Henderson County Public Library

Public Computers

We have 38 computers available for public use, each providing Internet access and other software applications, such as word processing, desktop publishing, and resume writing software. We also provide a scanner and printer for public use. Free Wi-Fi service is available for your personal device.

Services

Please review the HCPL Fine/Fee Schedule, for the cost of services.

  • Photocopy machines – 2 copy machines are available for self-service use.
  • Microfilm machines – 3 microfilm machines are available for self-service use. You may make copies and/or save images to your flash drive.
  • Fax machine – Staff will send and receive faxes for patrons.
  • Typewriter – We have one self-service typewriter in the Computer Lab for public use.

Book Kits

What are Book Club Kits?

Finding a book for your next book club series just got a whole lot easier! Check out a Book Kit from the Henderson County Public Library, and be prepared to have an excellent meeting. Book Kits contain 10 copies of the book and a discussion guide to give you material to spark conversation. Our collection of book kits is small, but growing and we guarantee that we have something that your group will love.

How can I find a kit?

You can see the list of book kits that the library has and their current circulation status by using our catalog. You can also check availability by calling the Henderson County Public Library at 270.826.3712. Be prepared to give the staff member your library card number so that we can hold the kit that you want. You will be notified when the kit is ready for pick-up.

How do I check out a kit?

If the kit is available for checkout, simply let the staff member at the circulation desk know that you would like to check it out. If the kit that you want is not available, we can help you to select another kit, or place you on hold for the kit that you want and notify you when it is available. Kits check out for six weeks and may not be renewed.

How do I return a kit?

Make sure to check the box to ensure that all 10 books and the discussion guide folder are accounted for before you bring the kit back to the library. The kit contains a list where you can record which book copy was given to what member of your club. You may want to collect the items from your book club members early to make sure that all items are returned by the due date. The person who checks the kit out will be responsible for any damaged or missing items and any overdue fines.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library strives to provide quick and easy access to all information and materials that patrons request. In some cases, a book may be out of print and can no longer be purchased, or someone may need a copy of a journal article from a specialized or obscure source. In these cases, patrons may request that the Library try to borrow the material through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries around the country. If you feel that you need Interlibrary Loan services, please call the Library and ask to speak to the Interlibrary Loan librarian, email the Interlibrary Loan librarian, or fill out and print an ILL request form.

Library Tours

Groups may request a formal tour of the library. Tours will include stops at all public areas of the library as well as the history of the library and the original library building. This is especially popular for school groups, visitors to Henderson, and local organizations. Advance reservations are required. Please call the library if you would like to schedule a tour or submit an online request.

Meeting Rooms

We have one large and one small meeting room available for use by organizations whose membership is open to the public.

The large room, the multi-purpose room, is 38' x 22', 836 square feet. There are 12 folding tables and 80 stack chairs available for use with this room. A comfortable meeting in this room would seat no more than 50 persons. Nonalcoholic beverages and light refreshments may be served in this room.

The small room, the meeting room, is 23' x 23', 529 square feet. There are two long tables arranged in the shape of a "T". Seating is available in this room for 25 persons. Food or beverages may not be served in this room.

To reserve a room, one person from the organization shall be responsible for the group's use of a meeting room. That person may reserve the facility for his/her group. A reservation form must be completed and returned to the library prior to use. Read the full meeting room policy and submit a meeting room request form.

Notary Public

Free notary public service is available most hours the Library is open. The purpose of a Notary Public is to act as an impartial witness as he or she certifies signatures. All signers must be present and provide photo identification. Documents must be signed in the presence of the Notary. A Notary cannot give advice or instruction regarding documents to be notarized and will not be involved in any transaction that the Notary believes to be false, deceptive or fraudulent.

On-Site Writing Specialist

You can meet one-on-one with a writing specialist from Henderson Community College! Get help with papers, resumes, cover letters, and creative writing. The writing specialist services will be available for high school seniors entering college in the fall and adults only. To make an appointment, please call the library at 270.826.3712. Walk-ins welcome, too!

Tax Forms

During tax season (January 1 - April 15), the Library provides free federal tax forms to the public until supplies run out. Patrons may also print tax forms from the following web sites: for federal tax forms, http://www.irs.gov; for Kentucky tax forms, http://revenue.ky.gov/forms. The Kentucky Department of Revenue no longer provides free tax forms to libraries. Patrons must download the forms or call 502-564-3658 for mailed forms.

Teacher Services

If you are a teacher or educator, you are encouraged to take advantage of our many free services, including a wealth of homework and educational tools on our website.

Educator Cards

  • Free to all educators living or working in Henderson County.
  • You may check out up to 30 books at one time.
  • An extended 30 day loan period for books, books on CD, and music allows time for you to review materials before including them in a unit or lesson.
  • Using your Educator card frees up your personal library card for leisure reading and weekend movies.
  • Please see the HCPL Educator Card Policy for more information.

Teacher Collections

We are able to collect up to 30 books and 7 DVDs or videos hand-picked by our own staff on a particular theme or themes for use in your classroom. For best service, please give 3 weeks advance notice.

Teacher Assignment Alert Form

The library staff can locate and compile resources in advance of special projects or assignments to help your students with their research. Please use the Teacher Assignment Alert form to notify the library staff three to four weeks prior.

Specific Requests

If we do not own the item that you need to enhance your curriculum or fulfill the educational standards for your classroom, we will try to purchase the item. Please allow at least a 4-week notice for specific requests. This allows us time to find an alternate source if the item is no longer available for purchase. We may be able to borrow the item from another library. Submit a request online.

Class Visits to the Library

Class visits may include a storytime, tour of the library, and time for checkout. We would be happy to tailor a visit to suit your specific needs. Please schedule class visits at least 3 weeks in advance. Submit a request for a class visit.

Test Proctoring

Test proctoring is offered to students at no charge. Appointments must be made in advance and students are responsible for arranging exams with their instructor or institution. For details please review our policy on proctoring exams.