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Mission Statement

The Mission of the East Travis Gateway Library District is to bring information, ideas, and people together to promote a love of reading, discovery, and connection, as well as to contribute to the creation of a stronger community.

Vision Statement

As the area's primary community meeting place, we aspire to meet the changing needs of our diverse and connected citizens.

Our Nine Values:

  1. We inspire curiosity.

  2. We deliver exceptional customer experiences.

  3. We initiate community conversations.

  4. We provide access to technology, digital services, and information.

  5. We cultivate collections of timely, in-demand materials.

  6. We listen.

  7. We ensure that our library is an integral part of its community.

  8. We embrace change

  9. We encourage creativity and adaptability.


Library History

In the winter of 1982, a young boy from a rural area in Travis County complained to Mayor Carole McClellan that he was unable to check books out at the Austin Public Library because he could not afford the non-resident user fee. That little boy provided all the stimulus that southeast Travis County needed. Plans were organized to establish a public library, and by December 1982, the Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State.

The Elroy Community Library opened in 1983 under the direction of Sara Hilgers. The library building was completed in 1988. As the area population grew, the Library Board realized a dream of forming the East Travis Gateway Library District in 2006. In order to better serve the East Travis communities, the Garfield Community Library opened in June 2010.

East Travis Gateway Library District benefits residents of the communities in the Del Valle area, including Elroy, Creedmoor, Colton, Maha, Carl, Pilot Knob, Moore’s Crossing, Bluff Springs, Garfield, and Cedar Creek.

ETGLD Policies & Procedures

Click here. You will need to have Adobe Reader to download the PDF for the library’s policies and procedures.

Library Card Application

The following form is an application for a library card. You may print and fill out the form at home and then bring the form along with a photo ID to the library to receive your library card. You can also grab the form at the library or fill out an online application.

Card Renewal

Library cards are issued for a two-year period.

  1. To renew a card, all debts must be paid in full.

  2. Children’s cards will be renewed without having a parent or guardian sign again.

  3. Adults must verify registration information (Physical address, email address, and phone number)


Replacement Cards

Library cardholders are encouraged to keep their Library card secure. Should a Library card become lost or stolen, it is the responsibility of the cardholder to notify the Library immediately. There is a $2 charge for replacement cards.

Patron Responsibilities

All ETGLD cardholders agree to comply with library rules and regulations and make good on any loss or damage to books incurred by the cardholder. Guardians of juveniles who signed for a child’s card assume responsibility for the child’s card. Cardholders may not avoid responsibility for overdue fines and other incurred fees or costs by using another family member’s card. Habitual or severe abuse of library policies, non-payment of fees, and other abuses may result in the denial of library services, as determined by the library director.

Circulation Guidelines

Loan Periods: 

Member patrons may check out up to 50 items for up to two (2) weeks.  All materials automatically renew for two (2) more weeks and then are due to be returned to one of our libraries. If you wish to keep a material out for a longer amount of time, please bring it back to one of the libraries and allow a staff member there to check it in. If it is not on reserve for another patron, you may check it out again.

To Reserve Books:  

Call the Library to reserve your book OR go onto our Catalog and reserve.  

Fines and Late Fees: 

The ETGLD is fine-free. 

Lost material:  Cost of material plus $3.00 fee​

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