Lake Whitney Public Library

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The Lake Whitney Library originated as neighborhood library sometime in the 1960s by a public spirited woman named Bess Findley, who believed that all children should have access to free reading materials.

After a period of inactivity, the library reopened in 1986 by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Whitney. The primary purpose was to serve as a paperback exchange. However, a few hardback books were still in existence and others were donated. This growth lead to the establishment of the Bess Findley Public Library.

In 1987, it was decided to apply for accreditation to the Texas State Library. With the state's stringent requirements in mind, the next two years became a period of feverish activity. Bylaws had to be adopted and a Board of Directors elected. With legalities met and a nonprofit status obtained, it was time to meet collection requirements. With many volunteers lending their help, membership in the Central Texas Library System and the Texas State Library became a reality a full year before the deadline.

In 1993, space requirements had become critical and new building was obtained. At the same time, the name of the library was changed to reflect the diversity of patrons using the library. On January 1, 1995, the library was accepted by the City of Whitney as a city department, complete with a full-time director. Additional staffing provided by volunteers.

In 2014, the library moved to a new location having outgrown our old one.  This location is 6,300 square feet with seating areas, activity room, and upgraded facilities.

The Lake Whitney Public Library system is located at 602 E. Jefferson Ave. The Lake Whitney Public Library provides free services to all residents living within Hill and Bosque Counties.

The library system holds over 28,764 materials including books,  CDs, DVDs, and graphic novels available for check-out.

In total, over 26 thousand items were checked out of the system during fiscal year 2012-2013! In addition to these items, thousands of people entered the library to utilize print and electronic reference resources, access the Internet through the Library’s fiber-optic connection, enjoy state-of-the-art Wi-fi service, participate in computer and Internet training, view a Library exhibit, or attend one of the Library’s many events.

Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. Welcome to the Public Library!

Our Mission

The mission of the Lake Whitney Public Library is to provide educational, recreational and informational resources  to Whitney and the surrounding communities.

Upcoming Events
Empower Yourself By Oak Counseling Jul 16, 2024 01:00 PM (US/Central) — Lake Whitney Meeting Room
City Council Jul 18, 2024 06:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Meeting Room
Lake Whitney Amatuer Radio Society Jul 20, 2024 11:00 AM (US/Central)
Empower Yourself By Oak Counseling Jul 23, 2024 01:00 PM (US/Central) — Lake Whitney Meeting Room
Book Club Jul 23, 2024 01:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Meeting Room
Chamber of Commerce: Lunch & Learn Jul 25, 2024 01:00 PM (US/Central)
LWEMS CPR Training Aug 03, 2024 01:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Meeting Room
Free Yoga Class Aug 06, 2024 01:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Meeting Room
Lake Whitney Garden Club Aug 08, 2024 10:00 AM (US/Central)
City Council Aug 15, 2024 06:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Meeting Room