid library card is required to access these services. Some of these services include checking out items from the physical and digital collections and the Interlibrary Loan Program, using the computer labs, and, signing up for the Makerspace Lab.
Are non-resident COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO COMMUTE to Texas A&M University – Kingsville or Coastal Bend College required to pay the $8 Annual Fee for a non-resident library card?
Yes – The library considers that student a non-resident. HOWEVER, if a college student resides INSIDE Kingsville or Kleberg County, the student’s initial library card will be FREE. All college students who reside OUTSIDE Kingsville or Kleberg County are considered non-residents and are required to pay the $8 annual fee.
Are members of the military and their dependents who reside in Kingsville or Kleberg County eligible for a FREE library card?
Yes - As long as the service member and their dependents reside INSIDE Kingsville or Kleberg County, the library considers the entire family as residents. The family’s initial library cards will be FREE. Members of the military and their dependents who reside OUTSIDE Kingsville or Kleberg County are considered non-residents and are required to pay the $8 annual fee.