The mission of Big Bend Public Library is to provide a literary, cultural, and recreational space, free and open to the public, to preserve knowledge, inspire lifelong learning, enrich lives, and strengthen the communities it serves.
For many years, library services have been offered to the public through the school library at Terlingua Common School District. 
Residents and visitors alike have been very grateful for the library services TCSD has offered to the public, not only access to books, but also a quiet place to work, use the internet, and print/copy paperwork.
In late 2022, TCSD notified Brewster County officials that school district would no longer be able to allow the public any physical access to school facilities. 
Due to heightened security measures and regulations, the TCSD campus is closed to the public. The school is continuing to offer library materials (books, etc) to the public through their online catalogue with pick-up and drop-off at the school's office window.
In response to this sea-change, a group of volunteers with the Big Bend Citizens Alliance began to meet and discuss how to address the needs of the community. The group includes concerned citizens, parents, teachers, library volunteers from other communities, and others. 
The Alliance President, Joselyn Fenstermacher, and the TCSD Superintendent, Reagan Reed, presented to the Brewster County Commissioners Court and asked for changes to the current contract for public library services. 
After continued discussion with multiple county officials, the Alliance secured an allocation of the county's American Rescue Plan Act funds toward creating a new Public Library to serve the residents of South Brewster County. 
As we work together to create a plan for a South County Public Library, we need as much public input as possible! Which is why our volunteers have created a survey for all full and part time residents to share their thoughts and opinions. 
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