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Riter C. Hulsey Public Library



Rebecca Anderson, Director

301 N. Rockwall
Terrell, TX 75160


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Enriching Our Community ... Expanding Your World!

The Terrell Public Library provides materials which contribute to the informational and recreational needs of the community.



Library Hours:


Monday: 10 a.m. -  8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. -  8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. -  6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. -  6 p.m.
Friday: 1:00 p.m. -  5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday





Need to return a book after hours? Use the drive-through book
drop on the northeast side of the library building.


Free Library Services


Library Services

Library Cards


Any Texas resident can get a library card by visiting the library to register.

Requirements for a card are a valid picture ID and proof of address (if the address on the ID isn't current). Parents can sign for a minor 3 years old or older to get a card. The card will be mailed to the patron. There is no charge for the card. The card remains in effect as long as the cardholder remains in good standing with the library.


There is no limit on the number of items patrons can check out on their cards. However, only three new books may be checked out at one time. A new cardholder may check out one item at the time of registration. New cards are usually mailed to patrons on the day of registration or the next (business) day.

Computerized Card Catalog


Computerized Card catalog systemHulsey Public Library uses the Polaris System to provide an online public access catalog for library patrons. The OPAC replaces the traditional card catalog. The Polaris system makes it easy to find specific books, videos, periodicals, and other materials in the library's collection. The system can also generate bibliographies on specific subjects. 


Terrell High School and Furlough Middle School share the online catalog with Hulsey Public Library, making it possible to do a catalog search all libraries at all locations.


High speed internet is available at the library computersCommunity Access Computers


Hulsey Public Library has 17 computers with Internet access for your use during regular library hours. Each computer is equipped with Microsoft Word.


These computers are ideal for students working on school reports, since they can do online research then write their papers. Print-outs are available at 10¢ per page. You may transfer files to CDs or thumb drives.


Programs may not be loaded onto the community access computers.


Adult patrons can use their a card or a valid picture ID to sign up for 1 hour computer sessions.They must read our Internet policy and agree to abide by the rules of that policy.


Parents may sign for minors 13-17 years old to have Internet access. Parents can choose whether their children have access to filtered or unfiltered terminals. Anyone under the age of 13 must have a parent sitting with them to access the Internet.




  • Books:  Choose from more than 56,000 volumes, including a large-print collection. Books may be borrowed for 2 weeks with one 2-week renewal. Overdue charges are 10¢ per day.
  • Videos & DVD's:  Check out videos for 3 days.
  • Audio tapes
  • Books on tape
  • Books on CD
  • OneClickDigital - checkout and download audio books to your computer, apple product and/or MP3 player for free.
  • Periodicals
    • 93 subscriptions include:
      • popular magazines
      • newsletters
      • professional journals
      • 5 newspapers
  • Pamphlets
  • Filmstrips & microforms
  • Local history & genealogy files: 
    • books, periodicals, microforms
    • index to local birth announcements
    • index to local obituaries
    • Family tree software
    • CD-ROM genealogy index
    • Local history videos (interviews & documentaries)
    • Terrell Tribune archives
  • Games & puzzles
  • TexShare Databases - Access TexShare for information about careers, environment, history, general reference and much more!

    Topics you’re interested in from the sources you want: magazines, journals, books and reference works with accurate, relevant and verifiable information. The TexShare databases are subscription-only e-resources from Texas libraries, so results are from authoritative sources and won’t be found anywhere else.

    Ask your librarian for eligibility and access instructions. TexShare online resources are offered as a public service from Texas libraries and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.


Children's Programs


Children love to learn on the library computers.The library's year-round children's programs serve the public and area day care facilities. Junior volunteers assist with the Summer Reading Program and also serve as tutors for children with reading difficulties. Tutoring is available throughout the year for students in grades 1-4. Presentations for young audiences, featuring both professional and amateur performers, are presented throughout the year under the sponsorship of the Friends of the Library. Bring the little ones for story time every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.


The City of Terrell firefighters gave story time attendees a chance to explore a fire truck.


