Persons who reside or own real estate within the city limits of Carthage may obtain a library card at no charge.
Other Jasper County residents may obtain a library card upon payment of an annual $20.00 nonresident fee. The nonresident fee covers all household members, and each member that is 6 years of age or older may apply for a library card.
To apply for a library card, you must show proof of address (driver's license, utility bill, rent receipt, insurance card, voter registration card, etc).
Applicants under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the application in the presence of library staff.
In certain circumstances, visitors may obtain a Temporary Card good for thirty days and limited to two checkouts.

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Lending Periods and Limits
Established adult patrons in good standing may check out up to 8 items at a time.
Established juvenile patrons in good standing may check out up to 6 items at a time.
Books, periodicals, music CDs, and audiobooks may be checked out for a two week period.
All of the above items may be renewed one time for an additional two week period.
Videos (VHS and DVD) may be checked out for 7 days and may not be renewed.
Videos may only be checked out on an adult library card.

Fines for overdue books, periodicals, audio books, CDs and book/cassette kits are 20¢ per day, per item, not to exceed $10.00 per item.
Fines for overdue videos are $1.00 per day per item not to exceed $10.00 per item.
Borrower is billed for the full cost of repair or replacement of lost or damaged items.
Patrons will be charged $2.00 for the replacement of lost or damaged borrower cards.

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Borrowing Policy
Patrons have access to materials locally available at Carthage Public Library as well as other libraries affiliated with our Missouri Evergreen consortium. Patrons are highly encouraged to see if the item they are requesting is available through the Missouri Evergreen catalog. Holds placed through the Missouri Evergreen consortium are delivered twice weekly with no charge to our patrons. Holds can be placed by staff, or directly by patrons themselves through the web catalog available at If you need assistance logging in, call us at 417-237-7040 during normal operating hours, and have your library card number available.
The Carthage Public Library also provides interlibrary loan service (ILL) which allows patrons to borrow materials not in the library's collection from other libraries throughout the United States. Interlibrary loan request forms may be obtained at the Circulation Desk.
To cover shipping and handling expenses, the borrower will be charged a $2.00 handling fee plus the cost of return postage for each transaction.
Additional fees may apply as charged by the lending library.
Overdue fees for interlibrary loan materials are 50¢ per day per item.
Generally, interlibrary loan materials are not renewable.

Lending Policy
Lending periods for materials received through the Missouri Evergreen consortium are set according to Carthage Public Library's regular circulation polcies.
Materials received from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan are checked out for a period determined by the sending library.
Materials from the circulating collection and microfilm editions of Carthage newspapers are available for interlibrary loan.
U.S. Census microfilm is not available for interlibrary loan.

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Carthage Public Library would like to thank the following organizations for their assistance in helping bring our technology up-to-date:
IMLS logoSome adult public-access computers, monitors, and networking equipment were purchased with the assistance of an LSTA Grant. This technology project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Carthage Public Library has both Adult and Children's Public Access Computers available for the public to use at no charge.

Free public Wi-Fi is available during normal operating hours. Please ask at the upstairs internet desk for details.

Computer Policies:
Patrons wishing to use an Internet computer must first register at the internet desk and agree to abide by our Internet Use Policies.
Anyone under the age of 17 must use a computer in the Children's Library. Photo ID may be required to verify age.
Library fines must be paid prior to using the computer.
Access time is limited to one hour per session, one session per day. Additional time may be available.
Patrons may not use their own software programs on any library computer.
Patrons must furnish their own media if they wish to download files.
No files may be saved on library computers.
Misuse of the computer or Internet access will result in the loss of computer privileges and may result in the loss of other library privileges.
At times, library staff can assist with basic computer use, but staff cannot train individuals to use a computer or to use the Internet. If a patron has difficulty using the computer or the Internet, library staff can advise as to reference materials and local computer classes.
Only one person is allowed at an internet computer at a time, unless otherwise authorized.

Printing Policies:
Black-and-white copies cost 20¢ per page.
Color copies cost 50¢ per page.
Patrons are responsible for the cost of all pages printed--including partial or unwanted pages.
If you are unsure of how many pages a document will be printed on, please ask a staff member for help to avoid paying for unnecessary copies.

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Fax Services
Fax services are available at the Circulation Desk.
The Library's fax number is 417-237-7041.
There is no charge to receive a fax sent to the Carthage Public Library, or to send a fax to a local or toll-free number.
A fee of 60 cents per minute will be charged for faxes sent to a toll number inside the continental United States.
Due to our current long distance phone services, we cannot send international faxes.

Copy & Print Services
Copy machines are located downstairs at the Circulation Desk and upstairs at the Reference Desk.
Printing is available from our public-use computers.
All black and white copies and printouts are 20¢ per page.
All color copies and printouts are 50¢ per page.

