About the Library

New Braunfels Public Library Mission

The mission of the New Braunfels Public Library is to provide the community with equal access to physical and virtual environments that support and encourage lifelong learning and enrichment.


The first public library in New Braunfels was founded in 1928 and began with a shelf of books in a room in a downtown building. It has evolved from this humble beginning to a city-owned library with more than 135,000 items and a range of services for adults and children. The library became a department of the City of New Braunfels in 1971, offering free library service to residents within the city limits. In 2018, this range was expanded to include free library service to residents within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Non-city residents pay a small annual fee for library services.

Services & Programs

The library offers a variety of services available to the public, including scanning and faxing, public access computers with Internet access, photocopiers, and open WiFi.

Children’s programs include Baby Rhyme Time, Family Storytime in the evening and on the weekend, Bilingual Storytime, Paws to Read (a program for kids to practice reading aloud to therapy animals), and an annual summer reading program.

Teen programs include a Teen Advisory Board, a writing club, an anime and manga club, a drop-in program for volunteer hours, and book-related contests and games, and an annual summer reading program.

Adult programs include book groups, computer classes, gardening programs, yoga, tai chi, craft classes, job skills workshops, and an annual summer reading program.