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.

Operating Hours & Contact Info

Carthage Public Library is open on Monday and Tuesday from 9 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. We are closed on Sundays. Our phone number is 417-237-7040. We can be reached via e-mail at carthage@carthagelibrary.net. Please have your library card number if you have any questions about your account.

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How To Get A Library Card

The Basics

Patrons wishing to get a Carthage Public Library card must bring a document (ID, bill, etc.) with their name and current address. 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), and temporary cards for visitors (with deposit.)

Library Sketch


A Brief History of the Carthage Public Library: Part 1

As early as 1870, the citizens of Carthage began a movement to organize a permanent public library for their community. Lecture courses and public entertainment were used to raise funds for a library service that opened in a store front on the 600 block of Main Street. This first establishment loaned books to patrons for an initiation fee of two dollars plus ten cents per week.

In 1902, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie offered $25,000 to build a public library if the citizens would vote a tax to support a library and if the city could provide a suitable location for a building. Even though they did not have the right to vote, women of the community circulated petitions for a supporting tax. The vote to initiate a library tax carried 831 to 94.

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Website Redesign

Launched 04-03-2015

Welcome to our new website! Please bear with us; some things you are looking for may not be here yet. If you need assistance, give us a call at 417-237-7040 or email us at carthage@carthagelibrary.net, and we'll be happy to answer your question.

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Mistaken Identity

Gone Girl? Joseph Smith?

We are the Carthage Public Library located in Carthage, Missouri. Since there are several towns in the United States named after the ancient North African city of Carthage, we're sometimes confused with other libraries in other places. The Carthage associated with LDS founder Joseph Smith is located in the state of Illinois. The Carthage in Joyce Carol Oates' recent novel seems to be located in upstate New York. And North Carthage, featured in the recent popular book and movie Gone Girl, doesn't really exist (the movie was filmed near Cape Girardeau, Missouri).

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News & Featured Events This Month

KC Wolf at Memorial Hall Tuesday July 7 at 10 AM & 1 PM

Carthage Memorial Hall    Tuesday July 7, 2015 at 10 AM and 1 PM

As part of our Summer Reading Program, we'll be having KC Wolf visiting Carthage Memorial Hall on July 7, 2015 at 10 AM and 1 PM. The morning session at 10 will be geared towards younger patrons and the 1 PM session will be geared towards intermediate and teen patrons. Don't miss it!

Primary Story Time Wednesdays AND THURSDAYS At 10 AM

Community Room or Children's Area    Wednesdays at 10 AM From 06/03/2015 to 07/29/2015

Our regular primary story time returns on Wednesdays at 10 AM, and since we have so many children interested in participating, we're also doing an additional (duplicate) storytime on Thursdays. We'll be having Story Time every Wednesday from June 3 to July 29, 2015. 10 AM storytimes are geared for younger children; for older kids, check out our intermediate story times.

Children's Area Redesigned

Children's Area    Ongoing

We invite you to join us in our redesigned kids area! We've added all kinds of fun toys, play furniture, and early learning computers! You're also welcome to come down and meet our new children's programming administrator, Sherri Luce, who starts full time this summer!

Paws For Books R.E.A.D. Dog Bobby

Children's Area    Saturday 06/20/2015 10 AM - Noon

R.E.A.D. Dog Bobby will be visiting us from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Upcoming Events [Full Summer Reading Program Flyer]

30 De Junio, 2015, A Las 10 AM

La Hora del Cuento (Storytime en español)

Staff    Niños   

La Hora del Cuento (Storytime en español), martes a las 10 AM, 30 de junio 2015. Todos están invitados.

July 1, 2015 10 AM

Primary Story Time

Staff    Younger Kids   

Each Wednesday and Thursday at 10 AM between June 3 and July 29 we will have Primary Story Time, geared for infants through kindergarten age. For older kids, check out our Intermediate Story Times!

July 1, 2015 3 PM

Intermediate Story Time

Staff    Older Kids   

In addition to our regular events geared for younger children, every Wednesday from June 3 to July 1, and on July 22, we'll have Intermediate Story Time at 3 PM for geared for kids from 1st through 5th grade.

July 2, 2015 10 AM

Primary Story Time

Staff    Younger Kids   

Each Wednesday and Thursday at 10 AM between June 3 and July 29 we will have Primary Story Time, geared for infants through kindergarten age. For older kids, check out our Intermediate Story Times!

July 2, 2015 1-2 PM

Superhero Obstacle Course

Staff    Teens   

Superhero Obstacle Course event for the Teen Summer Reading Program on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

July 3, 2015 1 PM

Games and Puzzles

Staff    All Ages   

Join us for Games & Puzzles day on Friday, July 3, 2015 starting at 1 PM.

July 4, 2015

Closed for Independence Day

Staff    All Ages   

Carthage Public Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2015 for Independence Day. We will re-open with normal operating hours on Monday, July 6, 2015.

July 7, 2015 10 AM

KC Wolf At Memorial Hall (Younger Kids)

Staff    Younger Kids   

Join us on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10 AM at Carthage Memorial Hall and meet KC Wolf. This event is geared for younger kids.

July 7, 2015 1 PM

KC Wolf At Memorial Hall (Older Kids and Teens)

Staff    Older Kids andTeens   

Join us on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 1 PM at Carthage Memorial Hall and meet KC Wolf. This event is geared for older kids and teens.

July 7, 2015 2 PM

Couponing Basics Class

Staff    Adults   

Learn how to save money by utilizing coupons and all types of discounts. This includes how to get started couponing, online coupons and discounts, online shopping, reward programs, rebates and sampling.


Contact Info

Carthage Public Library serves the City of Carthage Missouri and surrounding areas. Your questions, comments and/or concerns are very important to us. For privacy reasons, we may require your library card number if you have questions about your account.

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

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