Madison County Library Wayne Lafayette Parten Memorial Library

Madison County Library - Welcome!

Serving Madison County, Texas and Surrounding Areas Since April 1969

The Madison County Library is a Department of Madison County and is governed by the Judge and the Commissioners. Their contact information is available here:

The library will be closed on Monday, January  20 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. We will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.

Winter Storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers begins on Thursday, December 5 and runs through February 27. Join us every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for a 30 to 45 minute session of stories, songs, fingerplays, poems, rhymes, feltboard activities, movement activities, and  crafts. There will be a Christmas party on December 19 and a Valentine party on February 13. Registration is required. Please come by the library at 605 S. May or call 936-348-6118 for more information.

Pronunciator Language Learning  with over 80 languages is available for library patrons.  Simply  go to and log in to your library account in the top right hand corner.  Then click on the link for Pronunciator  under Electronic Resources and set up your account.  Once you have a Pronunciator account, you can access it from any computer or download the app to your phone.


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Wayne Lafayette Parten


J.R. Parten,1896-1992 (Second from left) donated the land and the building that is currently the Madison County Library. Photo: Truman Library Collection

Click here for a biography of Jubal Richard Parten

Jubal Richard (J.R.) Parten Texas Historical Marker Dedication at the Madison County Library on July 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Shown are Mr. Parten's family: Son, Randy Parten and wife Michelle; Grandson, John Austin Parten with his wife and children, Paige and Rhett.

The Madison County Library now has Ancestry Library Edition available for our patrons. It is accessible only from library computers. Let us help you get started on your family history search. Your ancestors left clues along the way: Immigration, Vital Records, Census, Family Histories, Court Records, Directories, Photos, and Military Records. Explore the history of you!


We now offer ABC Mouse for free in the library! Just look for the mouse icon on the desktop to begin.The award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use in this library! From Age of Learning, Inc.


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Storytime for babies and toddlers is at 10:00 am every Thursday. The 30 to 45 minute program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, games, and time to search for books and check out. Please see our calendar for dates and details.

B&W copies & printouts..........25 cents per side
Color copies & printouts..........50 cents per side
Church, school/student, community organization & bring your own paper.....10 cents per side (black & white only)
Double sided copies/printouts will now be 20 cents, 50 cents, and $1.00

FAX (send).......$1.00/page
FAX (receive)........50 cents/page

Interlibrary Loan Postage Fee (ILL) will be based on weight and fee will be determined when item arrives. ILLs will now be $2.50, $3.00, or $3.50
When postage fees are in excess of $7.00 for large or bulky items, patron will pay half of postage fee.

Postage for each overdue letter sent (50 cents) will be added to patron account

TexShare Database LogoTry these databases filled with magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, and other materials to help you discover more on any subject, from general interest to business, hobbies, and more.  Some of the resources available include Chilton Auto Manuals, Legal Forms,  Education and Testing, and videos and other how-to resources for hobbies and home projects! Please see your librarian for the password.