Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center

Research historic Texas newspapers and documents

Our partnership with the Portal to Texas History allows free online access to digital copies of local newspapers, including current newspapers Giddings Times & News and Lexington Leader. Older, out-of-print local newspapers are also available. All issues are keyword searchable. Visit this page for tutorials. 

The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. Created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries, the Portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources. 

Download the Libby reading app

Use Libby to borrow e-books, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. You can even read your borrowed e-books on a Kindle. Visit this page for more information

Search for books using our online catalog

Our online catalog offers real-time access to the books currently on our shelves. The catalog has a ton of features for our members, including the ability to log into your library account. Click here to learn more about the many features available through the catalog. 

Access the TexShare databases

All Giddings Public Library members have access to this database of more than 27,000 journals, more than 171,000 e-books, and more than 15 million images, videos, and interactive resources. También encontrarán recursos en Español. If you have a library card, just call or visit us, and we'll provide you the TexShare password. 

Study Texas history using the digital archive

The Texas Digital Archive manages, preserves, and facilitates access to the electronic records collections of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, including those transferred by state agencies or digitized by the State Archives. All records visible in this portal are unrestricted and available for public use.

Read free e-books on Project Gutenberg

Read more than 60,000 free e-books. Project Gutenberg focuses on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitize and proofread the e-books prior to making them available on the site

Listen to audiobooks on Librivox

Listen to more than 10,000 free audiobooks. Volunteers read books that are in the public domain and upload them to the LibriVox site