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Atwell Public Library Cards

An Atwell Public Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives or attends school in an educational institution within the City of Hutchins city limits. Educational institutions include public schools, charter schools, private schools, etc. A library card is also available to City of Hutchins employees.

To receive your library card, visit Atwell Public Library with a government-issued photo identification, which has your current address. If your ID does not show your current address, please bring two forms of identification: one to prove your identity with a photo and one to show your place of residence. Examples include:

  • driver's license
  • voter’s registration card (current)
  • lease agreement (current)
  • vehicle insurance (current)
  • passport
  • checkbook
  • online bill

current business mail with physical address (within last 30 days). Mail must be typewritten or computer-generated


Atwell Public Library cards are valid for residents, Hutchins’ students, and City of Hutchins employees. If residency changes, employment ends, or student changes to a school outside of Hutchins, the library card privileges expire.

Card for Children

Parents can sign up their children, age 5 years and older to receive a library card. The parent/guardian must present two forms of identification (outlined above) or the child's report card and/or ID (valid for schools within the City of Hutchins only, if not a resident).

Card for teens

Teenagers 14 and up may apply for their own library card with a current school ID (valid for schools within the City of Hutchins only) or government ID.

TexShare Cards

TexShare Card provides you with borrowing privileges from more than 500 participating libraries across the state. A TexShare card is available at no cost to Atwell Public Library cardholders, upon request, for patrons 18 years and older who have no outstanding fines or fees. See Library Services: TexShare Card section for more information.


Servicios bibliotecarios: Tarjetas de Biblioteca


Tarjetas de la biblioteca pública de Atwell

Una tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pública de Atwell está disponible sin costo para cualquier persona que viva o asista a la escuela en una institución educativa dentro de los límites de la Ciudad de Hutchins. Las instituciones educativas incluyen escuelas públicas, escuelas chárter, escuelas privadas, etc. Una tarjeta de biblioteca también está disponible para los empleados de la Ciudad de Hutchins.

Para recibir su tarjeta de la biblioteca, visite la Biblioteca Pública de Atwell con una identificación con foto emitida por el gobierno, que tenga su dirección actual. Si su identificación no muestra su dirección actual, traiga dos formas de identificación: una para probar su identidad con una foto y otra para mostrar su lugar de residencia. Ejemplos incluyen:

  • licencia de conducir
  • credencial de elector (vigente)
  • contrato de arrendamiento (vigente)
  • seguro de vehículo (vigente)
  • pasaporte
  • chequera
  • factura en línea correo comercial actual con dirección física (dentro de los últimos 30 días). El correo debe estar escrito a máquina o generado por computadora.

Las tarjetas de la Biblioteca Pública de Atwell son válidas para residentes, estudiantes de Hutchins y empleados de la Ciudad de Hutchins. Si cambia de residencia, finaliza el empleo o el estudiante cambia a una escuela fuera de Hutchins, los privilegios de la tarjeta de la biblioteca caducan.


Tarjetas para niños

Los padres pueden inscribir a sus hijos, mayores de 5 años, para recibir una tarjeta de la biblioteca. El padre/tutor debe presentar dos formas de identificación (descritas anteriormente) o la boleta de calificaciones y/o identificación del niño (válida para escuelas dentro de la ciudad de Hutchins solamente, si no es residente).

Tarjeta para adolescentes

Los adolescentes de 14 años en adelante pueden solicitar su propia tarjeta de la biblioteca con una identificación escolar actual (válida solo para escuelas dentro de la ciudad de Hutchins) o una identificación del gobierno.

Tarjetas TexShare

La tarjeta TexShare le brinda privilegios de préstamo de más de 500 bibliotecas participantes en todo el estado. Una tarjeta TexShare está disponible sin costo para los titulares de tarjetas de la Biblioteca Pública de Atwell, previa solicitud, para usuarios mayores de 18 años que no tengan multas o tarifas pendientes. Consulte la sección Servicios de biblioteca: tarjeta TexShare para obtener más información.


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Library Services

Wifi Access – Free Wifi access is available for use, without a password between regular library open hours- 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday.


Computer Terminals – Computers are open to the public, with or without a library card for up to 2 hours daily.


Prints and Copies – Black & White copies only           

  • Prints and Copies - $.10 per page 


 Scan to PDF – Staff can scan paperwork into PDF, and email to a personal email only.

  • Scan to PDF- $.10 per page


Email to Print – Patrons can email staff documents to print. Prints must be picked up within 24 hours of submission. All documents must be ready to print with  no editing required.

  • Email to print- $.10 per page


Fax – Only outgoing faxes. Library does not accept incoming faxes.

  • $1.00 per page Local and Toll-Free Phone Numbers
  • $2.00 per page Long Distance Numbers


Online Resources

Atwell Public Library offers a variety of online resources through our TexShare membership. These are available free for cardholders and can be accessed from your computer, smartphone, tablet, or other internet accessible device. 


All databases require a login password and can be requested in-person, email, or over the phone.

The library is listed as “Hutchins-Atwell Public Library” in the dropdown window.


La Biblioteca Pública de Atwell ofrece una variedad de recursos en línea a través de nuestra membresía de TexShare. Estos están disponibles de forma gratuita para los titulares de tarjetas y se puede acceder a ellos desde su computadora, teléfono inteligente, tableta u otro dispositivo con acceso a Internet.

