Items may be placed on reserve in person, by phone, or by e-mail.

Interlibrary Loan
Patrons may request books and articles from other libraries. Interlibrary Loan request forms are available at the circulation desk.


eBooks and audiobooks are available for checkout to current Ellis Memorial Library patrons through the South Texas Digital Libraries Consortium powered by Overdrive. Please contact a library staff member for a pin number to access this service.
Internet Access: Wired and Wireless
Internet access is available free of charge; patrons must sign an agreement to follow Internet Policy Guidelines. Patrons under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian signature.

Copy Machine
Self-service photocopying -- black & white: 15 cents per page, plus tax. Double-sided copies 30 cents per page, plus tax. Color: 50 cents per page, plus tax. Double-sided color copies $1.00 per page, plus tax.

Scan and e-mail documents at no charge.
Meeting Room
The JoAnne Kroll Meeting Room is available for activities of a civic, cultural, or educational nature and for the discussion of current public questions. Applications for use may be filled out at the library and must be approved by the Library Director prior to use.

Internet Usage Policy

I. Access to internet resources
  • The mission of the William R. "Bill" Ellis Memorial Library is to assemble, preserve, administer, and promote the use of library materials and services designed to meet the cultural, educational, informational, and recreational needs and interests of its community.
  • The Internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe. Currently, however, it is an unregulated medium. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, and/or illegal.
  • In introducing the Internet as an information resource, the Ellis Memorial Library's goal is to enhance its existing collection in size and depth and as a public access agency give opportunity to any citizen who wishes to participate in navigating the Internet in the Library.
  • The Library cannot successfully control or monitor the vast amount of material accessible from computers and networks via the Internet. Individual users must accept responsibility for determining content in the event the Library is unable to determine the suitability.
II. In-Library Access
  • The Library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected materials. The Library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children's use of Library materials and resources.
  • The Library will provide an Internet station. The user is the selector in using the Internet with individual choices and decisions.
III. Conditions and Terms of Use In the Library
  • In an effort to ensure that the use of this medium is consistent with the Mission of the Ellis Memorial Library the following regulations shall apply:
  • The designated Internet station will be located where they can be monitored by staff.
  • Library staff cannot control the availability of information links which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information.
  • Patrons of the Library who use the Internet station must sign a policy statement indicating the terms of access and the users responsibility. Prospective users will sign an Internet Use Contract. Youth under 18 years of age will be required to have parental or guardian permission to access the Internet. Parents or a legal guardian must sign a policy statement granting access for their child to use the Internet station. While the Library will make every effort to ensure that the use of the Internet is consistent with the Mission statement, parents are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting material that is consistent with personal and family values and boundaries. Important and helpful books dealing with child safety on the Internet are available.
  • The Library will establish procedures that will make the Internet station available on a first come, fist served appointment basis.
  • Internet use will be managed in a manner consistent with Guidelines For Using The Internet Access Computers policy which has been adopted by the Ellis Memorial Library Board and is posted in the Library.
  • Failure to use the Internet station appropriately and responsibly, as defined in the Internet Usage Policy may result in revocation of Internet use privileges.
IV. These rules are subject to change without notification.
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