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Ellis Memorial Library

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On April 21, 1981, the Port Aransas library was opened to the public and in September, 1981, became a member of the South Texas Library System. By 1995, the Library had out-grown its space in the City Hall complex. Land adjacent to City Hall was donated for a new libary building by Maude Ellis. Ground was broken on May 26, 1995. Once again, community volunteers helped the new director, Sue James, with preparations for the move. The name was changed to the William R. "Bill" Ellis Memorial Library, in honor of the former mayor and civic leader. The doors opened in January of 1996. The Ellis Memorial Library received a grant from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Foundation to digitize The South Jetty, Port Aransas' newspaper since 1971.

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Ellis Memorial Library
710 W. Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Phone: 361-749-4116
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