Bowie Public Library

This system will be undergoing maintenance September 21st between 9:00AM and 12:00PM CDT.


The Bowie Public Library has existed since around 1920, started by the Thursday Club. The Thursday Club continued fundraising and volunteering into the 1960’s. By 1966, the first library board was organized and efforts to become state-accredited started.

In May of 1970, the state library agreed to issue $50,000 in matching funds to build a new library building. Marvin Shaw donated money for the building in memory of his late wife Faye Ruth Shaw, a former Bowie public school teacher. The new library was dedicated June 25th, 1972, as the Faye Ruth Shaw Memorial Library.


The Bowie Public Library's mission and goals are to meet the educational, cultural, informational, and recreational needs of the community in an inviting and comfortable environment. The library strives to acquire and preserve materials, present programs, and supply resources to meet these evolving needs. It is a privilege and honor to have the rich history of Bowie and Montague County preserved on The Portal to Texas History for all who seek this information.


Circulation Desk



Library Director
Bowie Public Library
301 Walnut St.


At a Glance

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Bowie Public Library, partner contributing to The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. accessed September 21, 2023.

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