Open Access

Fort Worth Public Library (FWPL) now provides the community with expanded hours beyond the Library’s normal operating hours via Open Access, a model of service that allows customers to utilize library resources during morning, evening, and weekend hours that have not traditionally been accessible.



Open Access provides the following additional hours of operation  at select libraries. 

Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Monday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.; 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

On Fort Worth Public Library holidays, Open Access will not be available. 

Current locations

Northwest Library


Step 1.

Step 2.Who can use Open Access?

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Fort Worth Public Library card holder in good standing
  • Pre-registration is required. To register, complete the Open Access Customer Agreement below.
  • Customers that do not adhere to this agreement will have their eligibility to use Open Access revoked.

Customer Agreement

How to Use

To access the building:

  • You will need to scan your pre-registered, Open Access-enabled FWPL library card using the scanner at the designated entrance to unlock the door. It is important that you always have your library card with you; otherwise you will be unable to access the library.
  • If you opted in for Open Access and you misplaced your library card, please notify staff immediately to prevent unauthorized usage.
  • When the library is unstaffed, the Open Access system will control the facility’s lighting and alarms. The lighting system is activated by motion and may turn off if no movement is detected.  Moving around will signal the lights to turn on.  Security cameras are installed to ensure your safety and security.
  • Fire and emergency procedures will be displayed at the designated entrance.
  • Several announcements will be made prior to closing; you must leave the building when you hear the final closing announcement. At closing time, the computers and lights will turn off and the building alarm will set itself. 


Available Services

During Open Access hours these services are available:

  • Self-service checkout (borrow, return, and renew items)
  • Holds pick-up
  • Desktop computer access
  • Wi-fi access
  • Printer/copier services (coin machine accepts coins and $1/$5 bills; credit card not accepted)
  • Document scanning services
  • Restrooms

These library services are not available during Open Access:

  • Laptop/tablet lending
  • Interlibrary loans (ILL) pick-up
  • Hotspot lending
  • Music instrument lending
  • Video game console usage
  • Makerspace labs
  • 3D printing
  • Meeting room reservations