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Branch Details & Services

About this Branch


Stratford Branch Library has long been a resource for Highlands area businesses. It provides internet access, printing, scanning, faxing services, and one-on-one computer help. We host programs for all ages in the library and offer programs outside the library including pop-up libraries and rotating collections of books for checkout.


The first public library in the area was formed in 1927 and was located in a storefront. Shortly thereafter, it moved to a building it shared with the post office until 1936. The Highlands’ Garden Club then raised funds for a new building. Mr. Harry K. Johnson, who also provided the land on San Jacinto St., matched these funds. The first freestanding Highlands Library opened on San Jacinto St. in 1937 with 375 square feet. The original building still stands and now serves as the Chamber of Commerce.

In 1966, Anna Stratford donated a parcel of land that was little more than a field. This became Stratford Park and the new location for a 1,200 square foot building for the Highlands Library. This library is named in her honor. It opened in 1966. In 1986, a renovation added 1,500 square feet.

Available Equipment

  • CAC Reader (Common Access Card for U.S. Military)
  • Kurzweil Equipment for the visually impaired with Scanner
  • Photocopier(s)
  • Print Station(s)
  • Scanner(s)
  • USB Card Reader(s) (MicroSD, SD, etc.).

Special Services

  • Proctoring for Distance Learning Exams


  • Family Play Area
  • Internet Café

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Stratford Library collect donations and operate an ongoing book sale to help raise funds to support the library's needs. To contact the Friends of the Stratford Library: 


Proctoring is provided free of charge on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at (832) 927-5400 or for more information and to make an appointment.

Branch Statistics

  • Opened: 1966
  • Square footage: 2,700
  • Staff: 5
  • Parking: 27 standard spaces and 2 handicapped spaces
  • Public access computers: 15
  • Holdings: 20,241
  • Yearly Circulation: 38,915
  • Yearly visitors: 27,033
  • Programs presented: 446
  • Yearly program attendance: 8,435
  • Reference questions: 8,283

Meet the Branch Manager

Branch Manager Stratford Library

Hi, I’m Mandy Sheffield, Branch Manager at the Stratford Library in Highlands. I love helping people find the information they need. At the Stratford Library, we enjoy working together to provide the community with an inviting community space to access information and resources. There is a lot going on at the library. We hope you visit us soon. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email or call 832-927-5400.