Welcome to the Waco-McLennan County Library!
As a Baylor Bear, MCC Highlander or TSTC Tornado all higher education students in Waco are welcome to use the resources and facilities of the Waco-McLennan County Public Library for their personal or academic use. You do not need to be a resident of Waco, McLennan County or even Texas to have a Waco library card. There is no charge to have a library card.
Getting Your Library Card
Prospective borrowers may complete an application for a free library card at any Waco-McLennan County Library. Applicants must present a photo ID and proof of residential address, such as a piece of fist class mail recently delivered to you. Your library card will be mailed to your local address.
Using Your Library Card
Library cards are needed to check out materials – including e-books, pay for printing, use the computers at the library and access databases outside of the library’s buildings. Your card may be used at any of the four Waco library locations. Library cardholders are responsible for all items checked-out on their card.
Loan Periods & Limits
All items with the exception of DVDs and Videos check out for 21 days. DVDs and Videos check out for 7 days with no renewal.
While the Waco library’s materials collection is not an academic one supporting curriculum programs like your campus libraries, many items in our collection may be of use to you in your studies. And other items we own are just plain fun for recreational reading, listening and viewing for whatever free time you may have!
Waco libraries own a wide variety of books; audiobooks; instructional videos, documentaries and feature films on DVD; large print books; magazines, newspapers and journals for children, teens and adults including Downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks. Some materials are limited to in-library use only. In addition to the general collections at all libraries, special collections include:
African American Collection
The African American experience is explored through a collection of over 5,000 Adult, Teen and Children’s books, DVDs and audio-recordings at the East Waco Library.
The West Waco Library & Genealogy Center is home to one of the finest genealogy collections in Texas. The collection contains over 15,000 print volumes and 5,000 reels of microfilm. Call 750-5945 for details.
Grants Resource Center
The Grants Resource Center at the Central Library provides materials to identify grant funding sources from private and public sources for non-profit organizations and is a cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. Call 254-750-5944 for details.
Spanish Language Materials
Spanish language collections are located at the Central and South Waco libraries.
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Take Note ...
While the library does not collect textbooks, you may be able to locate copies of other materials needed for your classes such as literary anthologies, subject area seminal works and for elementary and secondary education students, extensive children’s and teen literature collections.
All libraries offer Public Access Computers, Printing and WiFi in case your system crashes.
The Library participates in the One Book, One Waco community reading program, visit www.onebookonewaco.org for this year’s selection and programs.
Study Rooms are available for individual and group use at the Central, South and West libraries.
If you have a spouse and/or children, we invite them to use the library and participate in weekly storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers, summer reading clubs for all ages and special programs for children, teens and adults throughout the year.
The Friends of the Library’s Annual Book Sale each November is one of the largest in the Southwest with over 110,000 books for sale - most for $1.50 or less. This is a great place for education majors to build up a classroom library and Religion and Theology School students to start their professional libraries. The 2013 sale will be November 7-10 at the Extraco Events Center.
For book sale information visit, www.wacofriendsofthelibrary.org