Posted by Library Director, Curren McLane:
In 2008 the Azle Library joined forces with the other libraries in Parker County (Weatherford Public Library, Springtown Public Library, and East Parker County Library) in order to provide better library services to the entire county/area. The consortium was named the Parker County Library Association (PCLA). A grant, issued by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, provided the funds needed to combine the libraries’ electronic records. The result meant that patrons from any of the four libraries were able to use their library cards at the other PCLA locations. A courier service was also created in order to send books/movies/audiobooks between the libraries. Not wanting to miss out on excellent library services, in 2009 Millsap ISD opened a new elementary school with a library that was also open to the public. They officially joined PCLA the same year.
As PCLA enters the 6th year of cooperative library services, we are pleased to announce our newest member, the Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells. Now, you might be wondering why Mineral Wells is joining the Parker County Library Association since the city is located in Palo Pinto County. That’s an excellent point. Mineral Wells sits just past the Parker County line, and many residents of both counties utilize the libraries in Mineral Wells and Weatherford. It was a natural decision to share resources in order to better serve the needs of the municipal and rural communities. Best of all, the 40,000+ items located in at the Boyce Ditto Public Library are now accessible to all PCLA cardholders.
If you are ever visiting one of the other cities where the various PCLA libraries are located, we hope you still stop in to see their facilities and check out a few books (which can be returned at ANY PCLA location). The best part? It’s all FREE with your PLCA library card!
To find out more information, or to inquire about borrowing materials, please contact one of the PCLA libraries below:
- Azle Memorial Library: 817-444-7216
- Boyce Ditto Public Library: 940-328-7880
- East Parker County Library: 817-441-6545
- Millsap Elementary / Public Library: 940-682-3123
- Springtown Public Library: 817-523-5862
- Weatherford Public Library: 817-598-4150