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The Carthage Public Library offers the following genealogical resources:
Carthage newspapers on microfilm from 1866 to 2005
Jasper County Census 1850 - 1930
Obituary file 1980 - present
Park Cemetery Records
Colleen Belk's Jasper County Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions
City Directories 1888 - present (missing some early years) Carthage Senior High School Yearbooks 1913 - present (missing some years)
Knell Mortuary Records 1884 - 1940
Ulmer Funeral Home Records 1916 - 1952
Some Jasper County Marriage and Probate Records
Some DAR Lineage Books
Various published Jasper County Histories
Jasper County Plat Books 1875 and 1895
Sanborn Maps 1888 - 1936
Local History File

The following links also contain valuable information: (In-Library Use Only)
Social Security Death Records
Find a Grave
National Archives and Records Administration
Daughters of the American Revolution
Sons of the American Revolution

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Usage of Carthage Public Library's meeting room is subject to the policies listed below. An agreement form must be signed in advance and reservations made before use of the community room. Chairs, tables, lectern, whiteboard, TV/DVD cart, and other limited equipment are available for use in the meeting room and should be requested in advance at the time of reservation.

For more information, e-mail or call us at 417-237-7040. Click here for a printable copy of the agreement form.

Carthage Public Library Meeting Room Policy

The purpose of this policy is to insure orderly, peaceful and efficient use of the Carthage Public Library meeting room and equipment so as to accommodate and provide equal access to as many groups and organizations as is reasonably possible. The Director or other designated library staff member shall schedule or reserve meeting rooms in accordance with the following regulations. The Board of Trustees of the Carthage Public Library shall have the final authority in granting or refusing permission for use of the rooms where conflicts arise between the proposed use of the library meeting room and regulations outlined below.

1. Meeting rooms are available to non-profit groups and organizations whose membership is composed primarily of residents of the library district if the room is used during library hours. Payment of a $50.00 refundable damage deposit is required for all users. The damage deposit must be paid at the time the meeting room is reserved.

2. In addition to the $50.00 refundable damage deposit, a fee of $25.00 per hour will be charged for use of the meeting room after library hours. The rental fee must be paid at the time the meeting room is reserved unless arrangements are made in advance with the Library Director.

3. Applications for the use of the meeting room must be made in writing to the Director or to members of the library staff who have been assigned responsibility for scheduling such meetings. A form is provided by the library for this purpose.

4. Fire code limits the occupancy of the meeting room to 75 persons at a time.

5. Because the Library encourages use of the room by many groups, the meeting room may not be booked more than 12 months in advance and may be used no more than once a week on a continuing basis. Library-sponsored programs shall receive priority in the event of a scheduling conflict.

6. Notice to cancel must be given to the Library at least 24 hours in advance except in the event of inclement weather. If the required notice is not given, the $50.00 deposit will not be refunded, except under special circumstances and at the discretion of the Library Board of Trustees.

7. Meetings shall be open to the public, except that a public governmental body may hold a closed session pursuant to the provisions of RSMo 610. Normally fees or collections for admission may not be charged. Programs conducted by educational institutions, including the Library, may pass charges for tuition, supplies, or refreshments on to the registrant. Due to the public nature of meeting rooms, booking requests shall be treated as public documents.

8. Facilities may not be used for commercial purposes, (i.e., sale of goods or services, executing fee-for-service agreements, or securing contracts of commitment to services provided elsewhere). Commercial programs listed or presented as informational, educational, or instructional must remain so, and presenters shall make no direct solicitation of attendees to secure clients or customers for their commercial purpose.

9. Purposes, objectives, or views of groups or organizations using library meeting rooms shall in no way be announced, advertised, or displayed so as to suggest that the organization, its mission, beliefs, or purposes are endorsed by the Library.

10. All Library facilities are smoke-free and the use of tobacco products is prohibited. Alcohol may be served if prior approval is obtained from the Library Board of Trustees. Users shall be assessed for damage to, and excessive cleaning of, meeting rooms. Kitchen and food preparation facilities are very limited. Users must furnish their own serving cups, plates, and utensils.

11. Users are responsible for arranging the room. Nothing is to be attached to the walls.

12. No materials, equipment or furniture belonging to any group or individual may be stored on Library premises and the Library will assume no responsibility if materials, etc. are left on the premises.

13. Access to Library-owned equipment may be limited by availability, staffing, or type of equipment required. Organizations desiring to use Library-owned equipment in a meeting room should request permission for its use when applying for the meeting room. Organizations using such equipment assume full responsibility for any damage to equipment while it is in their possession.

14. Parents may not leave children unattended while using meeting room facilities.

15. Children’s groups may use the meeting room provided there is at least one adult supervisor for each eight children in attendance.

16. Any user or group agrees to indemnify and hold the Carthage Public Library harmless from any and all action, suits, causes of or relating to its use of such rooms and facilities. Further, such person or group agrees to indemnify the Library from any and all costs for repair of any and all damage as may be caused directly or indirectly to the room and or facilities by such use thereof.

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