Harrington Library

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Harrington Library


1501 18th Street
972-941-7175

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Library Manager: Melissa Shadowens

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Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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Plano Public Library COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020 – closed


To help contain the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 within our community, all Plano Public Library facilities are currently closed. Scroll down to see the calendar of virtual programs.

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. **Please note book drops are closed Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

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.


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-Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 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 – Saturday from 9:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
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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. 2020 Bookmark Contest Winners

    See who won the 2020 Bookmark Contest in each of the five divisions, watch the virtual celebration and download the winners’ poster. Get our list of 100 Art Resources you can access from home with your library card. Read on...
  2. Library Closure Update – May 26, 2020

    Patrons may return items to the library and pickup holds. Items previously checked out have due dates for the week of June 1. The Library will remain closed to the public to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Read on...
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  1. History
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Harrington LibraryIn May 1965 the Plano City Council passed an ordinance establishing a municipal library and appointed a Board of Trustees. Two years later a bond election passed providing funds for library construction. On June 2, 1969 the 10,000 square feet Gladys Harrington Library opened with a collection of 15,033 volumes. The library is named in recognition of Gladys Harrington and the Federation of Church Women of Plano who set up the first lending library in the Plano Community House in 1955. Ground was broken in July 1993 for the 20,000-square-foot Harrington Library expansion. The library re-opened in August 1994 with its current size of 30,000 square feet.
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