The Castroville Public Library began operation in 1963, and was the first public library in Medina County. Credit for making a dream become a reality goes to the local Home Demonstration Club. From a very small beginning, a full service library is now available.
While book circulation is the most active service, magazines, videos and audio tapes are available. New computers equipped with CD-ROM drives and programs such as Microsoft Office 2007 are available for use. The computers are also on-line and linked to the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries for further research. As a member of the Alamo Area Library system, the library takes part in 3 regular rotating circuits which include the books on Tape, Spanish language and Large Print Materials. This system also allows them to "borrow" books, audio and video cassettes. There is also a genealogy section which consists of an extensive collection of information on Medina County residents. The Oral History Collection provides an invaluable source of unwritten history.
Tapes may be listened to anytime during regular library hours. Some of the tapes have been transcribed. Also included in available materials is a large collection on the past, present and future of Texas and Texans.
The original library, which had been in use for 25 years, became too small to meet present-day needs. In April 1985, the Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce purchased two lots from the Sisters of Divine Providence for a Library/Chamber of Commerce building. The Chamber of Commerce is currently located in one of the oldest homes in Castroville at 1115 Angelo Street.
The building was built with monies from donations and fund-raisers. The generosity of the area citizens and the Chamber of Commerce has been outstanding. Funding is still continuing for collection expansion. The library staff invites visitors to stop by the library at 802 London Street. The library can be contacted by calling 830-931-4095, fax 830-931-9050. A meeting room is available for local community groups. Please call ahead for policy and scheduling.