About the Library

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Midland County Public Library Mission

The mission of the Midland County Libraries is to efficiently provide citizens excellent and innovative services with integrity, respect, compassion, diligence, accountability and trust.

Midland County Public Library vision

Midland County Public Libraries envision a center of learning and literacy, empowering the community to explore, connect, and create.

History

Midland's first library was organized and purchased by local women's organizations that joined to form the Midland Library Association. For a total of $1,675 the Association had the library constructed on the corner of West Wall and Colorado streets, and once built, the members rotated duties as librarian each week. Since then, the library has come under the operation of the Midland County government, has moved to the courthouse basement and finally to its longstanding 301 W Missouri building, and has expanded to include the Centennial Library branch. 

The library system officially went fine-less in 2014, pursuing its mission to provide a center of learning and literacy for the Midland County community and allowing its patrons to take part in library programs and materials without a financial burden attached. By the time the central Downtown Library completed its second major remodeling, the libraries had over 43,000 cardholders; 1,300 hours of volunteer contributions; and over 270,000 items in the entire collection. The Midland County Public Libraries take pride in their service, and in return their services and leadership have earned several awards from and recognition by the Texas Library Association, the American Library Association, and local organizations like Keep Midland Beautiful and the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

Services & Programs

The Midland County Public Libraries offer a variety of services to the Midland community and its surrounding service areas. Each physical location offers printing, scanning, copying, and faxing services; computer and internet access; study and meeting rooms; educational and community programs; and more.

The Youth Services department, staffed with skilled and friendly librarians and clerks, offer youth aged 0-19 programs and clubs to both promote literacy and provide genuine community fun. Parents and caregivers can bring their babies aged 0-2 to Lapsit Storytimes and toddlers aged 3-6 to Toddler Storytimes, where staff engage them in singing, finger plays, motor skill exercises, and interactive picture books with fun activities. Tweens and teens have options of Writing Club, Manga and Anime Club, and participating on the Teen Advisory Board!

Adults are far from left out. The Adult Services staff offer many visiting informative speakers, fun arts and crafts programs, and book clubs to enjoy all week long, all year round. In addition, the Downtown and Centennial libraries host exhibits and events throughout the year, open and free to the public, and every summer is the national Summer Reading Program filled with events, activities, prizes, and performances for the whole family to enjoy.