Attention: Your Waco-McLennan County Library locations are open with limited services and social distancing in place.

With the new face covering/mask requirements throughout the City of Waco, we would like to remind everyone that these must also be worn while visiting the Library.
Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas or a handkerchief. 

Click here for the latest information about the City's response to COVID-19.

Limited Hours

  • All Locations: Monday through Friday 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Curbside Pickup ends at 5:30 PM
  • All bookdrops are open 24/7
  • WiFi available within 150 ft. of each building from 7 AM – 11 PM
  • Questions? Call during open hours listed above or use the Ask A Librarian feature online.

Limited Services

  • Grab & Go: Browse and check out or pick up your holds in the library
  • Curbside Continues: see below for details
  • Computer Use by appointment only: 1 hour per person per day. No extensions. No exceptions. Fewer computers will be available therefore, time is limited.

Book online or call the library.

  • No public seating to slow the potential spread of the virus.
  • Meeting, conference and study rooms are closed to discourage social gatherings.
  • No toys or games in children’s areas.


  • In-person programming has been cancelled to avoid social gatherings.
  • Virtual programming is available here.
  • Summer Reading Club: There’s still time get prizes. More info here
  • Try our text message Scavenger Hunt by texting WMCLhunt to 254-237-2300 to get your first clue.

What We’re Doing to Keep You Safe

  • Plexi-shields installed at all public service desks
  • Face coverings worn by staff
  • Limited number of computers and no public seating to encourage social distancing and slow the spread of the virus
  • Quarantining all returns in accordance with American Library Association guidelines (requests for materials may be delayed as a result)
  • The Library is taking reasonable measures; however, staff is unable to comprehensively sanitize every single item that is checked out, handled in our libraries, or returned. 

Curbside Pickup: Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5:30 PM

Here's how it works:
1. Go online & place your hold. Choose where you want to pick it up.
2. You’ll get a text or email when your hold is ready. Call your pickup location when you get your text or email.

  • Central: 254-750-5943
  • East Waco: 254-750-8620
  • South Waco: 254-750-8621
  • West Waco: 254-750-3695

3. Drive to your pickup location.
4. Call us when you get here and have your Library Card ready.
5. Stay in your car and we’ll bring your holds to the pickup table*. You can pick them up from the table and be reading in no time!
*The pickup table allows us to maintain the recommended social distancing practices. If you are using public transportation or on foot, just wait at the table for your items.


When and where do we return books and other items?
You can return material to any book drop. If your items are eligible to renew, you can do that online to have some extra time. No fines were accrued during the closure, but please return items in a timely manner to avoid fines in the future and keep the books moving.

Where can I find more info about this reopening?
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we'll be posting updates as we have them.

What Library services are available online?

  • Ebooks and eAudiobooks are available as usual through the CloudLibrary app.
  • Print from home and pick up at the Library: Click here
  • Our Ask A Librarian service is still available through our catalog.
  • Many of our online reference databases are available for home use and will continue to be.
  • You can also renew, place holds and check your account online anytime.
  • Also, check out our online Summer Reading Club events. 
  • To find out about donating local history resources, click here.