How Can We Help?

How Can We Help?
All Library Policies
All Library Policies are available online.
Fax or Scan a Document
  • Faxing within the United States or Canada is available for $.25 per page within the Computer Lab. 
  • There is no charge to scan documents to email, a USB drive, or Google Drive.
  • Printing is $.10 per page for black and white, or $.50 per page for color. 
Printing and Fax services are cash only.
Fees & Fines

What are the overdue charges if I am late returning library materials?

Item Daily Late Fee Maximum Late Fee
Books, Audiobooks, and Magazines $0.20 $5.00
DVDs and Blurays $1.00 $5.00


How can I pay my library fees?

  • You may pay your library fees in person during normal business hours at the Check Out desk with cash or check. We do not accept Debit or Credit Cards.
  • You may pay your library fees by mail, checks only.
    Make your check payable to DeSoto Public Library and mail to:
Attention Circulation Department
DeSoto Public Library
211 E. Pleasant Run Road, Suite C.
DeSoto, TX 75115


What if I lose or damage the materials that I have checked out?

You will be charged the replacement cost for all lost or damaged library materials. Contact the Check Out desk at 972-230-9665, or visit the Library for replacement costs and damage fees.

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Get a Library Card

How do I apply for a library card?

You may apply for a library card in person at the Check Out desk at the DeSoto Public Library. To receive a library card, acceptable identification and proof of residency must be presented at the time of registration. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Valid Driver’s license
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Military Identification

Acceptable forms of proof of residency include:

  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Voter’s Registration Card
  • Lease or Rent Agreement
  • Utility Bill (Electric, Gas, Water)
  • Car Insurance

Can my child register for a library card?

Children under 16 applying for library cards must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with acceptable identification and proof of residency.

How much does it cost to get a library card?

Anybody in one of the following categories can receive a library card free of charge:

  • Residents or owners of real or personal property in the City of DeSoto, Texas
  • Employees who work in the City of DeSoto, Texas
  • TexShare card holders
  • DeSoto school teachers
  • Residents of Cedar Hill, Texas
  • Residents of Duncanville, Texas
  • Residents of Lancaster, Texas
Non-Resident Library Cards

Families residing outside the City of DeSoto, owning no property within the City of DeSoto may purchase a non-resident library card for an annual fee of $15.00, valid for one year from the purchase date.

Does my card expire?

Resident cards are good for five years. Non-Resident cards are good for one year. When your card expires, simply come to the Check Out desk and a staff member will update your card for another five years for residents, or one year for non-residents.

What do I do if I lose my card?

If your card is lost, call 972-230-9665 or visit the Library during regular business hours to let us know. Cards may be replaced for free.

What can I do without a library card?

  • Read books, magazines, newspapers, and special collections when visiting the Library
  • Use the public computers with a free Guest Pass
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Attend Events & Classes
  • Get Homework Help
  • Use our free Wi-Fi
Get Voting Information
Voter Registration Cards in English or Spanish are available at the DeSoto Public Library.

Need to look up voting information online, apply for a poll worker position, scan a document, or print out a ballot? The Library provides public computers, wireless internet, printers, and scanners.

The Library is not a voting location. Need to find a voting location? Check the Dallas County Elections site or call 469-627-VOTE (8683).
 
Additional Resources

DeSoto Election Information available online.

800-252-VOTE (8693)
Texas Secretary of State:
What's On The Ballot?
Choose the election year, election, and county to find out what is on the ballot.
 
Vote411:
The Vote411 is a personalized ballot and candidate information tool.

Dallas County Elections
(469) 627-VOTE (8693)

The Official Website of the Dallas County Elections Department:

Library Newsletter
Check out the Library's bimonthly Newsletter, "Between The Pages."

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Request Interlibrary Loan
Our interlibrary loan service assists patrons in borrowing library books not found in our collection. The time frame for obtaining interlibrary loan items varies depending upon availability, publication year, shipping, and distance of the lending library. The current average time frame is 4 weeks.

