Informational Reference Desks

The Reference Department is made up of Reference, Periodicals, Genealogy, Texas/Texana, Online Databases, and Archival materials.

 Reference Librarian Mike Jones & his trained staff are prepared to help with your research needs.

Informational Services also offer Computer Labs, Faxing Services, Copy Machines, Printing Services, Microfiche/Microfilm. Reference and Texana material may be used, but not checked out.


IMG_5928The Reference Department is located on the first floor of the library. Along with reference books, the department offers an assortment of online databases to library users. All databases are accessible by signing in with your library card on the Library Online Catalog.




Databases include:

  • Basic Skills Courses with Spanish Instructions
  • Computer Assistance
  • GED Preparation
  • Grammar for Writing
  • Job Search & Workplace Skills
  • Practical math
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Recursos para Hispanohablantes
  • Resume & Interview Skills
  • Software Tutorials
  • U.S. Citizenship exam preparation
  • And so much more.


IMG_5950The Periodicals Department is located on the 2nd floor of the library.

In addition, patrons can make themselves comfortable for hours at a time looking through the many magazines, newspapers, microfiche and phone books that are available.

Genealogy & Archives can also be accessed in this area and our trained staff can assist you. Patrons can sign up to use one of the many computers located here or in the upstairs Computer Lab.


Request to look at items from the Archive Room at the Periodical Desk. Please have your Library Card with you.

High School Yearbooks, Phone Books,and Scrapbooks are chock full of Harlingen and Valley history and are available for your perusal.


Who’s up your family tree?

If you have a desire to know, come by the Genealogy Room and see what’s available to make your family history search easier.

Better yet, drop in on a Tip O’Texas Genealogy Society meeting here at HPL on the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.