Reference and Research Services


Library staff answer more than 10,000 reference questions a year!  In addition to standard print resources, the reference section includes two computer terminals for searching CD-ROM databases. These include Magazine Article Summaries Full Text Select, NewsBank, Granger's Poetry Index, and Books in Print Plus Reviews. The collection also includes newspapers, magazines, and the archives of the Terrell Tribune. Internet access will be available for researchers in the near future.


Interlibrary Loans


Looking for a book we don't have in our collection? Let us order it for you through the interlibrary loan program. Hulsey Public Library is a member of the North East Texas Library System (NETLS) which gives us access to the shelves of other member libraries across north Texas. We can also book films and videos for you through the Texas State Library system. Check with the desk to order loaned materials.


Reader's Advisory Services


Our staff is happy to help you find books you will enjoy. Interested in a particular subject? We can generate a book list for you from our computerized card catalog. We offer user education programs to teach patrons how to use the library's research tools. Ask us about our Talking Book Program referrals, too.


Genealogy Research Assistance


Hulsey Public Library provides professional help in tracing the roots and branches of your own family tree. Supplement your genealogy research with our computer work station's "family tree" software and CD-ROM genealogy index. Learn a little more about our own local history, too. Archives of the Terrell Tribune are a unique resource for community research. The library's local history video project has produced documentaries on local history and taped interviews of community leaders and other residents with special knowledge of the area.


Teacher Services


The library's supplemental materials support the curricula of Terrell ISD, Trinity Valley Community College, Southwestern Christian College, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Terrell Christian Academy, and several local pre-schools. We can put together class tours and other special visits on request. The library also schedules story times for preschools and TISD Head Start classes. A special Teacher's Card provides expanded borrowing privileges for community educators.

Online Tools for Teachers

Library display areaDisplays


Monthly foyer displays showcase local collections and special interest topics. Look for topical book displays, too.


Don't miss our Bookmark Display in honor of National LIbrary Week.


Photos of animals available for adoption at the Terrell Animal Shelter are posted at the Hulsey Public Library in Terrell. View the photos during regular library hours.You can also view photos of available animals online.


Special Programs


Adult Literacy and English As a Second Language programs are available through the library. Call for information about classes and/or tutors. Test proctoring service is also available. Internet Resources for Teachers of English as a Second Language


The WINGS GED class is a free program for adults ages 18 and older, sponsored by the Hulsey Public library. The class is designed to prepare students without a high school diploma to pass the GED® test (General Educational Development Test).



Our library volunteer program for youths includes Junior Volunteers for the Summer Reading Program for 12 to 14 year olds and a volunteer program for ages 14 and up. Teens and adults assist with book repairs, working the desk, and helping library patrons find what they are looking for. 


GED Math Class

Beginning June 15, 2015 a new GED math class will be offered at the The Adult Learning Center, 807 N. Catherine St.

It will be an intensive class meeting Monday -Thursday from 12:30-3:30. The class will allow students to prepare for the math test in about 10-12 weeks.

Interested students will need to take a GED math pre-test prior to enrolling. The pre-test is available at and costs $6.00. For more information contact Lee Holbert


Special exhibits at the library include an annual craft fair with demonstrations by local artisans.


Join the Friends of the Library to assist with library programs, promotions, and fund raisers.


Public Meeting Room


The Community Room, with seating for 50 people, is available free of charge to non-profit groups. Reserve the room by calling the library at 972-551-6663. Others may rent the Community Room for a nominal charge. Call for the fee schedule.


Active Net - Community room reservation system.


Office Equipment


Make copies at the library for 10 ¢ each. We also provide a die-cutting machine for public use.


Resume Maker


Getting a job in this economy can be difficult without the right help and training. Having a great resume, sharp interviewing skills, and the ability to negotiate the salary you want will place you ahead of the competition in the job search. ResumeMaker provides all the job tools and career advice you need to build your confidence, and turn job interviews into job offers!


The Terrell Public Library and North East Texas Library System now give you online access to ResumeMaker to help you create the perfect resume and land that perfect job. Sample resumes, online job posts and virtual interview videos can be found on the site.


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 gives students of all ages the help they need to succeed in school and beyond. The online learning and career services are #1 in the industry and set the standard for innovative products for libraries, schools, colleges and businesses. Every session is academically sound and provides a positive learning experience.


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