The mission of the Midland County Public Libraries is to efficiently provide citizens excellent and innovative services with integrity, respect, compassion, diligence, accountability and trust.
Midland County Public Library vision
Midland County Public Libraries envision a center of learning and literacy, empowering the community to explore, connect, and create.
Midland's first library was organized and purchased by local women's organizations that joined to form the Midland Library Association. For a total of $1,675 the Association had the library constructed on the corner of West Wall and Colorado streets, and once built, the members rotated duties as librarian each week. Since then, the library has come under the operation of the Midland County government, has moved to the courthouse basement and finally to its longstanding 301 W Missouri building, and has expanded to include the Centennial Library branch.
The library system officially went fine-less in 2014, pursuing its mission to provide a center of learning and literacy for the Midland County community and allowing its patrons to take part in library programs and materials without a financial burden attached. By the time the central Downtown Library completed its second major remodeling, the libraries had over 43,000 cardholders; 1,300 hours of volunteer contributions; and over 270,000 items in the entire collection. The Midland County Public Libraries take pride in their service, and in return their services and leadership have earned several awards from and recognition by the Texas Library Association, the American Library Association, and local organizations like Keep Midland Beautiful and the Midland Reporter-Telegram.