About The Library

Library Catalog

Carthage Public Library patrons have access to our local collection as well as materials from other libraries in the Missouri Evergreen consortium. You can visit our catalog at carthage.missourievergreen.org to browse, request, and renew books.

Download Ebooks & Audiobooks

Have a tablet, phone, or Kindle? We offer Ebooks and Audiobooks from popular and classic authors through Missouri Libraries 2 Go at www.molib2go.org. Plus, you can read lots of additional titles in your web broswer through our EBSCO Ebook collection.

Public Access Computers

We offer Public Access Computers for adults, teens, and children. We also offer free WiFi throughout the building. Early learning computers, news, research, and genealogy databases, printing, scanning, faxes, and other services are also available.

Digital Resources

Doing research? We offer databases from EBSCO, genealogy info from Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library Edition, digital newspapers through Newsbank, and more. Most of our resources can be accessed off-site from home! Click here for a full list.

Heritage Quest

Featured Resource: Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest is a comprehensive database of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s. Please note: to access from home, you must click the link to Heritage Quest from our website and enter your library card number when prompted. If you are on-site at the library using the library's public computers or WiFi, you may be automatically be recognized with no card number necessary.

Library Card

How To Get A Library Card

The Basics

To get a library card at Carthage Public Library, bring a document (ID, bill, etc.) with your name and current address to the front desk. There is no charge for patrons who live within the city limits of Carthage. Patrons who live outside the city limits must pay a yearly non-resident fee of $20 dollars. This non-resident fee covers all members of a household living at a particular address for the span of one year. We also issue internet-only cards for computer users (no charge to sign up or proof of address needed), and temporary cards for visitors (with deposit.)


Like Free Movies?

Come check out our DVD collection!

We've got lots of DVDs for all ages - from Cars and Mater's Tall Tales to Sherlock and Justified! More added all the time; come check them out! DVDs are located upstairs near the reference area and check out for one week with no renewals.

Not just a bunch of Rod Stewart and Richard Marx anymore!

Like Free Music?

Come check out our revamped music CD collection!

We've rearranged and redone our music CD collection and we've added a ton of newer artists, with more to come! Music CDs are located upstairs near the reference area and check out for two weeks, just like a book.

News & Featured Events

Hora De Cuentos - Bilingual Storytime

Carthage Public Library    12 de Septiembre a 10 am

Hora de cuentos, lunes 09/12/2016 a 10 AM. Bilingual storytime returns on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10 AM.

Teens and Tweens Anime Night Returns

Carthage Public Library    September 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM

IN SEPTEMBER, ANIME NIGHT WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS! September 14 and September 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Join us for anime night! Teens and Pre-teens are watching anime, drawing anime, having snacks, and talking about current anime!

Programming Returns in September

Carthage Public Library    September 2016

Programming returns in September with our first Storytime session at 10 am on September 7, 2016. Check the calendar for more events!

Academic Adventures Nights

Carthage Public Library    September, 2016

We are inviting each of the Carthage Elementary Schools, and Carthage Middle School, to find adventures within the library! Each school has a designated evening to come by the library to renew (or get) library cards. There will be special activities for students, and PRIZES awarded! Check the calendar, bring your family, and explore what the library has to offer!

Upcoming Events

September 3, 2016 10 AM - Noon

PAWS with Virginia and Callie

Staff    Younger Kids   

PAWS for Reading is a program that allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog in the library and have fun! After all, a dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble. Virginia and her dog Callie will be here on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 10 am 'till noon.

September 5, 2016

Library Closed for Labor Day

Staff    Everyone   

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 for Labor Day. We will re-open with normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 9 AM. Have a great holiday!

September 6, 2016 5:30 - 7 PM

Academic Adventures Nights - Steadley Elementary

Staff    Steadley Students & Families   

Tonight from 5:30 to 7 PM we are inviting Steadley students and their families find adventures within the library! Come by the library to renew (or get) library cards. There will be special activities for students, and PRIZES awarded! Bring your family, and explore what the library has to offer!

September 7, 2016 10 AM

Storytime Returns

Staff    Younger Kids   

We're back! Storytimes will resume on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 10 am. Please join us for books, music, and activities. Storytimes take place in the Community Room and are geared toward children ages birth through 6 years.


Contact Info

Email: carthage@carthagelibrary.net
Phone: 417-237-7040
Website: carthage.lib.mo.us
Address: 612 S Garrison, Carthage, MO 64836
Operating Hours: Monday & Tuesday 9 AM to 8 PM
Wednesday - Friday 9 AM to 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM
Closed Sundays

Carthage Public Library serves the City of Carthage, Missouri, and surrounding areas.

If you need assistance, give us a call at 417-237-7040 during normal operating hours, or email us at carthage@carthagelibrary.net.

Your questions, comments, and concerns are very important to us.

For privacy reasons, we may require your library card number if you have questions about your account.