  • Patrons requesting Interlibrary Loan service must be a DeSoto resident and DeSoto Library card holder. 
  • Please check the catalog prior to placing an Interlibrary Loan request. If an item is available within the Best Southwest Library Partnership, it will not be ordered through Interlibrary Loan. 
  • If the item is damaged, the Library we borrowed the item from will charge the amount their system requires to repair or replace the item. 

View the Interlibrary Loan Policy for full details.
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Suggest a Purchase
Summer Reading Club
The DeSoto Public Library presents the 2024 Mayor's Summer Reading Club! Check back for registration and more details.
Take the Library Survey

Customer Service Library Survey

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TexShare Card

What is a TexShare card?

The TexShare Card allows you to have direct access to books and other library materials that aren't available at your local academic or public libraries.

To be eligible for the TexShare Card Program, you must:

  • Be a customer in good standing at your home library in order to participate. Your home library is the library that you are eligible to use for library services. The TexShare card is a privilege for those who can use library services in a responsible manner.
    • You must be a customer in good standing with the Desoto Public Library for six months before you are eligible to participate in the Texshare Card program.
  • Present valid identification along with the TexShare Card in order to borrow materials from participating TexShare libraries.
  • Agree to return materials to the library from which they were borrowed, not to your home library.
  • Return materials in person or by other methods outlined in the library's lending policy.
  • Be responsible for any charges for late, damaged, or lost materials.

Lending policies are made by the individual libraries that participate in the TexShare Card program. Because of this, lending policies may vary from library to library. Be sure to check the lending policies for the library you wish to use.

How To Participate

To take advantage of the TexShare Card Program, follow these simple steps:

  1. Register for and receive a TexShare card from your home library.
  2. Consult the TexShare website to see the list of libraries which participate and the specific lending policies of the library you wish to visit.
  3. Present your TexShare card, your library card from your home library, and a photo ID at the lending library's check out desk to activate your checkout privileges.
  4. Check out the books or other materials at the check out desk. It is your responsibility to take care of your borrowed materials and return them on time.
Use Library Computers

The Library has two computer labs and selected Internet accessible/word processing computers available during regular library hours. Use the 14 digit barcode on your DeSoto Library card to use the computers. If you forget your card you may use a picture ID to have the number looked up.

  • Customers who do not have a DeSoto Public Library card can get a free computer Guest Pass. Customers must be at least 10 years old to receive a computer pass.
  • Fines or fees over $5.00 on your Library account will block access to the computers.
  • All computers will shut down 15 minutes before the Library closes.

View more information, including Wi-Fi access, Wireless Printing, and the Computer Use Policy.

View the Events Calendar
The DeSoto Public Library offers events and programs for all ages throughout the year. Take a look at our Calendar of Events to see what's happening!
Wireless Printing information

The DeSoto Public Library now offers wireless printing services. You can now print from your home desktop or laptop computer using the Library's mobile print link. You can also download the PrinterOn app and print from your smart device. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian for assistance.

Multiple Wireless Print Methods Available

Submit documents for printing in one of three ways:

  1. Web Upload - Upload documents via the web at https://www.printeron.net/dpl/pleasantrun
  2. Email Printing - Simply send an email with the file you want printed as an attachment to one of following email addresses:
  3. Mobile Apps - Mobile printing apps for iOS and Android provide simple search and print workflows.

Confirmation:

After sending your print job, you will receive a confirmation notice that the job was successfully received by the Library printer. Proceed to the print release terminal in the Computer Lab, enter the e-mail address used to submit your print job, insert your payment in the coin-op machine, and then follow the step to release your print job.
The Library coin-op machines only accept cash, no bills larger than $5.

Cost per page:

  • Letter - Black & White = $0.10 per page, single-sided
  • Letter - Color = $0.50 per page, single-sided
  • Double-sided printing is not available

For more information about the PrinterOn mobile printing app, you may download the PrinterOn User Guide.