Todas las bases de datos requieren una contraseña de inicio de sesión y se pueden solicitar personalmente, por correo electrónico o por teléfono.La biblioteca aparece como "Hutchins-Atwell Public Library" en la ventana desplegable.



 Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform for adults who want to improve work-related skills or further develop a personal interest. Users can search through thousands of continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more, including courses taught by native speakers in 12 languages. All courses are taught by world-class instructors and offer a tailor-made learning experience for those who want to learn new technologies and skills to stay competitive in a changing workforce.



BiblioBoard is a collection of e-books from E-Read Texas Unlimited Collection, including popular non-fiction such as travel, nutrition and health, and gardening, along with adult and young adult fiction.



National Geographic Kids explores amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children 6-14.



Job and Career Accelerator provides a powerful tool to create a winning resume, prepare for an interview and match a career with your skills and interest.



Learning Express is an interactive learning database containing practice tests and tutorials designed to help patrons, students and adult learners succeed on academic or licensing tests. Tests include academic, civil service, military, professional licensing, certification and STAAR tests. There is also job hunting help on creating a resume and preparing for interviews. Create your own account to track your progress.



Gale Legal Forms includes a wide selection of Texas legal forms. Also includes a directory of Texas attorneys and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in layman’s language. You will need your library card number and your PIN to log in.



HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. Powered by Ancestry with more than 4.4 billion records and coverage dating back to the 1700s.



TexShare Library of Texas is an extensive collection of databases which gives users the opportunity to access full-text articles in encyclopedias, almanacs, reference books, journals, newspapers, and electronic books. Databases include Ebsco MasterFile and Academic Search, Heritage Quest Online, Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, Ebsco Consumer Health Complete, Gale Literature Resources Center, InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, and Net Library. You will need a login and password.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Atwell Public Library. Pick up your application in the library.

Minimum requirements to volunteer:

  • Must fill out an application.
  • Consent to a background check.
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer.
  • Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s permission.
  • Applicants must not be seeking court-ordered community service hours.
  • Student volunteers are considered those working for National Honor Society or other school related hours.

Samples of volunteering opportunities include:

  • Greeting and welcoming patrons
  • Shelving books and straightening shelves.
  • Assisting Circulation Desk
  • Computer coach
  • Adult program assistant
  • Teen program assistant
  • Children’s programs (game days, seasonal crafts, Storytime.)
  • Clerical

Volunteer applications and background checks are reviewed and assessed by the City of Hutchins Human Resource Department. If the volunteer application is accepted, the librarian will contact the volunteer by email and/or phone. Volunteers are under the direct supervision of the librarian and will receive assignments based on needs of the library as well as matching interests and skills.

Mission Statement

Library Hours and Holiday Closures

Library Hours

Monday          9:00AM-6:00PM

Tuesday         9:00AM-6:00PM

Wednesday    9:00AM-6:00PM

Thursday        9:00AM-6:00PM

Friday             9:00AM-6:00PM

Saturday        Closed

Sunday          Closed


Holiday Closings

The following holidays are observed by the City of Hutchins, and all public buildings will be closed that day. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed, and if the holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed.


New Year’s Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Good Friday

Memorial Day


Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Friday after Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Circulation Policy

Computer and Internet Access

Library Code of Conduct

Donation Policy

Atwell Public Library accepts donations of new and or gently used materials including books, recorded books, music CDs, and DVD/Blu-rays. Any other form of donated item such as craft supplies, puzzles, or games, will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Donations can be of any reading level or in any world language. Donated materials become the property of the Atwell Public Library and will be evaluated based upon our collection development policy and may be added to the permanent collection, added to the Hutchins’s Community Libraries, sold, discarded, or donated to another non-profit institution or library.

All proceeds from the sale of donated materials benefit the Atwell Public Library. Donations added to the collection may be subsequently withdrawn when they are worn or when their content is no longer current. If you need a receipt for tax purposes, the library will provide the form, but the donor must assign a dollar value to the donations.



Política de Donación

La Biblioteca Pública de Atwell acepta donaciones de materiales nuevos o usados ​​en buen estado, incluidos libros, libros grabados, CD de música y DVD/Blu-rays. Cualquier otra forma de artículo donado, como suministros para manualidades, rompecabezas o juegos, se manejará caso por caso.

Las donaciones pueden ser de cualquier nivel de lectura o en cualquier idioma del mundo. Los materiales donados pasan a ser propiedad de la Biblioteca Pública de Atwell y se evaluarán de acuerdo con nuestra política de desarrollo de colecciones y pueden agregarse a la colección permanente, agregarse a las bibliotecas comunitarias de Hutchins, venderse, descartarse o donarse a otra institución o biblioteca sin fines de lucro.

Todos los ingresos de la venta de materiales donados benefician a la Biblioteca Pública de Atwell. Las donaciones añadidas a la colección podrán ser retiradas posteriormente cuando se lleven puestas o cuando su contenido deje de ser actual. Si necesita un recibo para propósitos de impuestos, la biblioteca le proporcionará el formulario, pero el donante debe asignar un valor en dólares a las donaciones.

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