Genealogy Center

Genealogy Center - Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library COVID 19

Services Available by APPOINTMENT – library card required

Online Services

  • Access to digital resources (PDF) (e-books, e-newspapers, e-magazines, e-audio and databases)
  • Classes and programs for all ages (Calendar)
  • New library cards apply online, 2-3 days processing time - you will be contacted
General Services

  • Porch pickup of holds (instructions and times (PDF)) - all items 3 week checkout
  • Book Bundles – request in English, Spanish and Chinese for children and teens
  • External book drops for returns, 72 hour item quarantine, some account delay, no impact to borrowing privileges
  • Book a Librarian and telephone reference (email)
  • Donation drop off – loading dock during daylight hours
  • FAQ (PDF)
Genealogy Historic Downtown Plano Learn about historic downtown Plano

Haggard Library
(Basement Level)
2501 Coit Road


Service Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Genealogy Center - Virtual TourTake a virtual tour of the Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center at Plano Public Library features extensive document and image collections, and access to premium online resources like Ancestry Library Edition. Specialized staff is available to assist with local, national and international research, and year-round classes accommodate beginners to experienced researchers. All family histories are donated and new ones are welcome.

Collin County ImagesCollin County Images

Photographs, documents and other archive material representing people and places of Collin County Link

Our CollectionOur Collection

Genealogy research materials are available for all 50 states and other countries. materials include U. S. Federal census records for all states, military records, passenger lists, family histories, vertical file and map file

Genealogy Resources OnlineGenealogy Resources Online at Plano Public Library

The Genealogy Center provides links to over 40 genealogy related sites to aid you in your research Link A valid Plano Library card is required to access these databases from outside the library. Some databases are available in library only. Sites include: Ancestry Library Edition, fold3, HeritageQuest Online, HistoryGeo, Texas Digital Sanborn Maps Link

Partners and DonationsPartners and Donations

Our partners include Collin County Genealogical Society and Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries

Donations of unique materials relating to Collin County in written, audio, visual, and electronic formats are accepted. Contact Cheryl Smith: email or 972-769-4240

Monetary donations are appreciated and are used to expand and enhance our collection. Donation form

Virtual Courses

Watch our videos to learn more about conducting your genealogy research and visit our blog Plano Library Learns for posts about genealogy

Genealogy Introduction with Plano Public Library

Genealogy - Introduction

Learn the basics of common genealogical research tools and techniques
Class Handout (PDF)
Genealogy Papers in the Attic with Plano Public Library

Genealogy - Papers in the Attic

Learn how to preserve old documents and photos
Class Handout (PDF)
Genealogy U.S. Census Records with Plano Public Library

Genealogy - U. S. Census Records

Learn how to search the U.S. Census, 1790-1940, to find information about your ancestor
Class Handout (PDF)
Genealogy DNA 101 with Plano Public Library

Genealogy - DNA 101

How to get started with DNA research
Class Handout (PDF)
Genealogy DNA 201 with Plano Public Library

Genealogy - DNA 201

Broaden your understanding of genetic genealogy and how specific tests and methods could expand your research results
Genealogy - Scouting Military Records with Plano Public Library

Genealogy - Scouting Military Records

Learn databases, books and other sources for searching military records
Class Handout (PDF)
Genealogy - Road Map To Records with Plano Public Library

Genealogy - Road Map To Records

Tips and tricks to finding hidden genealogy records
Class Handout (PDF)
Genealogy - Obituaries, Society Columns and News

Genealogy - Obituaries, Society Columns and News

How to locate and use newspapers to find your family Class Handout (PDF)
Genealogy Create a Family Book with Plano Public Library

Genealogy - Create a Family Book

Create a Family Book is a three-part video series. At the end of each video, we’ve provided suggestions for challenges to get the whole family involved in the process

Part One: general tips for starting your family history book and what makes a well-written book

Part Two: different types of books you can create

Part Three: style, formatting and other technical tips and tricks to make your book look professional

For Resources referenced in the videos go to our blog Plano Library Learns