On Wednesday, March 14th from 9:00-11:00pm, all digital services that require a McAllen library card will be temporarily unavailable due to a server upgrade. Thank you for your patience.


Genealogy & Local History

Visit our genealogy and local history page for resources to help you in your research.


Personal Finance

Resources on personal finance, investing, and avoiding fraud and identity theft.



Visit our Statistics page for Texas, United States, and global statistics databases.


McAllen and Hidalgo County Quick Links

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»  McAllen Municipal Code

»  McAllen City Services

»  McAllen Chamber of Commerce

»  Hidalgo County Clerk's Office

Fast Facts

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Kelly Blue Book
Used car values.

Online phone number lookups for people and businesses, also a reverse phone number lookup feature.



TexShare Portal
Databases available through the Texas State Library that include the following: Academic, Literature, Business, Career Development, DIY Reference, Health, History, Genealogy, Legal, and Science.  
lock-orange In-library use, or contact reference desk for login info. (If any database in the portal asks for a library card number, you may enter the letter P and any 6 numbers.)

Portal to Texas History 
Digitized historical documents from around Texas. Check out McAllen Public Library's own collection of historical photographs.

Portal de Archivos Españoles (in Spanish)
Digitized records from the Spanish archives; a vital resource for Texas and Mexico historical research.

Internet Archive 
A digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts including text, audio and visual material, and computer software.

Search over three million archival material descriptions from thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. Some archival materials are available digitally on the contributor's individual website.

Legal Help

Gale Legal Forms
Large database of legal forms to download or print, and legal reference source.
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Texas Law Help
General legal information and how to find legal help in Texas.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
How to apply for free legal help in the Rio Grande Valley.


Weather Channel
Weather forecasts from the Weather Channel.

National Weather Service
Official weather forecasts and climate data from the National Weather Service

Health and Science

Health & Medicine

Affordable Care Act
Sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Your Texas Benefits
Apply online for benefits through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, including SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP, TANF, Medicare, and long-term care.

Get assistance with paying for prescription medications.

Medline Plus 
National Institutes of Health’s website. Information for the public about about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.

Health Finder
Information for the public about about diseases, conditions, and wellness from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Centers for Disease Control
News and health tips from the Centers for Disease Control.

Web MD
Provides health information and tools for managing health.

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook
A free online database for research on health, first aid, and other medical topics.

Health Library
From Johns Hopkins Medicine. Guide to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions from A to Z.

Government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.

Helps you achieve and maintain a high level of health, fitness and well-being.