As one of the first staff members on the City’s Leadership Team invited to contribute a column to Through the Keyhole, it’s an honor and pleasure to share information about the collections, programs and services available at your Douglas Public Library (DPL).
Located at 560 E. 10th Street (right on the bus routes) and open six days a week (Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), there’s something for everyone at DPL starting with a bright, clean, welcoming space to relax, browse, and check out our collections of print and digital books, audiobooks, and magazines, as well as graphic novels, newspapers, movies, music, toys, and games for all ages in English and Spanish.
But your library also offers so much more. Staffed by 6.5 full time employees and supported by just two percent of the city’s general fund budget, not only have we curated an excellent bilingual collection containing over 56,000 titles for your reading and listening pleasure, we also offer a wide variety of free programs and services.
Some of our longstanding programs and services include weekly pre-school and family story times; movie screenings for kids and teens (popcorn provided!); public computer labs and Wi-Fi; the annual Summer Reading Program; free online research, GED, and test-prep databases; Adult Book Discussion groups; English-language classes; meeting and conference room space; library orientations, tours, and classroom visits for students; and nationwide Interlibrary Loan Services.
Newer library programs and services include Wi-Fi Hotspot lending (“the Internet in Your Pocket!”); weekly STEAM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) for kids ages 6-12; a six-week “Fun With Math & Science” summer program for preschoolers (ages birth-6); the Arizona Humanities Lecture Series; DPL’s new Placita Park Outdoor Library; a citywide subscription to the New York Times online; “Creativity in a Box” kits; free digital e-book, e-audiobook, and e-magazine downloads; mobile printing (send print jobs from your own networked device to the DPL Print Station from anywhere and pay only our standard printing costs); and free tutoring by members of the DHS National Honor Society.
A new service coming soon is “One County, One Card.” Scheduled to start in May, DPL patrons will now be able to designate Douglas as their “home library” and visit any Cochise County Library District (CCLD) member library (including Benson, Bisbee, Bowie, Douglas, Elfrida, Huachuca City, Portal, Sierra Vista, Sunizona, Sunsites, Tombstone, and Willcox) and borrow items from their collections using their DPL library card (as long as the account is in good standing – no outstanding fines or overdue materials). Of course, it will still be possible to order items from other CCLD libraries online and have them delivered directly to Douglas at no charge.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to visit us at the front desk, or call us at 417-7352, email us at DPL@douglasaz.gov, or learn more at http://www.douglasaz.gov/301/Library.
We look forward to meeting your information needs.