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


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.


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

Half-Off Summer Book Sale

Carthage Public Library    All Summer!

Half-off summer book sale! Hardbacks, DVDs, VHS, and CDs are 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents each. Proceeds go to support the library.

Story Times and Other Events "On Hold" In August

Community Room or Children's Area    August 2015

Starting in August, Story Time and other regular events will be "on hold" while after our very successful Summer Reading Program. Programming will pick right back up in September. In the meantime, check out our revamped children's area.

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'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 Holly

Children's Area    August 15, 2015

R.E.A.D. Dog Holly and handler Peggy Potter will be visiting us from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Upcoming Events [Full Summer Reading Program Flyer]

July 23, 2015 10 AM

Teen Summer Reading Event: Scavenger Hunt

Staff    Teens   

Join us on Thursday, July 23 for our Teen Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt, starting at 10 AM. Participants can come any time between 10 and 12 to complete the tasks individually or with a friend.

July 25, 2015

Last Day To Turn In Logs For Teens & Kids Summer Reading Program!

Staff    Kids & Teens   

July 25, 2015 is the last day to turn in logs for prizes and drawing slips for our kids and teens summer reading programs. All drawing slips must be in the box when we close on Saturday at 4 PM. Thanks for making our program such a success!


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.