The Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Library is Weslaco’s Library

Our Mission Statement

The library seeks to be a cultural, intellectual, technological, and social center for the people of Weslaco.

1948

The Library is First Established

The library was established in 1948, as part of the Civic Center Complex on Kansas Avenue. Originally, it was run by community volunteers. Mrs. Pearl C. Doss provided a seed grant of $8,000 for the library's collection in memory of her late husband, Porter Phelan Doss.

1966

First Library Building is Opened

The City of Weslaco provided funding for construction of the first facility dedicated solely to library services. The building now houses the Porter P. Doss Memorial Library. The first librarian, Frances Wyatt Isbell, was hired in 1971.

Early 1980s

Weslaco Votes to Support and Expand Library Services

The citizens of Weslaco approved a bond issue and federal funds of well over one million dollars for the construction of the present facility, which opened its doors to the public in January 1986. The new library was name the Weslaco Public Library.

1986

The Library is Renovated and Expands

The library facility is a two-story Spanish style building. The Library is joined to the Mayor Eugene A. Braught Memorial Theater by a courtyard featuring a water fountain and native plants. The Library was designed by Weslaco architect, Gene P. Hobart.

2010

The Original Library is Reopened as the Porter Doss Memorial Library Building

The library opens the renovated Porter Doss Memorial Library Building. The site of the original library is converted into a youth and adult education space.

2011

Weslaco Library is Renamed to the Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library

The city commission moved to change the name of the Weslaco Public Library to the Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library. Mayor Sanchez is a former mayor, historian, author and decorated veteran. Mayor Sanchez still lives in Weslaco.

2012

The Library Begins its Endeavor to Become a Technological Hub

Begun thru a bequest from Marion Booth, the Marion Booth Endowment is established. The Endowment sponsors projects which are new and innovative. The Endowment is administered thru the Library Board and the goal of the Endowment is provide long term funding for imaginative projects. Visit this link for more information.

2014

The library creates a plan to establish themselves as leaders in provision of technology access. Culminating in the addition of the largest local electronic book collection, 3D printing, elite WiFi service, and most recently, a redesigned webpage.

Year Established

1992

Book Count

80,000 physical books and 20,000 electronic books

Yearly Visits

300,000

Long Range Plan

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Administration and Staff

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Arnoldo Becho

Library Director

Martin J. Mata

Assistant Library Director

Maricarmen Garcia

Public Services Supervisor

Patti Avila

Secretary

Jesse Rodriguez

Senior Circulation Clerk

Elizabeth Razo

Senior Cataloger

Yolanda Alaniz

Coordinator of Volunteers

Angelina S. Almaguer

Reference Specialist

Leslie Viera

Reference Specialist

Debbie Salas

Cataloger

Miriam Paz

PT Circulation Clerk

Arlene Lara

PT Circulation Clerk

Klarissa Delgado

PT Circulation Clerk

Avanly Gonzalez

PT Library Clerk

Francisco Rivas

PT Library Clerk

The Library Board

The Weslaco Public Library Board is an advisory board established by city charter and works to assist librarians in steering the library in a direction most appropriate for the community. They are educators, philanthropist, neighbors, and friends.

Upcoming Agendas
Past Agendas
Library Long-Range Plan
Christine Warren

Chairwoman

Juan Hernandez

Vice-Chairman

Idolina Garcia

Board Member

George A. Lopez

Board Member

Paula Villanueva

Board Member