J.R. HUFFMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
The J.R. Huffman Public Library is
located in Hemphill, Sabine County,
Texas. The library opened its doors in
1994, and began as a grass-roots effort by
local residents and was started through
the generosity of Al and Pat Smith and the
The Dr. W.T. Arnold , Sr. Theater, is
a wonderful addition to the library
facility and is dedicated and named
after long-time resident, Dr. William
Thomas Arnold, Sr., who was the town
physician for many years. Dr. Arnold
died in 1937, and a generous donation
from his children supplemented the
funding for the theater.
The friendly staff of J.R. Huffman is
dedicated to meeting the educational
and informational needs of the
J.R. Huffman Library will issue a
library card to any Sabine County, San
Augustine County or Shelby County
resident with proof of residency and a
Texas drivers license or identification card.
A $5 donation for the card is appreciated.
Call the library for more details.
The library carries a large variety of
fiction books including popular novels,
paperbacks, westerns and mysteries
as well as non-fiction books on topics
ranging from A to Z. Large print books,
audio books, CDs and videos for both
children and adults, are also available.
Magazines and our local weekly
newspaper are available for in-house use.,
BORROWING & RETURNING
Books and audios may be checked out
for 14 days and videos for 7 days.
Patrons age 18 and over may check out
10 pieces of material, with a limit of
videos and 5 audios. An individual family
may only check out a total of videos and
5 audios at one time. To avoid late fees,
checked-out materials may be renewed
by calling the library at 409-787-4829.
FINES & FEES
Library materials not renewed or
returned by or on the due day will incur a
late fee. The fee for books and audios is
$.25 per day per item, and the fee for
videos is $1.00 per day. The maximum
fine will be limited to $5.00 per item. If an
item is lost or damaged, the
replacement fee will be charged. If the
item is found and returned with the
receipt issued by the library, a refund will
Some materials including reference
books, microfilm, magazines and
genealogy resources may not be
borrowed. Photocopies are available for
Library materials may be returned either
in the library or in the book drop located
in the parking lot.
COMPUTER CARD CATALOG
A computer card catalog is available for
patrons. Information can be looked up
either by author, title, keyword or subject.
Proctor services for exams are available
for a fee of $20. Please contact the
library director to set up an appointment
JUST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
J.R. Huffman Library has a charming
children’s area with easily identifiable
accelerated readers. This section includes
juvenile fiction and non-fiction as well as
special selections for the teen reader.
Additionally, Summer Reading Program is
held for K-4.
RESOURCE & EQUIPMENT
Computer terminals with filters are available
with special permission forms required for
patrons under the age of 18. Computers can
be used free of charge on a first-come, first-
served basis with a time limit of one hour
when someone is waiting. No personal ad
sites, game playing or downloading allowed.
Wi-Fi is available during library hours.
Additional library amenities are fax services,
typewriter, overhead projector, copier and
A PLACE TO MEET
A conference room which seats 24 is
available for rent. Please call the library
director at 409-787-4829 to reserve dates
and times. Rental fee is $25.
SUPPORT J.R. HUFFMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
J.R. Huffman Public Library operates
primarily through donations supplemented
by funds from the city and county. Cash
contributions are always welcomed. Book
donations can be made in honor or in
memory of an individual. Used books,
videos, audio books, DVDS and magazines
that are in good condition are gladly accepted
JaNelle Trexler, Director
Cynthia Beard, Clerk
2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Maurice Patterson, President
Bill Speights, Vice-President
Jimmy Tompkins, Treasurer
Mary Ann Tompkins, Secretary
Jason Huffman, Facilities
Margaret Huffman, Meeting Coordinator
Sherry Thibodeaux, Memorials
Janis Speights, Personnel
John Miller, Member
Art Thibodeaux, Member
The Friend of the Library is a volunteer that
offers support at various levels. Funds
raised through used book sales at the library
are given by our Friend (Sandy) for the
purchase of equipment, materials and books.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS
The Board of Directors meets on the first
Monday of each month at noon. The public
Columbia Shuttle Museum
The Patricia Huffman Smith Museum,
"Remembering Columbia", opened on Feb.
1, 2011. The museum was built to honor
both the seven astronauts who perished in
the Columbia shuttle tragedy as well as the
two forestry service men who died during the
recovery process. The museum is located
next door to the library, and phone number is