Cooke County Library

Library Policies

Checking Items Out

You must have a library card to check items out. No exceptions made.

You are allowed to check out 28 items on your card. This amount can be a combination of materials. An exception is made for teachers, who may check out items for classroom use. The limit is 31 for them.

You must be at least 21 years old to check out videos or DVDs.

Requirements for a Cooke County Library card.

Los requisitos para un de Tarjeta de Biblioteca de Condado de Cooke.

Item limits & Checkout Periods

Books – limited to 12 per patron and have a checkout period of 2 weeks.

Audiobooks – limited to 6 per patron and also have a checkout period of 2 weeks.

DVD’s & VHS – limited to 5 per family and have a checkout period of 7 days.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) – limited to 5 open requests per person. Checkout period varies depending on the policy of the lending library. Read more about ILLs.

Renewing Items

Renewals can be made in person, by phone, or through OPAC.

Books & Audiobooks – can be renewed twice IF not already overdue and as long as there is not a reserve on the item. If the item is overdue the late fee must be paid before the item is renewed.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) – can sometimes be renewed, depending on the policy of the lending library. Renewing an ILL often takes a few days, so please call the Cooke County Library at 940-668-5530 at least a week ahead of your ILL’s due date to request a renewal.

DVDs & VHS – can be renewed once IF not already overdue and as long as there is not a reserve on the item. If the item is overdue the late fee must be paid before the item is renewed.

Returning Items

During operating hours all drop boxes are closed and items must be returned inside the library. Drop boxes are only open when the library is closed. There is a $1.00 charge for each item returned in a drop box during operating hours.

Books – There are 3 book drops, 2 are located by the doors of the library and the other is located on the curbside of Main Street.

DVDs – DVDs can be dropped in the DVD drop located on the curbside of Main Street.

Audiobooks & VHS – We currently do not have a drop box for these items. You will be charged $1.00 for each audiobook or VHS returned in any drop box.


All cell phones must be silenced when in the library. If a conversation is necessary please take the call outside.

Food and drinks are not allowed in the library.

No smoking is permitted in the building or on library grounds.


Copies – $.20 per page for black and white, $.50 for color

Local faxes – $.50 per page

800 numbers – $.50 per page

Long distance – $2.00 for the 1st page and a $1.00 for each additional page of letter size paper. However, if using legal paper and sending it long distance, the cost is $1.25 after the initial $2.00 charge.

Receiving a fax at the library – $.50 per page. The fax number for the library is 940-668-5533.

Oversees faxes – from $3.00 to $5.00 per minute. (A call is placed to the operator for the charge to that location.)


Currently, Cooke County Library offers seven computers to the public which can access the Internet, various programs and for other needs. Five computers are for adult access and two for children. It is not necessary to have a Cooke County Library card to use the computers. At the Library, a first time computer user must read the Library’s Internet policy. The user is allowed only one hour to use the computers, twice per day. After the first hour has finished, the Library staff has the right to ask the patron to leave the computer. However, if there are no other patrons waiting to use the computers at that time, the patron may be allowed to continue use of the computer. Internet Policy [PDF]

Meeting Room

For questions regarding the use of the Library’s room call Jennifer Johnson-Spence at 940-668-5530. Meeting Room Policy [PDF]

Damaged or Lost Items

Charges are assessed for damaged or lost materials to encourage library users to take care of library property. The patron may keep any damaged materials for which replacement cost has been paid. The patron will be charged the cost of the item plus a $3.00 processing fee. Read details about lost or damaged items [PDF]

Long Range Plan

On March 13, 2017  the Cooke County Commissioners Court voted and approved a 5 Year Long Range Plan for the Cooke County Library. This plan assists and serves as guide for the Library to stay focused on the services and needs of its’ customers. It will be reviewed every 5 years to make sure the patrons requests are still the same. Long Range Plan [PDF]

Library Policy Manual

On August 25, 2014, the Cooke County Commissioners Court voted and approved a general policy manual for the Cooke County Library. This policy manual covers a variety of issues such as unattended children, Internet use, fines and fees, etc. This policy manual is to serve as a guide and provide security for both the patron and Cooke County Library. Cooke County Library Policy [PDF]

You may also view the Cooke County Library Policy Appendices [PDF]

NCTC Agreement

On May 27, 2008 the Cooke County Commissioner’s Court approved the new statement of cooperation between the Cooke County Library and North Central Texas College. NCTC’s Library Director, Diane Roether and Cooke County Library Director, Jennifer Johnson-Spence signed this agreement on June 2, 2008. NCTC Agreement [PDF]

  • Hours

    The Library is open:
    Monday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Tuesday: 9 am - 7:00 pm
    Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
    Curbside pickup is still available during those hours.

  • Get in touch

    Phone: (940) 668-5530
    Fax: (940) 668-5533

  • Find us

    Cooke County Library
    200 S. Weaver St.
    Gainesville, TX 76240