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.

Ben Affleck Is No Batman

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).

We're also pretty sure that Ben Affleck is not Batman.

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News & Featured Events This Month

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Summer Reading Programs Starting In June

Community Room    Summer 2015

Our Summer Reading Programs will be starting soon at the beginning of June! Stay tuned for more details.

Free Bootstrap Seminar

La Hora Del Cuento (Spanish-English Storytimes)

Community Room    Thursday 05/07/2015 at 10:00 AM

Join us for Spanish-English Storytime on Thursday 05/07/2015 at 10 AM in the Community Room. Funding for this story time is provided through a Racing To Read LSTA grant from the Missouri State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This storytime is coordinated by Pat Wakefield.

Story Time On Hold

Community Room    No Story Time In May

Our regular children's story time sessions are "on hold" until June. They will resume when our new children's coordinator starts full time this summer. Stay tuned for details! In the meantime, come down and enjoy our new AWE computers and redesigned children's area with lots of toys and activities.

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

Children's Area    Saturday 05/16/2015 from 10:00 AM to Noon

Our "Paws For Books" R.E.A.D. dog Holly will be visiting the Children's Area on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10 AM to noon.

May Calendar

May 7, 2015

Spanish-English Storytime

Staff    Kids   

Join us for Spanish-English Storytime in the Community Room at 10 AM on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

May 14, 2015

Carthage High School Graduation

Staff    Everyone   

Congratulations to staff members Jeffrey and Christina, and to all the rest of the 2015 graduating class of Carthage High School!

May 16, 2015

Paws Program With Holly

Staff    Everyone   

Our "Paws For Books" R.E.A.D. dog Holly will be visiting the Children's Area on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 AM to noon.

May 25, 2015

Library Closed For Memorial Day

Staff    Everyone   

Carthage Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 for Memorial Day. We will re-open with normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.


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

Unfortunately, we don't have this form working yet, so email us at carthage@carthagelibrary.net instead.