Rosenberg LibraryRoenberg Library
2310 Sealy Street, Galveston, TX 77550-2220
(409) 763-8854
fax (409) 763-0275

Rosenberg Library ca. 1904
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John Augelli    Executive Director    (409) 763-8854   ext. 114
Lisa Jamail    Administrative Services Manager    (409) 763-8854   ext.121
Gretchen Schulz    Controller    (409) 763-8854   ext. 128

Henry Rosenberg
The Administration Office is responsible for the overall supervision of the Library, including human resource management, accounting, payroll, meeting room reservations, and maintenance of financial, personnel, statistical, and administrative records.

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Adult ServicesAdult Services

Idalia Avezuela    Adult and Acquisitions Services Manager    (409) 763-8854   ext. 137
Adult Services

Reference librarians are on hand to help library patrons find what they looking for, whether it be an ebook, reading recommendation or help with research. Books and audiobooks not owned by the Rosenberg Library can be borrowed from another library, free of charge, through Interlibrary Loan.

The department orders materials in all formats for adults and teens, including hundreds of magazines and newspapers. The physical collection includes classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction on a large range of subjects. There are movies, music, audiobooks, and sheet music available for checkout as well as an extensive collection of downloadable ebooks, e-audiobooks, videos and online databases that can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. There is also a self-serve photocopy machine in the department.

Special needs equipment include a text-to-speech machine and a low vision viewer for vision-impaired patrons. 

Rosenberg Library is headquarters of the Galveston County Library System. Its Extension Services, funded by the Galveston County Commissioners Court to serve all of Galveston County, delivers materials to homebound and institutionalized patrons who are unable to get to a library. They maintain depository collections of books and audiobooks in Galveston County nursing and retirement homes and other selected locations. Extension Services also provides Book-By-Mail service to homebound patrons  (contact Extension at (409) 763-8854 ext.136).

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Children's ServicesChildren's Services

Karen Stanley    Department Head    (409) 763-8854   ext. 119

(From left to right) Alena, Heather, and Karen make up the Children's Department librarians.
The family friendly Children’s Department is located on the 1st floor of the Rosenberg Library. The Children’s Department offers an amazing selection of materials and a wide assortment of scheduled programs. The Department has thirteen Windows 8 touch screen computers, a DVD media box with popular feature-films for families, a built-in puppet stage, and a custom designed interactive play ship named the R.L.S. Treasure Bound. The ship features manipulates for our youngest patrons that promote reading readiness by introducing pre-literacy skills. There are two professional children’s librarians and two library assistants on staff who provide free outreach programs to groups in the community and are pleased to offer suggestions regarding age appropriate materials.

To request an outreach program for a group, assistance with recommendations, a class visit to the library, or a puppet show please contact Karen Stanley or phone (409) 763-8854 ext. 119. Check with the department to see which free programs are currently being offered.

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Carolyn Williams    Department Head    (409) 763-8854   ext. 141

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The Circulation Department is responsible for the lending of all library materials. Library cards are issued by the department and are free to residents of Galveston, residents of the State of Texas, and property owners on Galveston Island. To obtain a card, you must present a picture I.D. card and verification of your current mailing address. Lost or destroyed cards will be replaced at a cost of $2.00. Notify the Library immediately if your library card is lost or stolen.

Rosenberg Library patrons are also eligible to apply for a TexShare Library card. A TexShare card grants the cardholder borrowing privileges at all 400+ TexShare libraries across the state. TexShare cards are issued for a period of twelve months. To qualify for this card, patrons must meet the following criteria: must be a member of the Rosenberg Library for at least six months and in good standing with the Library.

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Information TechnologyInformation Technology

Jay Sims    Computer Services Manager    (409) 763-8854   ext. 131
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The Information Technology (IT - Computer Services) Department is responsible for the administration of the Library's computer network, email services, websites, and the Computer Labs. The Computer Lab offers multiple computer workstations for Internet access, word processing, and other software. A Lab attendant is available for individual assistance with the use of the computers. Classes are offered in wifivarying computer topics to the public. The Lab also offers printing in both color and black and white for a small fee. Faxing capabilities are also available from the Lab for a fee.

Rosenberg Library is served by two high-speed internet lines for staff and public use, with free wireless access throughout the building. Our websites are hosted on in-house servers.

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Library AcquisitionsLibrary Acquisitions

Idalia Avezuela    Adult and Acquisitions Services Manager    (409) 763-8854   ext. 137

Library Acquisitions
The Acquisitions Department is responsible for purchasing, receiving and cataloging materials added to the library’s collections. This department maintains the information in the online catalog so that library patrons can locate materials and place holds on items that are on order or checked out.

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David Baines   Operations Chief    (409) 763-8854   ext. 170
Rosenberg Library
The Operations Department provides Rosenberg Library's maintenance, janitorial, and security services.

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Special CollectionsSpecial Collections

Peggy Dillard     Special Collections Manager    (409) 763-8854   ext. 117

Special Collections
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The Galveston and Texas History Center collects, preserves and organizes archival materials that document the history of Galveston and Texas. We focus on Galveston from the city’s incorporation in 1839 through the present. Our collection also relates to Texas from the Spanish period to the end of the Civil War.

The Rosenberg Library Museum maintains and exhibits an artifact collection and a fine art collection that emphasize the history of Galveston and the Republic of Texas. Permanent and alternating exhibits are displayed in the Lykes, Hutchings, and Harris Galleries on the fourth floor, and throughout the building. Admission is free.
For hours of operation, click here, and watch the library's home page for any temporary changes.