Alvin Centennial

Commemorating 100 years of service to the community.

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Humble Beginnings

The Alvin Library began as a project of the Athenaeum Study Club, hoping to give back to their community. People and businesses of Alvin campaigned and fundraised on its behalf. Thanks to their support, the Alvin Library officially opened March 24, 1923 in a room of the American Legion Hall. It was the first public library in Brazoria County, operated for 6 hours a week, and housed a collection of 635 books. Over the years, its collection expanded and it frequently moved locations. In 1929, the library took residence in a room of Alvin City Hall and remained there for over 30 years. It officially joined the Brazoria County Library System in July 1941. It became the first library branch in Brazoria County. By 1963, it outgrew its room in City Hall and the community rallied together to build a new branch building on Sealy Street. However, by the late 1980s the ever-growing city of Alvin found they needed a new building to keep up with demand. In August 1994, the Alvin Branch moved into its new home on the corner of Sealy and Gordon Street and has remained there since.

Fundraising from the Alvin Sun - 1923

Red Star Oil Stove Auction by Dodson Hardware Co.

Promotional Poem

Poem encouraging people to support the library

The Library Through the Years

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The Library Today

Today the Alvin Branch Library continues the Athenaeum’s vision of giving back to the community. It has overcome disasters such as floods and a 2010 fire. It sees over 50,000 visitors a year and houses over 30,000 items including books, magazines, movies, DVDs, and more. In the last 100 years, the Alvin Branch Library has seen countless changes and adaptions. It will continue to do so to meet the needs of its 17,000 patrons.