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Tyrrell Historical Library Digital Collections

Research Basics

The Tyrrell Historical Library is a non-circulating reference library containing archival materials as well as out of print and rare books related to Beaumont, Texas, and the surrounding region. This includes genealogical resources such as books, newspaper microfilm, and online databases. Children must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone in the library. Smoking, food, and drink of any type are prohibited in the building.

Registration: When you visit the Tyrrell Historical Library please sign the register at the podium located near the front desk with your name, city of residence, and intended use of the library.

Personal Belongings: Before accessing any library or archival materials, please hand your bags to a clerk at the front desk so that they may be stored safely. This is to prevent theft of our unique historical materials. All cell phones must be silenced or turned off.

Internet Access: Internet is available free on-site at computers in the Tyrrell Historical Library, and wireless is also available. To use the computers on-site, residents of Beaumont will need a current Beaumont Public Library System card. Non-residents will need an internet card which can be obtained at any of the circulating library branches. Patrons using the internet for general use or restricted to one hour per day. The use of genealogical databases and genealogical internet sites can be used for an unlimited time, unless other patrons are waiting. If patrons bring their own personal computers, they have unlimited access to the web via the library's wireless network.

Finding Materials: Patrons can browse, use, and make copies of materials on-site. Materials can be found by the following means:

If you have trouble finding an item, please contact a member of the Tyrrell Historical Library staff and we will be happy to assist you with your research. Due to limited staff, however, please contact the library at least 48 hours in advance if you are interested in viewing archival materials on Saturdays.

Handling Materials: Please keep in mind that most of our items are unique or rare historical documents and books. Because of this, please abide by the following rules to help ensure these vital pieces of history last well into the future:

  1. Food and drinks are not allowed in the reading room.
  2. Personal belongings must be stored behind the staff desk.
  3. Use pencil only. Do not use ink pens or markers.
  4. Do not mark or erase on research materials.
  5. Do not write notes on top of materials, lean on them, or hold them in your lap.
  6. Do not photograph, videotape, or scan materials without making prior arrangements with staff. Fees apply.

Additional information regarding the handling and care of materials may be provided at the time of service. Patrons who fail to abide by these policies may be denied use of the collections. Theft and mutilation of documents are crimes that will be prosecuted by the appropriate law agency. Thank you for your care and cooperation in ensuring that Southeast Texas history is preserved for future generations.

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