Waco Libraries and librarians

I love libraries. They’re the “People’s University.” In colleges and universities they’re the only division that everybody trusts — they’re like Switzerland in the United Nations. Waco is blessed with a host of wonderful, helpful, resourceful librarians, and there is no way to name/list them all. But just as representative examples of the whole, let me give shout-outs to research librarians Sean Sutcliffe at Waco-McLennan County Library’s downtown location and Ethel Walton at Baylor’s Moody Memorial Library. — Bob Darden


Central Library

Central Library, our largest location, is located close to downtown Waco. It houses our Local History collection, Interlibrary Loan department, and administrative offices.

1717 Austin Avenue


East Waco Library

East Waco Library is a neighborhood-style branch with a separate computer room. It has ongoing displays of East Waco history, including bold window depictions of prominent African American Wacoans

901 Elm Avenue


South Waco Library

South Waco Library is a quiet light-filled space perfect for studying and focused work periods. We hold outdoor movies and active programs for all ages in its large green space.

2737 S. 18th Street


West Waco Library

West Waco Library and Genealogy Center is centrally located and has dedicated rooms for genealogical research, quiet reading, and children’s programs. It is also the drop-off location for book donations.

5301 Bosque Boulevard