MCMLS History

Montgomery County Library System continues to grow.

South Branch Temporary Location

South Branch Library opened in a temporary space of 10,000 sq. ft. in a former grocery store in Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center in The Woodlands, primarily with thousands of donated books.

Magnolia Ground Breaking

Ground breaking for the new facility in Magnolia.

Planning Task Force Convened

A Planning Task Force was convened to examine the current and future needs of the MCMLS and to recommend a master plan for the library system.

Humble Beginnings

The Library began as a collection of 1200 volumes housed in a Conroe School Recreation Center and operated by a women's group known as the HUB Club.

Library Official

The group appealed to the County to make the library a tax-supported function of County government.

First Library Branch

In 1948 the Library was taken over by the County and a budget of $25,000 provided. Katherine Ard was hired as its first librarian and a bookmobile was put into operation to serve outlying areas of the county

Library's First Move

In 1950 the Library was moved to a vacant automobile showroom on North Frazier.

Funds for Facility

A bond election was held for a new Library facility. $300,000 was approved.

Brand New Building

The new Library, located at 400 N. San Jacinto, was completed. It was 10,000 square feet.

Going Mobile

A second bookmobile was added.

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