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Montgomery County Memorial Library System - Central Library

MCMLS is a public library system with 1 Central Library and 6 branch libraries serving Montgomery County, TX. The Central Library is home to one of the largest Genealogy and Local History collections in the state of Texas.


Located near a major thoroughfare, the Central Library provides children’s programs, computer classes, free Internet access and information services to the community. During FY 2012 the Central Library circulated 332,857 items. The branch has a security guard on staff.

The Central Library also houses the system Administration offices, including the office of the Library Director, Acquisitions, Technical Services and Programming.

Adult Services Coordinator: Greg Tramel
Youth Services Coordinator: Laura Harper


  • 42 computers with Internet, Microsoft Office and Catalog access
  • 3 AWE Early Learning Computers
  • 2 print stations
  • 4 photocopiers
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • 3 study rooms
  • 1 self-checkout station
  • typewriter - coin operated $0.25 for 10 minutes
  • wireless Internet access - No password required. Printing is not available through wireless access.

Meeting Rooms - 1 large, 1 small

Study Rooms - 1 large, 2 small

Exhibits & Displays

Group Tours

Special collections

  • TEXSHARE online databases
  • Spanish language collection

Genealogy collection is one of the largest in Texas


2012 Statistics

Open since 1947
At current location since 1994
Square footage –  50,000 (Public services area 30,000)
Collection Size – 149,859
Circulation – 292,447
Cardholders – 40,828
Staff – 24.5

Library System Statistics

7 Branches
151 Employees
268 Public Internet PCs
2 million items circulated
398,290 patrons served
1948 - year founded
683,000 holdings (book, video, and audio formats combined)
3rd largest genealogical collection in a Texas Public Library


Vision Statement

To enrich lives by providing access to information, ideas, and interactions.


Mission Statement

In pursuing this mission, the MCMLS values

  • awareness of the needs of the citizens;
  • ease of access for all individuals;
  • diversity of peoples and cultures;
  • motivated, knowledgeable, and dedicated staff;
  • full utilization of print and non-print technology;
  • proactive environment that promotes partnering.
Tutoring / Test prep, Technology/Computers, Preschool, Reading / Story time, Hands-on, Arts and Crafts, Home Schooling