Lake Whitney Public Library

Your Library


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!


 The library has an annual circulation rate of over 25,761. Patrons Visit 23,985 With a collection of over 24,563 printed books, 865 audio books  and over 786 DVD's and a growing CD collection.  Computer access is also provided for word processing, email and research via the Internet. Now updated in August 2020

There is always something new and exciting going on at the library. You will always find a friendly smile on the face of the staff members there to assist you with your library needs.

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
Book Club Oct 26, 2021 01:30 PM (US/Central) — Activity Room
Book Club Nov 16, 2021 01:30 PM (US/Central) — Activity Room
Amateur Radio Club Nov 20, 2021 12:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Activitiy Room
Book Club Dec 14, 2021 01:30 PM (US/Central) — Activity Room
Amateur Radio Club Dec 18, 2021 12:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Activitiy Room
Amateur Radio Club Jan 15, 2022 12:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Activitiy Room
Amateur Radio Club Feb 19, 2022 12:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Activitiy Room
Amateur Radio Club Mar 19, 2022 12:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Activitiy Room
Amateur Radio Club Apr 16, 2022 12:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Activitiy Room
Amateur Radio Club May 21, 2022 12:00 PM (US/Central) — Triplett Activitiy Room