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Branch Details & Services

About this Branch

Fairbanks Branch is located in Bane Park, next to the baseball fields in W. Little York and North Gessner, where we occasionally organize outdoor programming. The library offers a range of services that include a genealogy specialist and a technology specialist available by appointment. We also have a variety of programs for children that include: story hours, STEM classes, book club, crafts and literacy programs. Fairbanks Branch has its own Teen Advisory Group (TAG) that plans and creates library events for grades 6-12. We also offer free English classes for all native languages ​​and computer / technology classes for adults. Each month, Fairbanks Branch will conduct a variety of seminars / classes for adults ranging from gardening to workshops. We also plan fun events, such as our monthly Adult Maker Mania and Movie Quote-a-longs. At Fairbanks Branch, we have something for everyone and we always do our best to ensure our customers have an excellent experience.

History

The Fairbanks Library was founded in 1922 by a handful of area residents who used space at the local post office. After the post office caught fire in 1925, the community raised $ 146 for materials and a 224-square-foot "cookie box" was built without running water in Fairbanks-N. Houston Road and Hempstead Highway. That building continued to serve as the Fairbanks community library until the current building was opened in 1971. With 5,000 square feet, it was more than twenty times the size of the original. A generous legacy of the Elfreida C. Letz estate partially funded further expansion in 1990 to the current 7,247 square feet.

Available Equipment

  • Blu-ray player (s)

  • CAC Reader (Common Access Card for U.S. Military)

  • DVD players

  • Kurzweil equipment for visually impaired people with scanner

  • Laptops

  • Overhead projector (s)

  • Print stations

  • Scanner (s)

  • Automatic exit machine (s)

  • VCR

Maker Equipment

  • Green screen

Special Services

  • Computer / Technology Classes

  • Computer classes in Spanish / bilingual

  • English language acquisition (ESL) classes

  • Adult literacy services

  • Programming for teenagers

  • Child programming

  • Seminars for adults / Programming / Workshops

Facilities

  • Community bulletin board (s)

  • Fairbanks Branch Meeting Room

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Fairbanks Public Library sponsors an ongoing book sale just inside the library’s entrance and one or two major book sales per year. All money raised by the Friends helps provide funding for library programs and materials. They accept donated books and audiovisual materials that are in good condition. Donations to the Friends of the Library can be reported as charitable contributions. For more information about the Friends of Fairbanks Public Library, please contact Suellen Denton at 713-466-4438

Branch Statistics

  • Date opened: 1922

  • Square footage: 7,247

  • Staff: 8

  • Parking capacity: 54

  • Meeting room capacity: 30

  • Public access computers: 20

  • Holdings: 16,409

  • Yearly circulation: 233,389

  • Yearly visitors: 90,150

  • Yearly in-library programs: 485

  • Yearly program attendance: 8,016

  • Reference questions: 29,583

Meet the Branch Manager

Fairbanks Branch Manager

Hi, I'm Suellen Dunn, Branch Manager at Fairbanks Branch Library. I love to read historical fiction and world history. At Fairbanks, we enjoy creating relationships with the members of our community within and outside the walls of our library through fun and educational programming. There is a lot going on at the library. We hope you visit us soon. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email or call 832-927-7890.

Upcoming Events

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September19Thu
Babies

Baby Storytime: Kits & Cubs

Honey Bear and Friendly Fox invite you to join us for Baby Time: Kits & Cubs, a warm, welcoming space to start your baby on the road to reading. It's never too early to start building a reader. We'd love to see you on Thursdays!
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
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