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George Memorial Main Library

George Memorial Library
Richmond, Texas

1001 Golfview Drive
Richmond, Tx 77469
281-342-4455
281-341-2688 FAX:Administration
281-341-2689 FAX:Adult Services
281-341-2669 TTY

Lorri Lessey
Branch Manager

Located in Richmond, Texas, at the corner of Golfview and FM 762 (Thompson Rd.)

HOURS
Mon - Thu
Fri, Sat
Sun

9 - 9
9 - 5
1 - 5

link to Monthly Calendar

Library Closings 2014

Date
Day
Jan 1
New Year's Day
Jan 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 18, 19, 20
Good Friday
May 9
Staff Development Day
May 25, 26
Memorial Day
Jul 4, 5, 6
Independence Day
Sept 1
Labor Day
Sept 26
Fair Day
Nov 11
Veterans' Day
Nov 27, 28, 29, 30
Thanksgiving
Dec 24*, 25, 26, 27, 28
Christmas

*All Fort Bend County Libraries closes at 5:00 pm

MAIN LIBRARY

George Memorial Library (GML), the main library in the system, has the largest collection of materials in the Fort Bend County Libraries system. GML has a particular focus on large-print books, parenting, Spanish-language books, teen materials, literacy materials, and text books from FBISD.

GML also houses the Genealogy and Local History Department on the second floor of the building; the department's resources focus on the southeastern United States and includes materials relating to the history of the South, federal censuses, genealogy, and the Civil War.


COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY

Computers for Public Use
Computers for public use are available at this branch by reservation or on a walk-in-basis.

Computer software available on these computers include:

Adult

Youth

Internet
Microsoft Office 2010
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
Research Databases
Visually ADA adapted computer
Spanish Interface Computer

Internet
Microsoft Office 2010
Educational Databases
Educational Software

WiFi Access
George Memorial Library provides free WiFi access to the public throughout the building. Contact the Adult Reference Department at George Memorial for more information and connection instructions to use your personal laptop at the library.

Printing and Scanning
Printing from the public access computers is accomplished through the use of network laser printers. You must use a library card to print.

Printer type

Payment type

Price (per page)

B&W
Color

Library card
Library card

B&W: 10¢
Color: $1.00

A flatbed scanner is available at this library for images and text.

Technology Classes
The staff of the Fort Bend County library system conducts free entry-level classes on computer software, on a variable basis. Examples include “Microsoft Word Survival Basics” and “Mouse Practice for Scaredy-cats.” Classes are not available at all library locations. For the current classes available, check under Computer/Tech type programs on the calendar.

Computer Lab
George Memorial Library houses a computer lab on the second floor, with 18 computers and an instructor's computer, as well as a large screen to show computer/Internet screens, video and satellite downlinks. When the lab is not being used for training purposes, it is open to the public. Patrons may reserve some of the computers at this branch.

Adaptive Technology
George Memorial Library has a Kurzweil computer that will read text aloud and a machine that will enlarge print for visually-challenged patrons.


PROGRAMS

Library Programs
George Memorial Library is committed to providing Adult and Youth educational, informational, and cultural programs for its patrons. For a list of programs, go to the library’s Calendar of Events.

Literacy and English as a Second Language
Literacy is important to community growth and an adaptable, diverse workforce. Partnering with the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, George Memorial Library provides facilities for persons wishing to learn to read or to learn English as a second language. Please call 281-341-2652 for more details.


MEETING AND STUDY ROOMS
Meeting Rooms Call 281-341-2603 to reserve.
Check our Meeting Room Policy
Main Meeting Room capacity: 125
Meeting Room 2B capacity: 50
Meeting Room 2C capacity: 10
Meeting Room 2D capacity: 16
Study Rooms:
7 study rooms are available on a walk-in basis
Capacity: 2-4 per room

OTHER EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

Photocopying Facilities
George Memorial Library has several black-and-white photocopiers available to the public.

Printer type

Payment type

Price (per page)

B&W
Color

Coin
Library card

Letter (8.5x11)
Coin: 15¢
Library card: 10¢

Legal (8.5x14)
Coin: 15¢
Library card: 10¢

Ledger (11x17)
Coin: 20 ¢
Library card: 15¢

Color (All sizes)
Coin: $1.00
Library card: $1.00

Fax Machine
This service is for sending faxes only; it will not receive.

U.S.A., Canada & Caribbean

International

$1.75 1st page
$1.00 ea. additional page

$4.95 1st page
$3.45 ea. additional page


CREDIT CARD ONLY
credit cards

Typewriter
Typewriter use is free at the George Memorial Library and is available on a walk-in basis.

Microfilm copies
The Genealogy and Local History Department at George Memorial Library has several microfilm reader/printers available to the public. Copies are 10¢ per page and payment is by coin.

Notary services
Notary Services are usually available to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Notary fees are $1.00 per signature.


HISTORY OF GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY
George Memorial Library is the central library of the Fort Bend County Libraries system, and houses the administrative offices for the entire system. This building opened in 1986, when the main library moved from its original location in Rosenberg, Texas, by Polly Ryon hospital. The new, 77,000-square-foot building, located on six acres, was funded by the George Foundation. The impressive building, which has become renowned throughout the county and beyond, both for its architecture and as the very-visible, primary symbol for the library system, was designed by Ronald Wedemeyer Associates, Ronald Wedemeyer, Design Architect.

Then County Judge Jodie E. Stavinoha, who worked closely with The George Foundation, was very instrumental in bringing the new building to fruition. Because the county had, at that time, no cultural arts center, the planners wanted the library building to include a gallery on the bottom level for exhibitions and an amphitheater for performing arts events, to provide the community with free, cultural arts programming opportunities. The plaza adjacent to the amphitheater has a fountain as a focal piece; in 1991, a water sculpture designed and created by local kinetic artist Jaroslav Belik was donated by former library director Lillian Stavinoha Humpola in memory of her late husband, Cyril Humpola. The amphitheater was named the Jodie E. Stavinoha Amphitheater for the judge in 1997, and the gallery was named the Bohachevsky Gallery, in honor of long-time county librarian Roman Bohachevsky, when he retired in 2000.

George Memorial Library opened in 1986 with unfinished areas, for future expansion. In the 1989 bond election, funds were included for that expansion, as well as for installation of an automation system. The automation conversion was accomplished in 1991, and in 1995, the partial expansion of George Memorial's second floor allowed for the relocation of the Audiovisual Department from the first floor to the second, the addition of the Distance Learning and Telecommunications Center, and inclusion of a conference room and several study rooms. The final expansion was completed in 2002, with the addition of two conference rooms, a new computer lab, and additional study and bookstack space. The biography collection was relocated from the first floor to second.


THE FRIENDS OF THE FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARY

The Friends of the Fort Bend County Library was the first group of library friends to be organized in the county, in 1972. Its goal was to support the entire library system with extra funds for things not provided for in the county budget. The group has an ongoing book sale in the library, as well as large, special sales twice a year. This organization has provided funding for trophies for the Summer Reading Club for many years, as well as funds for special programming for both children and adults. It is the primary sponsor of the annual Shakespeare-by-the-Book Festival, and has provided funding for library staff development and continuing education programs for many years. Among the many purchases made by the group for the library is the large Christmas tree that is decorated and put on display in the front lobby of George Memorial every year for the holiday season. For more information about the Friends of Fort Bend County Libraries, or to join the organization, call 281-341-2603.

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