Lumberton Public Library

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Who We Are

The Lumberton Public Library provides all of our services free of charge to residents of the State of Texas and provides a variety of services to all of our guests.

The Library currently has 31,648 total copies in our collection. The collection consists of regular and large print books divided into four general sections: juvenile, young adult, adult, and reference; audio books in CD and MP3 formats; read-along books with CDs for children; paperback book collections; educational and entertainment movies in DVD and Blu-Ray disc formats; forty-six (46) periodical subscriptions for all ages; and, three (3) newspapers: Beaumont Enterprise, Hardin County News, and Silsbee Bee.

In total, 50,304 items were checked out during the 2015 fiscal year! 43,392 people entered the library in fiscal year 2015 to utilize our various services, including: reference print and our fifty-one (51) electronic database reference resources through our Texshare Databases and other sources, access the Internet through the Library’s high-speed cable connection, enjoy state-of-the-art Wi-Fi service, participate in computer and Internet training, or attend one of the Library’s many events in our Community Room!

The Lumberton Public Library offers a pre-school story time on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from September through May at 10:30 a.m.  During the summer months the Library offers other special programs.

Speaking of summer...the Lumberton Public Library offers a fun-filled and exciting Summer Reading Program each year!  Children can read books to earn reading certificates, custom-designed t-shirts, and any number of other prizes donated by our generous, local businesses.

Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. Welcome to the Public Library!

Our Mission

The mission of the Lumberton Public Library is to provide an extension of education for personal growth and cultural enrichment to the citizens of Lumberton and the surrounding area.

Our library has a number of goals.  LPL's primary goal is to promote literacy among all age groups for the people of Lumberton and the surrounding area.  It is also our goal to provide information to the public regarding consumer awareness, safety, and health issues.  Although the Lumberton Public Library tries to provide print and electronic resources on these topics, we also strive to provide seminars on these various topics.  Of course, we are dedicated to maintaining and expanding our collection in a variety of formats that enhance the educational and recreational needs of our community.  Finally, The Lumberton Public Library's long-term goal is to expand our present 5,000 square foot facility to better serve our public.

Our Current Staff

Lon Nickles (Library Director and Librarian)

Brandi Wood (Library Technical Assistant)

Mary Alsdurf (Library Aide)

Jennifer Guillory (Library Aide)

Jessica McManus (Library Aide)

Pat Strickland (Library Aide)

The Library Advisory Board

The Lumberton Public Library Advisory Board consists of seven (7) members who are appointed by the Lumberton City Council for a term of two (2) years.  The Board has three (3) officer positions: Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary.  The officers are elected for one (1) year terms by the membership of the board.  The Board members act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in various matters pertaining to the Lumberton Public Library.

The current Board members are:

  1. Linda Surratt, Chairman
  2. Joleen Hernandez, Vice Chairman
  3. Becky Holleran, Secretary
  4. Barbara Murphy
  5. Carol Dumatrait
  6. Dr. Betty Iles
  7. George Talbert

The Director of the Lumberton Public Library is also an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the Library Board. 

Fiscal Year 2015 Statistics:

Items Checked Out for the Fiscal Year: 50,304 (FY2014: 55,665)

Items Checked In for the Fiscal Year: 49,814 (FY2014: 51,379)

Items Renewed for the Fiscal Year: 4,316 (FY2014: 5,493)

eBooks Checked Out for the Fiscal Year:  902 (eBook program started in June of 2015, so there are no FY2014 statistics.  Projected numbers for an entire FY would be approximately 2,706 check outs of eBook materials).

Total Transactions for the Fiscal Year: 105,336 (FY2014: 112,537)

Interlibrary Loan Items Borrowed for Lumberton Public Library Patrons for the Fiscal Year: 6 (FY2014: 5)

Interlibrary Loan Items Loaned to Other Libraries for the Fiscal Year: 65 (FY2014: 89)

New Patrons for the Fiscal Year: 1,095 (FY2014: 1,068)

Total Gate Count for the Fiscal Year: 43,392 (FY2014: 44,259)

Total Hours Open to the Public for the Fiscal Year: 2,098 (FY2014: 2,131)

Patrons Serviced Per Hour for the Fiscal Year: 21 (FY2014: 21)

Total Projected Number of Individual Computer User Sessions for the Fiscal Year: 8,017

(FY2014: 9,799)

Total Projected Minutes Logged for Computer/Internet Use for the Fiscal Year: 397,205

(FY 2014: 491,251)

[Please note that these figures do NOT include use of the children’s computers.]

Total Projected Number of Individual Wifi User Sessions for the Fiscal Year: 2,131 (FY 2014: 1,936)

Total Projected Number of Minutes Logged for Wifi Use: 155,896 (FY 2014: 132,556)

Volunteer Hours for the Fiscal Year: 175 (FY2014: 321)