Our El Campo Location

The El Campo Branch Library is a diverse cultural facility with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The Library offers programs and bi-lingual (English-Spanish) collections for all ages.

The Library has two (2) meeting rooms available for anyone to use. The Texana Room with historical material collected from all over the county and Mayor’s Room for Adult and Children’s Programs. The El Campo Branch also offers …. Study Rooms.

Other services such as The Texas Legal Help Clinic, Veteran’s Officer, Medicare Counselor, and Notary service are available.

El Campo Library is truly a multi-generational facility.


Meet Our team

Our El Campo Branch location team consists of the Branch Manager, Reference Librarian, Children’s Librarian, two Circulation Librarians along with one part-time librarians who is our best helper with shelving the collection.

Brigitte Vaughan – Manager of the El Campo Branch

Hello everyone: my name is Brigitte Vaughan and I am the Manager of the El Campo Branch Library of the Wharton County Library System.

Prior to becoming a Manager of the El Campo Branch, I worked as a Bookkeeper/Circulation librarian at the Main Library in Wharton where I got my start as a librarian in 2013. I was promoted to the position of a Manager in 2018 and just love being here. Working at the Library can be very rewarding; seeing the delight of patrons when you help them finding a book they want to read, or providing them with the information they need.

Having lived in Nicaragua for several years, I speak fluent Spanish and enjoy making our Spanish speaking patrons feel more comfortable by answering their questions about the Library and helping them find the resources we offer. The staff here is one of the best. Their knowledge of the community needs makes us a success.

Stop by the Library in El Campo or give us a call; we are very happy to help you!


Annette Balcar – Children’s Librarian, El Campo Branch

My name is Annette Balcar. I was born and raised in El Campo, Texas. I am a proud graduate of St. Philip Catholic School, El Campo High School, and Wharton County Junior College.

For over thirty and plus years I have been the Children’s Librarian at the El Campo Branch Library. My greatest joy is finding the right book for each child and encouraging them to expand their mind by reading. My duties include planning and executing children’s educational programs, and purchasing and updating children’s collection. I really enjoy planning our Summer Reading Program with special events, performers, crafts, and special young adult programs during the months of June and July. I also work with the schools and their teachers to promote literacy in our community. Community service plays a large part of my life. I love to answer children’s questions and help them find information for their homework assignments. No question is too big or too small!


Renee Harrell – Reference Librarian, El Campo Branch

My name is Renee Harrell and I am the Reference Librarian at the Wharton county library system El Campo Branch. I have been with the county and in this position for almost three years. My duties include recommending, interpreting, evaluating, and/or use of informational resources to help patrons with their specific needs. These requests often occur in person over the phone or email. My position is most interesting to me because I not only interpret, recommend or use informational resources, I also have a listening ear. It is not surprisingly new news but being born and raised here in El Campo and being in such a small community everyone knows everyone. We are like family. I have an interest in people and their stories. I have a curiosity about everything I encounter. I love my patrons and I get the most enjoyment out of my job from our patrons by not just assisting them with their needs, but successfully “fulfilling” their needs. Nothing gives me more satisfaction then a patron leaving the library with exactly what they came in for and more. El Campo patrons are the reason I look forward to coming to work.

Donna Merta – Circulation Librarian, El Campo Branch

I have worked at the El Campo Branch Library for 23 plus years as a Circulation Librarian. This job brings joy to my heart. I love our patrons and feel like they are part of our extended family. Each day I come to work and get the opportunity to make a difference in how people see the world. Whether it is helping people find a book that shapes their future, assisting patrons with their computer needs or finding a book to enjoy just for enjoyment’s sake, I love seeing people succeed and be happy. I love the environment that I work in. My co-workers make this job special and so enjoyable. As a team, our patrons come first and matter to each of us. While technology is making reading so much more accessible, nothing replaces the feel of a real book in the hands of someone searching for new adventures. I am surrounded every day by adventures just waiting to be discovered.

Ruthie Buzek – Circulation Librarian, El Campo Branch

Hello! My name is Ruthie Buzek. I graduated from Texas State University in August 1977. A month later, I married and moved to El Campo – both were the best decisions I ever made! My husband and I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. My “story” has taken many twists and turns but my true happiness in the work world began when I joined the El Campo Branch Library 23 years ago as a Circulation Librarian. There are so many facets of this job that have evolved, from the creative outlet of planning and executing book displays to the joy of greeting patrons, who have also become dear friends. I work with the Library Memorial Program, which has truly grown over the years. It is the perfect way to remember or honor your loved one in a permanent way with a monetary book contribution. The Library is my “happy place” and my favorite saying is “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours”. I hope it invites you to come enjoy the Library—You are always, ALWAYS welcome here!

Our Hours
of operation

Contact Us Today!
Monday: 9:30am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Friday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed


200 W. Church Street
El Campo, Texas 77437




Children's Programs:
Toddler Time (Ages 1-3)
Wednesdays 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Preschool Story time (Ages 3-5)
Tuesdays 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Special Services:
Texana Collection (local history)
Meeting Room
Study Rooms
Public Access Computers/Wi-Fi
Photocopier (.10 for b/w copy, .50 for color copy)