Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Library open?

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Where can I park?

Free parking is available behind the Rosenberg Library and across the street on Sealy Avenue at Ashton Villa.

Is there Wi-Fi?

Yes, patrons can connect to RL-Guest, no password required. Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the building.

Where is the Great Storm of 1900 Exhibit?

The Great Storm of 1900 is located on the 4th floor of Rosenberg Library. Access it from the 1st floor lobby elevator. The exhibit will be found to the left next to the Galveston and Texas History Center.

Local Author Acquisition and Event Guidelines

This guide outlines the process for local authors to submit original works for consideration of inclusion to the Library’s collections. “Local” in this case means the author is a full-time resident of the City of Galveston.

In addition to meeting the Library’s Selection Criteria, found in the Collection Policy, the publication must:

  • Be a work of Fiction or Nonfiction, be of local relevance, and be professionally proofread and edited.
  • Be available from the following distributors: Baker & Taylor or Brodart. Digital works must be available from Overdrive or Hoopla.
  • Be available in hardback format for physical works.
  • Have at least one positive review in a professional journal (Kirkus, New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, etc.).
  • Have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

Please complete the Local Author Request for Acquisition Form if the work meets the criteria above.

Due to time constraints and the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to meet with individual authors or to notify them of our decision. If an author’s book is added to the collection, it will appear in the library catalog within two (2) months.

All physical copies that are submitted to the library without following and meeting Local Author Acquisition guidelines will be considered donations and forwarded to the Rosenberg Friends of the Library for inclusion in their book sales. All sales benefit the library.

If the work successfully meets the Local Author Acquisition criteria, and the author would like to discuss a “Meet the Author” event, the author may reach out directly to the Adult Services Manager or Children’s Services Manager.

Local authors who do not meet these guidelines are invited to reserve a Library meeting room and host their own event.

Local Author Request for Acquisition Form

Looking for help? Guides and Resources on publishing a book.

A Guide to the Publishing Process

How to Self-Publish a Book

Literary Marketplace