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E. M. Gilliam Memorial Public Library

Who We Are

The  E.M. Gilliam Memorial Library is located at 205 E. Beltline Road, Wilmer, Texas. The Gilliam Public Library provides free services to all residents living within the Wilmer city boundaries.

The library system holds over 16,000 materials including over 14,000 books, and 1,400 DVD's, videocassettes, compact discs, cassette tapes and books on cassette.

In total, over ten thousand items were checked out of the system during fiscal year 2009-2010!  In addition to these items, thousands of people entered the library to utilize print and electronic reference resources, access the Internet via five patron computers, receive or send faxes, make copies or attend one of the Library’s  events.

Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. Welcome to the E.M. Gilliam Memorial Public Library in Wilmer, Texas!

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Wilmer Public Library is to improve the quality of life for the residents of the City of Wilmer and residents of adjacent counties of Dallas and Ellis, which it serves. 

In keeping with this mission, the goals of the E.M. Gilliam Memorial Public Library are:

  • To serve the community as a center of reliable information.

  • To offer a broad and diverse range of resources to entertain and to enlighten.

  • To provide opportunity and encouragement for men, women, children, and young people to educate themselves continuously.

  • To demonstrate professional leadership in designing, developing, and managing library collections, systems, and services.

Our History

The Wilmer branchof the Dallas County Public Library, as it was known at the time, opened August 21, 1966, as a result of a collaboration between the Wilmer Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas County Library.  The Chamber members remodeled a service station owned by James A. Leftwich.  Located at the intersection of Dallas and Johnson Streets, the Wilmer Library opened with 555 books with Mrs. R. T. "Alice" Johnson serving as librarian from 1966 to 1973.  On March 1, 1969, the city purchased the Dillon Hardware Store at the corner of North Dallas Avenue and East Beltline Road, which is where the library is currently located. 

In honor of the late Elvis Maxine Gilliam, librarian from September 1973 to June 1979, the City of Wilmer passed a resolution on July 20, 1979, to rename the library the Elvis Maxine Gilliam Memorial Public Library. 

Through cooperation with the City of Wilmer, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Northeast Texas Library System, our collection has grown to more that 16,000 items and we currently serve over 1,800 patrons.   Our collection was automated in 2003 and our software has recently been updated to the Atrium program which provides an Online Patron Access Catalog (OPAC). Wherever there is internet access, patrons can search our collection, reserve and renew materials. The funds for the upgrade were provided by the Lone Star Libraries Grant Program.  Through grants, we have also received five computers for patrons to utilize as they search for jobs, check e-mails, work on homework or just play!