South Branch Library was opened in The Woodlands Information Center in 1976. In 1978 the South Branch Library on
Many Pines Street was completed. The Woodlands donated the site and a federal LSCA grant for $75,000 was obtained to
help fund the construction cost of the 5,500 square foot building.
In January, 1991, County Judge Alan Sadler appointed a citizens library task force to examine the needs for
library service in Montgomery County. In August, 1991, the Library Task Force gave its report to
Commissioners’ Court, recommending a bond election for $9.25 million to build a 50,000 sq. ft. Central
Library in Conroe, a 30,000 sq. ft. regional branch in The Woodlands, $100,000 toward a new Magnolia Branch,
$500,000 for new books for the system, and $750,000 for automation & computerization of the system. A bond
election for the Library system was held November 5, 1991, and $9.25 million was approved by a 63% vote.
In January, 1992, the South Branch Library burned to the ground as a result of arson. However, about $800,000 in
insurance money was made available as a result.
Ray Bailey Architects was recommended by the Oversight Committee and approved by Commissioners’ Court as the
Library architect in February, 1992. David Hennington was retained by the architect as the library consultant for the project.
In May, 1992, South Branch Library opened in temporary space of 10,000 sq. ft. in a former grocery store in
Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center in The Woodlands, primarily with thousands of donated books.
In July of 1992, an LSCA grant of $100,000 was approved by the State Library to help with the construction of
the new South Regional Branch.
On February 9, 1993, the official ground breaking for the new South Regional Library and Central Library were held.
On May 16, 1994, the old South Branch was closed so its contents could be moved to the new South Regional Library.
On June 13, 1994, the new South Regional Library opened to the public and the old Central Library closed for its
On September 10, 1994, the new South Regional Library celebrated its official grand opening.
Today, the South Regional Library is the busiest library in the system. The Library houses a collection of 121,531 items.
Statistics: During FY 2015, the South Regional Library circulated 481,857 items and increased to 76,817 cardholders.
Offered throughout the month - free of charge. Check Class Calendar for dates and more information.
Adult Book Clubs
Novel Ideas Book Club
Please join us in the Small Meeting Room every even-numbered month on the second Thursday for lively book discussion and refreshments. The book club will be held at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Please choose which session you would like to attend when you register. Registration starts at 10:00 AM the day after book club takes place.
**Seating is limited. Please register in advance for the upcoming book discussion.**
10 free copies of the upcoming book club selection will be raffled off during the two book club sessions. Registered participants that attend, are eligible for a chance to win one of these free copies.
If you have any questions or you would like to register, call 936-442-7727, ext. 6371.
Gumshoe Mystery Book Club
Please join us in the Small Meeting Room every odd-numbered month on the first Tuesday for lively mystery book discussion and refreshments. The book club will be held at 11:00 AM. Seating is limited and registration is required. If you have any questions or you would like to register, please call 936-442-7724, ext. 6371.
5 free copies of the upcoming book club selection will be raffled off during the book club meeting. Registered participants that attend, are eligible for a chance to win one of these free copies. There will also be a chance to register and receive a free copy starting at 10:00 AM the day after book club takes place.
Walking Book Club
The library's Walking Book Club is a new way to share your thoughts about the selected book, and it is held every odd-numbered month on the third Tuesday in the evening, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. We will meet at the meeting room in the lobby and walk down to the Waterway. Afterward, we will return to the library for refreshments and to wrap up our discussion.
Everyone walks at a different pace, so expect to break up into smaller groups during the walk. Each person will be given a few questions - by meeting new people, you will open up new discussion questions! Those earliest to register can win a paperback copy, so register today! Register through our online calendar.
Teen and Tween book clubs
It's Not Your Mother's Book Club
A monthly teen book club held September thru May for teens 13-17. It is devoted to good books, food, and
fun. The first 12 teens who sign up for the book club each month will receive a copy of that month’s book
selection. Meetings usually take place the third Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm. However, the date
and time may vary especially during holiday seasons. Please check the
online calendar for confirmation of the date and time of the meeting.
Teen Anime and Manga
Teens will discuss their favorite manga and get to see a selection of teen anime. Meetings usually take
place the second Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm. However, the date and time may vary especially during
holiday seasons. Please check the online calendar for confirmation of the date and time of the meeting.
Tween Book Club
At each meeting Tweens aged 9 through 12 will get to discuss that month’s book with each other, the Children’s Librarian, and the YA Librarian. Refreshments will be served. The first 15 tweens to sign up get a free copy of that month’s book. Sign up at the Children’s Desk.