Register for Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at San Marcos Public Library! All events are free and open to the public.

eBooks & eAudiobooks

Download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Overdrive Media. The library has contracted with OverDrive Media and joined a consortium of Central Texas libraries to offer eBooks and eAudiobooks to our patrons free of charge. Set up your account and enter your library card number under My Account to sign up. Visit OverDrive Help if you need assistance or bring your device to the library for personalized help from our staff.

Kanopy Streaming

Access thousands of movies with your library card at Kanopy.com. Kanopy Streaming offers something for everyone including films, documentaries, dramatic series, and childrens' programming. Simply visit kanopy.com and create a free account with your library card number. Using monthly credits, users can watch a film for up to 48 hours, watch a "bingeable" series for 72 hours, and have unlimited access to Kanopy Kids.


SMCISD Digital Cards

If your child is a student at SMCISD, they already have access to free eBooks, audiobooks, language instruction, and more! Simply use their student ID number as the library card number when signing up for any of our eResources. If asked for a PIN, use the last four digits of their student ID number. You can also limit the maturity level of books your child sees in the library collection. Directions for limiting maturity levels can be found here.


Access Flipster with your library card to check out over 20 different magazines digitally. Back issues are available too! Download the Flipster app to download magazines for reading offline.


Print from your home computer, laptop, or mobile device to the library printers through PrinterOn. Send your documents through the webpage, download the app on your mobile device, or send your black and white document as an attachment to the San Marcos Library. Documents are kept in the printer queue for 12 hours. Please bring coins or small bills to pay for your prints at the library: ¢10 for black and white, ¢40 for color.

New York Times Digital Access

As a member of the San Marcos Public Library you can access the complete New York Times online. The access code for the library's digital subscription provides ongoing access to NYTimes.com from any computer or device, as well as access to apps on portable devices. Email the Library for the free access code.

Mango Languages

Looking to learn a new language? Through the San Marcos Public Library, you have free access to Mango Languages. Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. Simply create a profile, and start your language learning journey!

TexShare Databases

A valuable research tool, the TexShare Databases include access to full-text magazines, newspapers, and genealogy materials for customers of all ages. Call the library at 512-393-8200 to get your free login and password.

Foundation Directory

Foundation Directory helps nonprofits find funding faster. Users can easily find local nonprofits where they can donate, work, or volunteer. Those in need can connect to essential resources, such as food banks or shelters. Visit the Candid Blog to learn more about Foundation Directory. Click here to begin your search! This resource must be used while connected to the Library's network.

Learning Express Library

Whatever your goal, Learning Express Library's resources will help you succeed. SAT, ACT, Compass, GED, GRE, THEA and other test preparation materials are provided. Practice for occupational tests such as firefighter, police officer, nursing, CDL, teacher exams and more. Brush up on your computer skills with classes on Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and other Windows-based programs as well as MAC and Adobe applications. Access Learning Express Library by visiting the TexShare Databases and selecting Most Popular. Email the library to get the login information.

Book Connections



Gale LegalForms

Take the law into your own hands and create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle with Gale LegalForms. This database offers an easy-to-use, state-by-state and step-by-step approach to addressing basic legal matters, such as developing a will, conducting real estate transactions including rental or lease agreements, and more. Users have access to thousands of customizable online legal documents that are available anytime, anywhere. Access Gale LegalForms by visiting the TexShare Databases and selecting Most Popular. Email the library to get the login information.

Heritage Quest

In Heritage Quest you'll find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors' paths across history. Access Heritage Quest by visiting the TexShare Databases and selecting Most Popular. Email the library to get the login information.

San Marcos-Hays County Digital Local History Collection

This bibliography offers simple digital access to the contents of the San Marcos-Hays County Local History Collection. Indexed materials include news stories, features, and obituaries, as well as birth, wedding, and engagement announcements. The materials themselves are housed at the library. If you find an item you would like, please contact 512-393-8200.

Local History Photographs

Enjoy a peek into the beauty and history of San Marcos with our digital photo collection. Old postcards, family photos and event clippings are still being added to this collection.

History Photograph


See what's new at the library this month! Subscribe to as many e-newsletters as you would like and you will receive updates in your email inbox with brief descriptions of each title as well as links to the library's catalog so you can easily reserve titles of interest. You can also subscribe to our calendar of events and our popular newsletter will be delivered once per month to your email account. Not sure if you want to subscribe? Just click on any of the newsletter titles to read them online.

Library Catalog

The online library catalog provides access to all materials that the library offers including books, DVDs, audio books, local history research, and photographs. With your library card number and personal identification number (PIN), you are able to access your own account, place reserves on popular materials and renew items already checked out.

Children’s Catalog

The children’s online catalog provides access to all materials that the library offers in the children’s collection including books, DVDs, and audio books. With your library card number and PIN, you are able to access your own account, place reserves on popular materials and renew items already checked out.

My Account

Access your library account using your library card number and 4-digit PIN.

Social Media

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Watch library staff share children’s songs and puppet shows, as well as other virtual library programs.