Reference Services

Allen Public Library offers a variety of reference materials and services.
  • City directory
  • Group study rooms available free of charge for studying, tutoring, or related activities. Rooms are used often so a reservation is encouraged.
  • Instruction on the use of the library catalog, materials and equipment
  • Interlibrary loan allows library patrons to request a book or journal article not available at Allen Public Library (it can take approximately four weeks to fill a request) Due to high demand, this service is limited to Collin County residents. *Note*  This service is not currently available due to the library being closed until further notice.
  • Tours of the Children's Area for schools, clubs, or groups
  • Purchase Suggestion Form where Library users can suggest items for the Library collection
  • Reader's advisory at all reference desks or use Next Reads to get personalized recommendations through email

Other Services