Obtain a library card
Library cards are free, but there is a charge for replacement cards. Bring a valid photo ID and proof of a current Mills County address when you come in to the library to fill out a library card application. Acceptable forms of identification are a driver's license, Texas Department of Public Safety ID, U. S. Passport, Resident Alien Registration Card or military, school or employee photo ID. Acceptable proof of address includes any of the above listed items, if address is included. A personalized check or bank statement, recent billing statements, voter's registration, vehicle registration or liability insurance, official rent receipt, rental agreement or other housing contract may also be used for proof of address.
Young persons from pre-school age through the age of 17 must have a parent/guardian come in and sign the application. The above rules for valid photo ID and proof of Mills County address also apply.
Library users are responsible for all materials checked out in their names as well as fines or damaged or lost materials. Fines are 10 cents per day for each item overdue and are calculated only on days we are open. All items are checked out for a period of 2 weeks and are renewable once. The book drop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Four items may be checked out to a cardholder at one time. Call, come into the library, or renew materials online.
The Jennie Trent Dew Library is located at 1113 Fisher next to the Mills County Museum in Goldthwaite. Our mailing address is PO Box 101, Goldthwaite, TX 76844. Our phone number is 325-648-2447, and e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a map to the library.
The library offers fourteen workstations with Internet access for public use. You may set up a free Internet e-mail account online. Signing up for the computers is on a first come, first served basis, and patrons may use a work station for one hour. There is no charge for the use of the computer with the exception of printing, for which we charge 10 cents per page for black and white and 25 cents for color. Other software available for use on the computers includes Microsoft Office: Access (a database authoring program), Excel (a spreadsheet program), Publisher (a program for creating flyers, brochures, catalogs, and Web sites), and Word (a word-processing program). One of the workstations is equipped with a scanner and Adobe Creative Suite 6 software, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver.
All persons using the workstations must sign an Internet safety contract. All persons under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian come into the library to sign an Internet safety contract for them.
Children may also use the workstations with Internet access if a parent or guardian has signed an Internet safety contract for the child.
A copy machine is available to the public for 20 cents per copy.
The library has a fax service available for the public to use. The cost is one dollar for the first page and 50 cents for each additional page.
You can check out more than books at the Jennie Trent Dew Public Library. We also have Large Print books, Audio Books both on cassette tape and CD, music CDs and VHS videos. Magazines and paperbacks are also available. We also belong to a digital consortium with many fiction and non-fiction titles available for download to a mobile device. The link to this consortium is located on our home page.
To renew books online: Click on the "Search our catalog online" icon on the Jennie Trent Dew Library home page. Here you will see several tabs across the top of the page. Click on the one labeled "My Library Info." Enter your library card number and your last name to access your account. You may also renew books by calling the library at 325-648-2447.
We will be happy to supervise both online and traditional (paper) testing. Please call the library at 325-648-2447 to set up a testing time.
The library has several books available concerning Mills County History. Also, please check our Recommended Links page for a link to the Mills County Historical Society and comprehensive listing of area cemeteries. Here is a map to the Goldthwaite Cemetery.
The Mills County Clerk's office offers the following guidelines for searching at their office.
Requests must be in writing via letter or fax, but not e-mail. There is a search fee of $5 per request. For example, if you need 2 death records and one birth, the cost would be $15. There is also a charge of $1.00 per page for copies. Please include the most complete information available such as the full name and approximate year of birth, death, or marriage. Remember to request a birth certificate for a married woman with a maiden name instead of the married one. If you need a certified copy, please contact the Clerk's office directly. The County Clerk's fax number is 325-648-3251, and the mailing address is to Carolyn Foster, County Clerk, P. O. Box 646 Goldthwaite, TX 76844.
Obituaries are accessed on microfilm. There is no staff available to perform these searches, but you are welcome to come into the office to look up the information. Years available are 1896 through 1977, and copies are 25 cents each. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm.