About Us


Who We Are

Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library is a valuable resource for the residents of Alamo and Hidalgo County.  We offer a variety of resources that range from children's books to E-Books.  The children's department has daily activities Monday - Thursday and Saturdays for children to enjoy. We recommend that you visit our website monthly as well as our Facebook page weekly to stay up to date on what is going on in your library. We would love for you to join us!


Mission Statement


The mission of Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library is to provide up to date materials and be a link to a world of information in a variety of formats to educate, inspire and entertain.

To provide a welcoming environment that promotes lifelong learning.


Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa

Fernando de la Rosa was born on June 21, 1985, in McAllen, Texas. Fernando, was known as “Nando,” to both the De La Rosa clan and the Reyes clan of Alamo, Texas. Nando grew up as a cheerful child. He loved to play sports such as baseball and flag football. Nando was good at playing these sports and was very competitive. Nando also enjoyed other things beside sports. He loved to go the park with his parents and his brothers. But one of his favorite things to do was to go to the beach. When he became a young man, he discovered that he liked to attend parties and dances where he enjoyed charming the young ladies. Nando attended the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial High School where he began to dream of joining the military. Nando joined the High School J.R.O.T.C. program and one could see that he was very proud to wear his uniform. When he graduated, he enlisted into the United States Army to serve his country and become all that he could be. Just as the slogan states “Be All That You Can Be.” After his basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia, the army sent him to Germany. While stationed in Germany,Fernando met Karen, his wife, and they had two children. The oldest is named Fernando Jr. and the youngest is named Juan Carlos. Fernando Jr. resembles Nando as a child. At this time Fernando received orders that he was going to Iraq where he served two tours. After his second tour Fernando was then assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington where he moved with his family. On one of his military leaves, Nando and his family visited his hometown of Alamo. Both the De La Rosa and Reyes families received them with love and respect. The Mayor of Alamo, Texas, Mr. Rudy Villarreal, proclaimed June 4th as “Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Day.” That made his homecoming celebration day very special. After his brief visit in Alamo, Nando and his family then returned to Ft. Lewis where he decided that if he was called again to serve another tour, Fernando would not hesitate to go. He then received orders to deploy to the country of Afghanistan. 

On October 27, 2009, Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Sr. made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and family. Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Sr. and his fellow soldiers were killed in a road side bomb.

“Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Sr. and his men are gone but will never be forgotten. He and his men will always be remembered as Heroes”.

Library Services & Policies

Library Card Information

Participating Hidalgo County Public Libraries

Library Card Information

Library cards are FREE. They may be used at al participating Hidalgo County Public Libraries; therefore, you only need one card!

If you do not have a Library Card from any of the above locations, come by the Library for an application!

All you need is an ID from the following list :

  • Texas Driver's License 
  • Texas Identification 
  • Other State Driver's License 
  • Other State Identification 
  • Passport 
  • College Identification 
  • Resident Alien Identification 

All IDs must have a picture and an identifying number! 

Children under 18 must have their parent or guardian sign for them.

Library Card Replacement:


You are responsible for items checked out on your card. There is a charge of $2.00 for replacement. 

Library Services

Participating Hidalgo County Public Libraries

Library Card Information

We offer a variety of services for our patrons including Computer use, Printing, Copies, Faxing, Study Rooms and Meeting Rooms

Computer use is valid for 1 hour within a 24 hour period. You must have your library card to login.

Printing is available for computers only.  Fee per page printed is .25 CENTS in either color or black/white.

Copy machine available for b/w copies only. Each copy is .10 CENTS EACH

Study rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.

Meeting rooms are available by reservation only.

Participating Hidalgo County Public Libraries

Participating Hidalgo County Public Libraries

Participating Hidalgo County Public Libraries

Sergeant Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library (Alamo)

Donna Public Library

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library (Mercedes)

Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library (Edinburg)

Elsa Public Library

Hidalgo Public Library

La Joya Public Library

Mayor Joe. V Sanchez Memorial Library (Weslaco)

McAllen Public Library

-Lark Branch

-Palmview Branch

Penitas Public Library

Pharr Memorial Library

San Juan Memorial Library

Speer Memorial Library (Mission)

Library Activity Times

Friends of The Library Book Store

Participating Hidalgo County Public Libraries

  • Daily Activities on Monday - Thursday from 5:30pm - 7pm in the children's room
  • Weekend Activities on Saturday's from 11am - 2pm

Friends of The Library Book Store

Friends of The Library Book Store

Friends of The Library Book Store


Monday - Thursday: 10:30am - 6pm

Friday: Open Upon Request

Saturday: 10:30am - 3:30pm


Hardcover: .25 Cents

Paperback: .10 Cents

Magazines: .05 Cents

CD's, DVD's. VHS: $1.00 

Contact Us

Get in Touch!

Sergeant Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library

416 North Tower Rd. Alamo Texas 78516

Office (956) 787-6160 Fax (956) 787-5154

We are currently closed to the public until further notice. Thank you and please stay safe and well.

Please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for any further information. Thank you and please stay safe and well during these challenging times. 

Our Partners


SFDLR Catalog


HCLS Partners