About

CARNEGIE HISTORY CENTER

111 S. Main St.
Bryan, TX 77803
(979) 209-5630
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HOURS

  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday – 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Wednesday – 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Thursday – 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Friday – 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – Closed

CLARA B. MOUNCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

201 E. 26th St.
Bryan, TX 77803
(979) 209-5600
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HOURS

  • Monday – 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Tuesday – 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Wednesday – 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Thursday – 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Friday – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday – 1:30 to 5:30 PM

LARRY J. RINGER LIBRARY

1818 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy. S.
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 764-3416
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HOURS

  • Monday – 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Tuesday – 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Wednesday – 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Thursday – 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Friday – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday – 1:30 to 5:30 PM

Our Mission

The Bryan+College Station Public Library System provides equal opportunity access to information, high quality book and multimedia materials, programs, exhibits, and online resources to meet the needs of a diverse community for lifelong learning, cultural enrichment and intellectual stimulation.

To fulfill its mission, the Library System employs a knowledgeable, well-trained staff committed to excellent service. It is also supported by the Library Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library.

Advisory Board

The Library Board consists of eight members.

Four members are appointed by the Bryan City Council, and four are appointed by the College Station City Council. Members are appointed for two-year terms. The Library System Director, Larry Koeninger, serves as an ex officio member.

The Board, serving as an advisory board, recommends to the city councils policies and programs for the advancement of the libraries and cooperates with all other public and private groups in advancing the best interests of the library system.

Meetings are held at 5:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. The location of the meeting rotates between the Clara B. Mounce Public Library, the Carnegie History Center, and the Larry J. Ringer Library.

NEXT MEETING:

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Clara B. Mounce Public Library (Bryan)

For more information, contact Library Director Larry Koeninger at (979) 209-5611.

The Board consists of the following members:

Bryan Members

  • Mary Jo Venuti
  • Terri Gilbert
  • Tracie Pierce
  • Richard Cortez, Sr.

College Station Members

  • Larry Ringer, President
  • Gary Ives
  • Diane Rektorik
  • Mary Fran Troy

Advisory Board Bylaws

MEMBERSHIP

The Board shall be comprised of eight members. Four members from Bryan shall be appointed by the Bryan City Council and four members from College Station shall be appointed by the College Station City Council. All terms will be two-year terms..

COMMUNITY LIBRARIAN

The Library System Director shall be an ex-officio member of the Board. The Library System Director, or the Director’s designee, shall attend all Board meetings.

DUTIES

The Advisory Board shall perform the following duties: encourage the development of the library system; recommend to the city councils policies and programs for the advancement of the libraries; cooperate with all other public and private groups in advancing the best interests of the library system; render to the city councils all recommendations it considers advisable regarding the library system.

OFFICERS

Officers of the Board shall be chosen at the second meeting of the year and shall be: president and vice-president. Officers shall serve for one year. The president shall preside at all meetings, appoint special committees as needed and authorize calls for any special meetings. The vice-president assumes the duties of president in the absence of the president.

COMMITTEES

Special committees may be appointed by the president. Such committees are to serve until the completion of the work for which they were appointed. All committees are expected to make a progress report at each Board meeting.

MEETINGS

The Board shall meet every other month beginning with January. The Library System Director shall provide a secretary to keep a permanent record of the meetings. The Board shall comply with the State of Texas Open Meeting Law and other laws of the State and the Cities of Bryan and College Station. Special meetings may be called by the president, or upon the request of four members, for the transaction of only that business stated in the call for the meeting. Notice of special meetings shall be sent at least four days in advance.

QUORUM

A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of five members of the Board.

AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Board when a quorum is present by a unanimous vote, providing the amendment was stated in the call for the meeting. When a unanimous vote is not obtained, the proposed amendment may be placed on a future agenda at which time a majority vote is required for passage.

  • Adopted: January 20, 1998
  • Amended: October 19, 2010
  • Amended: March 20, 2012
  • Corrected: May 18, 2012
  • Amended: April 27, 2016

History

Read “Library Services — Rich Past, Bright Future” by retired Community Librarian Clara B. Mounce.

TIMELINE

  • 1903 – Carnegie Library opens
  • 1969 – Bryan Public Library opens
  • 1979 – College Station starts giving Bryan money for books
  • 1984 – College Station citizens’ committee examines ways to provide library service to College Station and recommends opening a branch
  • 1986 – Interlocal agreement signed for Bryan to operate a branch library in College Station
  • 1987 – College Station branch opens in storefront location
  • 1989 – College Station citizens’ committee explores options for expansion, recommends building a library
  • 1995 – Bond issue passed to build College Station Public Library
  • 1995 – Bryan Public Library remodeled after fire
  • 1998 – College Station Public Library opens at current location
  • 1999 – Restoration of the Carnegie Library
  • 1999 – Carnegie Library renamed Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History
  • 2004 – College Station Public Library renamed Larry J. Ringer Library
  • 2008 – College Station voters approve expansion of Larry J. Ringer Library
  • 2010 – Bryan Public Library renamed Clara B. Mounce Public Library
  • 2010 – Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History renamed Carnegie History Center

Policies

Click here to view our policies page.

Donations

The Bryan + College Station Public Library accepts cash donations and donated items (books, audiobooks, magazines, videos). If you have any questions please give us a call or fill out our online contact form.

Cash donations may be made in honor or memory of an individual and are typically used to purchase books. Fill out a donation form to list the person and occasion, and you may specify a subject area for the books to be purchased with your donated funds. If you would like to donate cash for another purpose or have questions, please contact Library System Director Larry Koeninger at (979) 209-5611 or the Carnegie Librarian Nan Ross at (979) 209-5634.

Cash donations for eBooks may be made using the eBook form. If you would like for us to purchase a specific title, please list it on the form. Unfortunately, not all titles are available for us to purchase as eBooks. If the title you request is not available, you will be contacted for an alternative title.

Books, magazines, audiobooks, and videos are accepted at the Mounce Library in Bryan and the Ringer Library in College Station. Donations may be added to the libraries’ collections, placed in a Friends of the Library book sale, or placed on the free shelf. Donations should be in good condition.

If you would like to donate an item in memory of someone, please contact Library System Director Larry Koeninger at (979) 209-5611. We do not charge for placing a bookplate in a donated book, but the item must fit with our collection development policy in order to be accepted. If you are interested in donating anything to the Carnegie History Center, please speak with Carnegie Librarian Nan Ross at (979) 209-5634 to determine whether the Carnegie would be interested in the item.

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