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.

Ebooks & Digital Audiobooks

We offer Ebooks and Audiobooks through Missouri Libraries 2 Go at www.molib2go.org. We have a large selection of popular authors as well as older classics. Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android, and most other devices are supported.

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. Some resources can be accessed off-site from home, while others are accessible from inside the library only. Click here to access them.

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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.)

Library Sketch

History

A Brief History of the Carthage Public Library: Part 2

The corner lot at 612 S. Garrison Avenue was chosen as the building site. The building, constructed of Carthage marble, was built in a neoclassic style that was popular between 1900 and 1920. Frederick Gunn was the architect. With 5,000 books on the shelf, the library opened on February 2, 1905 and was one of three Carnegie libraries in Jasper County. There were 324 borrower cards issued at that time. The first book circulated was Ben Hur and was issued to patron Nicholas Wolff who was a telegraph operator at the Frisco Station. The first director of the Carthage Public Library was Miss Elizabeth Wales who later became Secretary of the Missouri Library Commission in Jefferson City, Missouri.

DVDs

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 (due to high demand).

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

Expanded Parking

Carthage Public Library    August 2015

Our parking lot has been expanded and the curve to the bookdrop has been widened for your convenience. We hope you enjoy the improved accessibility.

Children's Programming is Back!

Community Room or Children's Area    September 2015

Story Time is back in September! Our regular English-language story times will resume on Wednesdays at 10 AM starting September 16, 2015. And thanks to some special funding, we'll also be having our very popular bilingual English-Spanish storytime on Mondays at 10 AM with Miss Pat. Stay tuned for more details.

Children's Area Redesigned

Children's Area    Ongoing

Parents & caregivers: come check out our new and improved children's area! We have lots of new toys, puzzles, and games for you to play with your little ones. We also have three new touchscreen AWE early learning computers just for kids ages 0 to 6 years, with lots of educational games featuring characters like Dora the Explorer. We have access to ABCMouse.com for free. We've got a Lego/Duplo table, toy trains, blocks and other building toys, even a mini workbench and a mini kitchen. If it's hot or cold outside, come down, pick up some books, and stay a while to play.

Paws For Books R.E.A.D. Dog Callie (with Virginia)

Children's Area    September 5

PAWS Dog Callie (with her pet human, Virginia) will be visiting us on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 10 AM to noon.

Upcoming Events

September 5, 2015 10 AM - Noon

PAWS Dog Callie with Virginia

Staff    Kids   

PAWS Dog Callie (with her pet human, Virginia) will be visiting us on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 10 AM to noon. Please welcome them on their first-ever visit to Carthage Public Library.

September 7, 2015

Library Closed for Labor Day

Staff    Everyone   

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 for Labor Day. We will reopen with normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

September 11, 2015 2 PM - 4:30 PM

Games and Puzzles Day

Staff    Everyone   

September 11 will be our always popular Games and Puzzles Afternoon! Come to the library between 2 and 4:30 PM for an assortment of puzzles, board games, coloring activities, and building manipulatives. All ages are welcome at this cooperative play event!

September 14, 2015 10 AM

Hora de Cuentos

Staff    Younger Kids   

Join us for our first bilingual Spanish-English story time of the season (with Miss Pat) at 10 AM on Monday, September 14, 2014 at 10 AM. This event is geared for kids from birth through six years of age.

September 16, 2015 10 AM

Wednesday Storytime

Staff    Younger Kids   

Join us for our first regular English-language story time of the season (with our new children's administrator Sherri Luce) on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10 AM. This event is geared for kids from birth through six years of age.

September 19, 2015 10 AM - Noon

PAWS Dog Crystal with Peggy

Staff    Kids   

PAWS Dog Crystal (with her pet human, Peggy) will be visiting us on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10 AM to noon.

September 21, 2015 10 AM

Hora de Cuentos

Staff    Younger Kids   

Join us for bilingual Spanish-English story time (with Miss Pat) at 10 AM on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 10 AM. This event is geared for kids from birth through six years of age.

September 23, 2015 10 AM

Wednesday Storytime

Staff    Younger Kids   

Join us for our regular English-language story time (with Miss Pat) on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10 AM. This event is geared for kids from birth through six years of age.

September 28, 2015 10 AM

Hora de Cuentos

Staff    Younger Kids   

Join us for bilingual Spanish-English story time (with Miss Pat) at 10 AM on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 10 AM. This event is geared for kids from birth through six years of age.

September 28, 2015 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Academic Adventures (Columbian Students)

Staff    Columbian Students   

We invite Columbian Students and their families to visit us this evening and get started with a library card! Stay tuned for more details.

September 29, 2015 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Academic Adventures (Fairview & Mark Twain Students)

Staff    Fairview & Mark Twain Students   

We invite Fairview & Mark Twain Students and their families to visit us this evening and get started with a library card! Stay tuned for more details.

September 30, 2015

No Story Time This Wednesday

Staff    Younger Kids   

There will be no regular Story Time on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. It will resume the next week.

Contact

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.