About Us

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  1. The Library at City Hall
  2. The Library at Bauer Park
  3. The Library at Walnut Creek

The library has always been of great importance in Seguin. The first Seguin Library was located at the Municipal Building on North Camp. In 1930, during the Depression, Mayor Max Starcke gave permission to place a bookcase "in a city office for a lending library." The bookcase was a second-hand china cabinet with glass doors. The bookcase contained books from the Texas State Library for a "traveling library" that supplemented the gift of books that had been collected from townspeople.

The traveling library was loaned for a period of 2 or 3 weeks and consisted of approximately 25 books. At the end of the loan period, the books were boxed and shipped back to Austin, and another shipment of 25 books were sent to Seguin. After a few months, the china closet was disposed of and shelves were built to house the many books that were contributed. Mayor Max Starcke suggested that the City's "office force act as librarians."

Later on, when the new Municipal Building was being built a request was made that a room be set aside for the library. The facilities for the community's first library were as humble as the founding of Seguin. "The room was a 14 1/2 feet by 21-foot room in the Municipal building." Through funds available by the WPA, Mrs. Agnes Koch was employed as Librarian. Mrs. Koch was employed as a part-time employee who kept the library open from 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9 am to noon on Saturdays. In 1954, the collection consisted of 3,079 volumes. At least 98% of the collection had been donated by individuals and women's study clubs.