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Madison County Library Wayne Lafayette Parten Memorial Library

Madison County Library - Welcome!

Serving Madison County, Texas and Surrounding Areas Since April 1969

Regular HOURS
Monday -- Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed 1pm -- 2pm for lunch every day


Governor Abbott, TDEM Launch Call Center to Assist Texans with Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool

Visit to fill out the iStat online

The Madison County Library no longer maintains a Facebook Page

The Madison County Library is now a Family Search Affiliate Library. Visit the library and we can help you create a Family Search account and help you get started on researching your family history and creating a family tree. 

"Hundreds of FamilySearch affiliate libraries are helping extend FamilySearch’s services to millions of patrons worldwide. Although FamilySearch manages the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 5,000 family history centers throughout the world, it recognizes the invaluable need for library affiliates to help more patrons make personal family history connections. 

Affiliate libraries (whether public, special, or university) have access to FamilySearch’s digital genealogical collections that are otherwise accessible only through a FamilySearch family history center. FamilySearch also provides its affiliates with the latest tools and tips for genealogy reference librarians." 

Know the Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID 19) 

The CDC believes these symptoms appear in a few days after being exposed to someone with the disease or as long as 14 days after exposure:

 For some people the symptoms are like having a cold; for others they are quite severe or even life threatening. In either case, it is important to check with your healthcare provider and follow instructions about staying home or away from public spaces to prevent the spread of the virus.

Practice Basic Hygiene For Coronavirus Prevention 

Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds
Cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and throw the tissue away immediately
Use hand sanitizer
Sneeze or cough in the bend of your elbow
Do not share food or drinks
Avoid shaking hands or kissing for greetings

 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:


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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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.