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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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).
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.
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