STERLING MUNICIPAL LIBRARY
Through the vision and guidance of citizens, a dynamic and caring staff committed to excellence, thoughtfully selected resources, and an inviting facility, Sterling Municipal Library will provide for lifelong learning, open access to information, and a rich and satisfying leisure life.
Public library service in Baytown has a long, rich history. The first library in the Baytown area was a branch of the Harris County Library. Ross S. Sterling, then President of Humble Oil and Refining Company, donated the land and the physical building, while Harris County funded the staff and materials for the library. This Goose Creek Library served residents until 1963. Municipally funded public library service commenced with the dedication of Sterling Municipal Library in 1963. The name honors Ross Sterling for his vision and commitment to the printed word.
Two subsequent bond programs, in 1975 and 1995, expanded the library to its current 50,500 square feet. The collection totals nearly 175,000 items. Annual circulation exceeds 700,000 items. An array of traditional and automated services are available to borrowers free of charge. There is no residency requirement for a borrower's card.