Library Services

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The Orange Public Library offers the following services to the public: Reference Department, and Interlibrary Loan.
Reference Department

The Reference staff is available to assist you in your research needs and provide referrals to other sources and agencies. If you are not able to visit the library in person, reach them by phone at 409.883.1053 or 409.883.1086; however, telephone is not preferred for complicated or in-depth research questions. Following are the types of questions that can be easily addressed by telephone:

Addresses for businesses, organizations, companies
Definitions of words
Zip code numbers
Foreign words or phrases
Quotations and poems

The library has a reference collection of books available to assist you for your information needs. Although reference books do not circulate, you may make copies for $ 0.15 a page.

Interlibrary Loan

The Orange Public Library works with libraries across the country to obtain items not owned by our local library. Any patron with a card in good standing may submit requests for materials.

What Can Be Requested?

Books and photocopies of magazine articles are the most requested items and the ones with the highest success rate for returned information. While the library staff can request recorded books and videos, these requests usually return unfilled, as most libraries do not loan these materials. Although they will not send an entire issue of a magazine, they will usually send copies of particular articles. If you wish to request an article from a magazine, your librarian needs to know the following information:

Title of article
Title of magazine
Date of magazine and page numbers

Other libraries will not loan reference and genealogy materials; however, there are helpful sources for genealogy materials:

A limited number of titles from the Texas State Library
Microfilmed county records
Some titles from the parish libraries in Louisiana

How Much Does the Interlibrary Loan Cost?

Normally, there is no fee for an interlibrary loan. On rare occasions, another library may charge a fee but the Orange Public Library will contact you before advancing with the loan in order to get your permission.

How Long Will It Take?

In most cases, the turnaround time for an interlibrary loan is one to two weeks; however, the time depends upon the difficulty of locating an available copy of the item and the location of the lending library. If there is a deadline by which the item is needed, please notify the Orange Public Library staff at the time of submitting the request.
How Long May I Use the Item Loaned to Me?

When the Orange Public Library receives an interlibrary loan it also receives a due date. Usually, you may borrow the items for two weeks but sometimes the lending library sets a shorter time frame. In some cases, an item may be renewed. If you wish to renew your loan, please contact the reference librarian three days in advance of the due date on your item. The reference librarian will request a renewal, which may or may not be granted.
Are There Restrictions?

Occasionally, items will arrive with a restriction of “In Building-Use Only.” This means that the item cannot leave the Orange Public Library building. The lending library sets the policy and the Orange Public Library must abide by it.