In the winter of 1982, a young boy from a rural area in Travis County complained to Mayor Carole McClellan that he was unable to check books out non-resident of the Austin Public Library because he could not afford the non-resident user fee.
That little boy provided all the stimulus that southeast Travis County needed. Plans were organized to establish a public library, and by December 1982, the Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State.
Elroy Community Library started in 1983 under the direction of Sara Hilger. The library building, located at 13512 FM 812, was completed in 1988. As the area population grew, the Library Board realized a dream of forming the East Travis Gateway Library District in 2006.
To better serve the East Travis communities, the Garfield Community Library, at 5121 Albert Brown Dr., opened in June 2010. East Travis Gateway Library District benefits residents of communities in the Del Valle Independent School District, including Elroy, Creedmoor, Colton, Maha, Carl, Pilot Knob, Moore’s Crossing, Bluff Springs, Garfield, and Cedar Creek.