Library Services

Mission Statement

The Nicholson Memorial Library System of Garland, Texas provides free materials, services, programs, facilities and personal assistance to meet the recreational, cultural, educational and informational needs of Garland citizens.

Garland Libraries:

Garland has four libraries to serve the community: 

  • Central Library (Central)
  • North Garland Branch Library (North)
  • South Garland Branch Library (South)
  • Walnut Creek Branch Library (Walnut Creek)

Some resources and services are not available at all locations.

A current library card in good standing is required to use many library services, including:

  • materials checkout
  • public computers
  • online resources
  • borrowing an item through interlibrary loan

To obtain a library card, visit any Garland Library and present an unexpired Texas driver’s license or Texas State ID showing your current address.  A parent or legal guardian may apply on behalf of a child under the age of 18. For more information, call 972-205-2500.

Garland Libraries offer:

  1. Materials & Assistance
  2. Technology
  3. Programs & Events
  4. Designated Use Areas
  5. Friends of the Library

•    Professional librarians to assist you at all locations 

•    Tools to help you discover books and media, great authors, or subject areas that will interest you

•    Audiobooks in CD or downloadable format 

•    Newspapers and magazines in print and online

•    Dallas Morning News (1972- ); Garland Newspapers (1900-2000); and the New York Times (1854-2008) on microfilm (Central)

•    Specialized print and microform materials in genealogy, business, & law at the Central Library as well as online 

•    Study guides for popular tests in print and online

•    A variety of online resources to assist with homework, test prep, job search and resume tools, auto repair, genealogy and many more. 

•    A Virtual Reference Library giving patrons access to hundreds of reference books online

•    Interlibrary Loan Services for Garland residents in case the library does not own the item you need

•    Foreign Language materials in Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese

•    GISD textbooks for use in the library (Central)

•    City Council documents including the Annual Operating Budget and Capital Improvements program (Central)