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Bell Whittington Public Library: Best Small Library in America 2013-Finalist

Holiday Schedule
December 24th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
December 25th, Closed
December 26th, Closed
December 27th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
January 1st, Closed


The Bell/Whittington Public Library will be opening again on
Monday, December 22, 2014!


The library suffered water damage over the Thanksgiving holiday due to a water main break.  While there was no damage to the book collection, computers for the public and staff computers were all damaged beyond repair.  New sheet rock and carpet had to be installed in order for the library to remain safe for the public and it's employees.  The library is currently unable to offer computers for the public to use or DVD's to check out however free Wifi is still available along with check outs of books, music cd's, audiobooks and fax and copy services.  All overdues and fines are being waived due to the closure.  Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation during this time. 
 
                   
 
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BELL/WHITTINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, PORTLAND, TX

Bell Whittington Public Library
Serving a population of 15,099 in a satellite community near Corpus Christi, this library does an awful lot with the $29 per capita budget at its disposal. The judges noted innovative outreach that can easily be duplicated by other libraries, while judge Julie Hildebrand called it “amazing considering the size of their staff,” just three full-time, four part-time. The library’s recent record of programming with high attendance numbers and a strong focus on technology is well demonstrated by the “Seniors in Cyberspace” program held in partnership with senior centers and other community sites such as the local Dairy Queen restaurants. Attendance for the course reached 1,758, with evaluations showing 100 percent rate of achievement in signing up for new email addresses.
2013 Finalist National Medal for Museum and Library Service        

Winner Texas Library Association's "Libraries Change Communities" Award 2013

Our Mission:
  • We provide cost-effective quality service, programs and materials in a variety of formats in order to meet the educational, recreational and cultural needs of all the citizens of Portland and the surrounding communities
  • We provide exemplary customer service in a friendly, timely and efficient manner to all citizens equally.
  • We stimulate the awareness and use of libraries to promote individual enlightenment, community enrichment, and economic vitality throughout the city and work with other city organizations and entities to enhance existing services and develop new and innovative programs and services.
  • We are committed to inform, entertain, enrich, and to foster the self-learning process by facilitating access to our collections, services, and facilities to all members of the community.

We are dedicated to serving our patrons and providing excellence in customer service.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!  Please feel free to let us know what materials, services and programs you would like to see offered by the library.

The Bell/Whittington Library is located in the scenic Coastal Bend of Texas and serves the entire Coastal Bend area free of charge.  We provide many services, programs and opportunities in the community.  The library staff is dedicated to the free and open access of materials, programs and services.  Our motto: "Expect the unexpected.  Anticipate the exceptional."

Bell/Whittington Public Library

          
       

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2013 Best Small Library in America-Finalist

2400 Memorial Pkwy
Portland, TX 78374
Phone: (361) 777-0921
Fax: (361) 643-6411

RoseAleta Laurell
Director 
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Hours
Sunday - Closed

Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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