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United States Air Force
Library - Randolph AFB
5th Street East
Randolph AFB, TX 78150
Library programs differ by branch of service. You may have access to things like tutoring, educational courses, online programs and a variety of print and electronic materials. Hours, contact information and closings can be found here or by calling your installation’s library.
The Air Force Library Program provides an avenue for airmen and their families to continue their professional and self-developmental educational pursuits, as well as resources for productive use of leisure time. Libraries also procure mission-essential technical publications to support requirements of military personnel. Many online products, including downloadable audiobooks, eBooks and college-level practice tests, are available from installation library websites and on the Air Force Portal. Air Force libraries house a variety of print and audiovisual materials for checkout to eligible customers. They also offer customer-use computers with internet access, free of charge, and most have wireless internet capabilities. Many installation libraries conduct special programs, such as story hours and summer reading programs for children, as well as a variety of classes, author and book talks, and holiday and Air Force heritage events.
The Air Force Library Program consists of 91 libraries (73 general, seven academic and 11 scientific and technical), as well as 10 geographically separated library branches in Europe and eight learning resource centers in Southwest Asia. The Air Force Library Program also oversees procurement and distribution of educational and recreational materials to more than 150 remote sites and contingency operations in 40 countries around the globe. Air Force libraries serve more than 26.5 million customers, circulate 5.5 million items annually and house more than 5.6 million print, audio, video and online resources.
The Army General Library Program supports the quality of life and well-being of soldiers and their families by providing resources and programs to meet diverse needs. The Headquarters Library Program extends services to soldiers in remote areas through the distribution of paperback books and audiobooks. Fifty-eight main libraries and 15 branch libraries provide physical collections in all formats, which support professional reading, educational and recreational pursuits. An enterprise library system and online resources provide remote access to additional information regardless of where soldiers and family members are.
The Army's general libraries are key to the professional lives of soldiers. Collections in support of professional reading, pursuit of a college education, and preparation for retirement or transitioning from the military are provided at the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Library. Practice College Level Examination Preparation, or CLEP, and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, tests are available and in demand. Computers are also available for soldiers to use to complete required training or for personal educational pursuits.
The Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Library is the "community couch" with programming, quiet study spaces, meeting spaces and collaborative spaces. There is something for everyone. The staff at installation libraries offer programs such as book clubs, story times, game nights, movie nights, book displays, story walks, author readings and more. A themed summer reading program for children provides fun and activities for the entire family. Evening and weekends hours are available to accommodate busy schedules.
The Headquarters Library Program licenses online resources providing academic research, professional reading material, magazines, newspapers, eBooks, audiobooks and children's books that are available anywhere, anytime after registering at your local library. Online homework tutoring is provided 24/7 through Tutor.com for students K-12 on subjects such as writing, mathematics through calculus, science and history. Your Army Virtual Library also supports cultural awareness and overseas families with Mango Languages, an online foreign language program, and CultureGrams, a resource introducing soldiers and family members to new cultures. Visit your Army Virtual Library, log in at My Account and go to the eResources/Research tab for 24/7 access.
Your Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Library has books, DVDs, and magazines for checkout; a book-swap shelf; and an online library allowing registered users to download books, DVDs and magazines for tablets or smartphones. Users are encouraged to suggest specific titles if they are not available either on the shelf or in the online library. Special programs such as story time for young children and book clubs for school-age children, teens and adults are also ongoing.
Makerspaces are now available in many of the Army MWR libraries. These spaces offer children, young adults and adults the opportunity to explore, create, invent, collaborate with robots, sew, paint and enjoy other Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics, or STEAM, inspired resources and programs.