Bulverde Area Rural Library District

In January 2000 a special election established the Bulverde Area Rural Library District in the western portion of Comal County, funded by a ½ % sales tax, per Texas Local Government Code 326, which established Library Districts. 

There is currently only one library in the District, the Mammen Family Public Library.  The Library District does not receive any property taxes and only benefits if you shop in the western portion of Comal County. 

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District (BARLD) is to promote literacy, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and support the arts, science and literary needs of our community.

Our vision is to provide access to valuable educational resources and learning opportunities, no matter what age or stage of life, in a safe and welcoming space.

BARLD Board Meeting

The BARLD Trustees meet monthly, normally on the 3nd Thursday of the month at 9:30am at the Mammen Family Public Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163.  

Meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted on this webpage and in the library 72 hours prior to the meeting.  The following meeting(s) are currently scheduled:

Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00am – Special meeting with library support organizations 

Thursday, June 16, 2022 9:30am – Regular meeting

If you need help, please call the library at 830.438.4864 during regular open hours. You will find current agendas and minutes posted on this page.  

BARLD Board of Trustees

Name Position Term
Donna Harris President 2020-2022
Dale Pillow Vice President 2020-2022
Debbie Neubauer Treasurer 2021-2023
Michele Grauerholz Secretary 2021-2023
Dr. Judith Fleming At Large 2020-2022

Contact the Board

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The Mammen Family Public Library Director is hired by the BARLD Trustees to manage the day to day operations of the library.  Here you will find monthly reports on those operations.

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December 2021

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The Board of Trustees are elected by the voters of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District every two years–three positions in even years, two positions in odd years at the November  uniform election date.

2021-2022 Texas Secretary of State Important Election Dates

Prospective candidates may sign up for a place on the BARLD election ballot between Saturday, July 17, 2021 and Monday, August 16, 2021, 5:00pm.   

The November 2 election has been cancelled.  Only two candidates applied and have been elected per election law as unopposed candidates for the 2022-2024 period:

Michele Grauerholz

Deborah Neubauer


BARLD Certification of Unopposed candidates

Notice of Deadline to file for a place on the ballot signed

Application for a place on the BARLD ballot English

Application for a place on the BARLD ballot Spanish

Internet Posting Requirements for Political Subdivisions

BARLD 2022-2023 Strategic plan

In 2016 the BARLD Trustees commissioned a 10 year Master Facilities plan and in 2018 initiated the first phase of the plan, expanding the existing facility.  The 2018-2019 expansion/renovation was funded through bonds from an interlocal agreement with Comal County and was complete in September 2019.

2016-2026 BARLD Master Facilities Plan