Schimelpfenig Library

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Schimelpfenig Library


5024 Custer Road
972-769-4200

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Service Hours


Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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Plano Public Library COVID-19 Update: June 1, 2020 – closed for general use; computer access available by appointment


To help contain the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 within our community, all Plano Public Library facilities are currently closed for general use, however computer access is now available by appointment. A library card is required and appointments are scheduled in advance for two (2) hour sessions. See process and schedule here.

Book drops are open and returned items are quarantined for 72 hours. Items will still show on your account during the quarantine and holds fulfillment will also be delayed. Having the item(s) remain on your account will not impact your ability to check out additional items.

Holds pick up and specialty item returns are available porch side (see process and times here). Items currently checked out will be due starting the week of June 1; please check your account for due dates. Currently, access to digital resources is provided even if your account has overdue items. See FAQs for more library information.

Scroll down to see the calendar of virtual programs. 

You can access our digital services including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, newspapers, streaming video and online resources from home. For assistance using any of these services, please call your library Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 4:30 p.m. You may also email us your library question.

Currently, material donations are not being accepted. Please hold items until the Library reopens. You may support the library with a financial donation here.

Visit the COVID-19 webpage for the latest information.

Holds Pickup & Specialty Items Return

Holds Pickup and Specialty Items Return at Plano Public Library
Holds Pickup & Specialty Items Return is available porch side at all libraries Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 4:30 p.m.
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Computer Access Appointment Process

Computer Access Appointment Process at Plano Public Library
Starting June 1, 2020 Library card holders will be able to schedule appointments to use computers in the library. Appointments are booked in advance for two (2) hours and limited to one session per day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Information - Plano Public Library
We have received questions from our community regarding what services are available while the library is closed.
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Access the Library Online

Online Access Information - Plano Public Library
During the health emergency, access to online resources will be provided even if your account has overdue items. Use your library card to download eBooks and eAudiobooks with Libby, Overdrive and RBdigital. Downloadable Magazines are available from Flipster and RBdigital and Newspapers through PressReader on RBdigital. Stream award-winning films for adults and kids with Kanopy. Use our databases to learn a new language, find information on businesses and learn new skills.
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  1. History
  2. Features
Shimelpfenig LibraryFrom 1970-1974 the population of Plano grew more than 92 percent and the City decided to build a second library. Two Bond elections were held in 1975 ($790,000) and 1980 ($307,000) to purchase land and construct a new library complete with a basement. The 26,246 square feet Louise Ernestine Rammers Schimelpfenig Library opened in June 1980 with a collection of 25,000 volumes. The library’s name commemorates the efforts of Louise Schimelpfenig who opened her personal book collection to the community in 1884 and provided the city’s earliest library service. In 1997 the library was renovated and expanded to 30,000 square feet on two floors.