library

Library

The Speer Memorial Library’s 48,760 square foot facility holds more than 100,000 print, microform and audiovisual (videos, cassettes, music CDs, combined media kits, etc.) items, along with more than 100 current “paper” magazine and journal subscriptions and over 3,000 current and retrospective “online” full-text magazine and journal resources for the citizens of Mission to use.

The library has community rooms for meetings, more than 300 public access computers (including two computer labs with more than 40 units), a typewriter, slide projector, opaque projector, and both audio and video cassette players for use in the library.

Library collections include:

  • General Circulating material for adults, young adults and children
  • Adult, Young Adult, Children’s, Texas, and Spanish language Reference collections, i.e., almanacs, atlases, yearbooks, indexes, directories, encyclopedias, etc.
  • A Bilingual book collection
  • A Genealogy collection
  • Adult and Children Audiovisual (videos, cassettes, music CDs, etc.) collection
  • Adult and Children’s Magazine collections.

Check the availability of a specific book or material.

Computer Catalogs:

Web Cat: the TLC catalog, which provides true subject access to the library’s holdings, as well as the holdings of other Hidalgo County Public Libraries.

Reserving an item:

If an item cannot be located because it is already checked out, the library’s automated circulation system allows library personnel to easily place the item on reserve for your use when it returns.

Our most popular services include:

  • More than 300 Internet accessible public computers in the library
  • DIAS, our Dial-in Internet Access System, which allows patrons to dial-into the Internet via our library for up to 2 hours per 24-hour period
  • The Dial-a-Story (580-8714) phone, a “story-time” program for children
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation computers with programming for children and adults
  • A computer lab with over 40 computers
  • General reference and interlibrary loan assistance
  • Full-text computer accessible databases (EBSCO’s SIRS Researcher, Government Reporter, Renaissance, and Discovery resources as well as additional Internet accessible resources available through the Texas State Library)
  • Story Time
  • Summer Reading Club
  • Public computers with word processing software and a public typewriter for filling in forms
  • Public photocopier and microfiche/film viewer/printer
  • Rotating art exhibits and displays
  • Literacy programs
  • GED preparation and computer classes
  • Resources to help you learn the Spanish language
  • Income tax preparation assistance
  • New book displays located next to the circulation counter and in the children’s area.
  • Recommending items to be included in our holdings:

You may request that we consider purchasing a book or other library materials by giving the basic order information (author, title, date, source, price, etc.) with one of our staff. The request will be reviewed by the Materials Selector for that category of material or subject matter and will be considered for purchase along with other recommendations from the library staff.

The Friends of the Speer Memorial Library support library programs and services through their “book sales” table and other activities.

Rules for borrowing Library Materials

  • A driver’s license, Texas ID card, utility bill, checkbook with current mailing address or other acceptable form of identification is needed to verify your address before a library card will be issued.
  • Patrons under the age of 18 applying for a card must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must bring acceptable identification.
  • Your first library card is free.
  • Do not lend the card to anyone; you are responsible for items checked out on your card.
  • Notify the library immediately if you lose your library card or change your address.
  • A charge will be made to replace your card if it is lost or damaged.
  • Patrons must present their library card each time any library materials or equipment are checked out from the library.
  • Every patron’s record is checked before issuing a library card, or before any materials or equipment are checked out from the library.
  • All library material and equipment checked out must be returned on or before the specified due date, or overdue fines will be charged.
  • Fines for overdues, charges for lost, missing or damaged library material, and fees for other library services are expected to be paid promptly. When the total due to the library is in excess of $5, library circulation privileges will be suspended.
  • Parents or legal guardians of minor patrons are responsible for seeing that any fines, charges or fees incurred are cleared.
  • For lost or damaged items, patrons will be required to pay the replacement cost, plus a non-refundable handling charge.
  • The library has an outside bookdrop for the return of books only. All audiovisual equipment and materials checked out of the library must be returned to the Circulation Desk during library hours. Any audiovisual items returned to the outside bookdrop will result in a fee charged to the patron responsible for the item.
  • Failure (“neglect”) to return library material is a potential violation of the City of Mission Ordinance Number 1274, paragraph 1, 5-14-84.

Loan Period, Fine, and Fee Schedule

  • Circulating books, CDs & audio cassettes, filmstrips — 2 weeks, no limit, $0.05/day fine for late items up to $10, limit two renewals
  • Unprocessed Paperbacks — 2 weeks, no limit, $0.05/day fine for late items up to $2, limit two renewals
  • Video cassettes, DVDs & films — 3 days, limit 3, $0.50/day fine for late items up to $10, no renewals
  • Lost or missing material or material damaged beyond repair — Replacement cost plus $2.50 non-refundable handling fee
  • Damaged material that can be repaired for reuse in library — Actual repair cost in time and up to half the cost of materials
  • Replacement library cards — $2
  • Photocopies — $0.15/copy
  • Printouts from Microfilm Machine — $0.25/copy
  • Paper/Printouts (typewriter/computer) — $0.10/page
  • Color Printouts — $1/page
  • Fee to rewind video cassettes — $0.50/each
  • Fee to purchase Disk — $0.50/each
  • Fee for AV items returned in outside book drop — $0.50/each
  • Maximum overdue fine for library material or equipment is $2 for each unprocessed paperback and $10 for all other items.
  • Any authorized additions, deletions or changes to the loan period, fine, and fee schedule will be posted in the circulation section of the library.

Hidalgo County Library System (HCLS) Libraries (link)

The Speer Memorial Library card can be used at the following HCLS Libraries:

  • Alamo
  • Mercedes
  • Donna
  • Mission
  • Edinburg
  • Pharr
  • Elsa
  • San Juan
  • Hidalgo
  • Weslaco
  • La Joya


The Speer Memorial Library has an agreement with the Biblioteca Municipal de Reynosa No. 342, “Prof. Agapito Zepeda Uriegas,” in Reynosa. On special occassions, members of our library may obtain a letter of authorization for library services in Reynosa.

Note: Total fines accrued per individual will be limited to a maximum fine of $15 through the “same day” (or the last day if there is no “same day”) of the next month from the date of their “first” overdue notice. Patrons will need to bring their “first” overdue notice in for our staff to verify the date and calculate the fines due from items on the notice. Fines not cleared within this time period will be calculated according to our regular fine schedule.

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