All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its regularly scheduled stops on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

The Library Center and Schweitzer Brentwood branch libraries will not have phone service Monday, May 29-Tuesday, May 30, due to maintenance. Please call (417) 865-1340 for assistance.

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ARTICLE_TEXT <p>The <a href="http://thelibrary.org/about/history.cfm">Springfield Public Library</a> officially opened in 1905 with 700 books and an annual circulation of 8,657. More than a century later, the Springfield-Greene County Library District&nbsp;boasts an annual circulation of 3,926,602 and has expanded its holdings to&nbsp;more than&nbsp;550,000 volumes -- which include audiobooks, compact discs, DVDs,&nbsp; toys and books.</p> <p><b>But you can do more than check out a book to read...</b></p> <ul> <li>Enjoy public art.<br /> From local artists' works to interesting collections&nbsp;from local citizens, there are <a href="http://thelibrary.org/programs/branch/displays.cfm">displays</a> at many of the branches.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Meet friends for coffee.<br /> Pick up a coffee and pastry from one of the local establishments conveniently located at <a href="http://www.mudhousecoffee.com/">The Library Center</a>, <a href="http://www.panerabread.com/">The Library Station</a>, <a href="http://www.thecoffeeethic.com/">Park Central</a>, and <a href="http://coffeeguruonline.com/Home_Page.html">Willard</a> branches.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Pick up a gift.<br /> Visit one of the <a href="http://thelibrary.org/about/giftshop.cfm">Between Friends</a> gift shops full of interesting gift ideas.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Find a spot just for you.<br /> There are special areas for <a href="http://thelibrary.org/kids/kids.cfm">children</a>, <a href="http://thelibrary.org/teens/teens.cfm">teens</a>, quiet reading, studying and <a href="http://thelibrary.org/about/meetroom.cfm">meeting</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Attend a free event.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> There are free <a href="http://thelibrary.org/programs/programs.cfm">programs</a> for a wide variety of interests and age groups.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Tap into technology.<br /> Access <a href="http://thelibrary.org/services/wifi.cfm">Wi-Fi</a> on your laptop or use one of the <a href="http://thelibrary.org/about/internet.cfm">public computers</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Browse the collection of&nbsp;more than&nbsp;half a million items.&nbsp;<br /> Don't forget the <a href="http://coolcat.org/search~S1">books</a>, <a href="http://thelibrary.org/faq/files/enmovies.cfm">DVDs</a>, <a href="http://coolcat.org/screens/music.html">CDs</a>, toys, <a href="http://overdrive.thelibrary.org/562E13B9-9009-4187-996F-E2104E6E3B42/10/490/en/default.htm">downloadable</a> books and audiobooks,&nbsp;as&nbsp;well&nbsp;as&nbsp;other&nbsp;materials.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Learn&nbsp;computer&nbsp;skills.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Computer&nbsp;&nbsp;and software skills <a href="http://thelibrary.org/edge/">tutorials</a> are available at most branches.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Explore award-winning architecture and interior design.<br /> See why our <a href="http://thelibrary.org/about/hours.cfm">branches</a> win awards and attract visitors from all over.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get research and genealogy help.<br /> <a href="http://thelibrary.org/research/">Reference</a> and <a href="http://thelibrary.org/research/genealogy.cfm?lid=50">Genealogy</a> librarians provide general and expert assistance. <a href="http://thelibrary.org/contact.cfm">Ask a Librarian</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Speak to a specialist.<br /> Talk with subject specialists and visit the <a href="http://thelibrary.org/research/res_guide.cfm?aid=700&amp;lid=49">Funding and Business Information Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Register to vote.<br /> Register to <a href="http://thelibrary.org/services/votereg.cfm">vote</a> or complete a change-of-address form for <a href="http://www.greenecountymo.org/election/voter.php">Greene County</a> at any <a href="http://thelibrary.org/about/hours.cfm">branch</a> or the <a href="http://thelibrary.org/services/bkm.cfm">Bookmobile</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have an exam proctored.<br /> <a href="http://thelibrary.org/services/proctor.cfm">Arrangements</a> can be made by phone, e-mail or in person.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make a donation.<br /> <a href="http://thelibrary.org/donate/support.cfm">Donate</a> used books and movies, give a gift or memorial honoring a special person or leave a legacy gift.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get books delivered to you.<br /> <a href="http://thelibrary.org/services/walkbook.cfm/">Walking Books</a> and the <a href="http://thelibrary.org/services/bkm.cfm">Bookmobile</a> are just some of the Library's <a href="http://thelibrary.org/services/assistive.cfm">services</a> for people with special needs.</li> </ul> <p><b>You can even visit from the comfort of your own home:</b></p> <ul> <li>Place holds.<br /> Search the Library catalog <a href="http://www.coolcat.org/search~S1">COOLcat</a> at coolcat.org and <a href="http://www.coolcat.org/screens/help_s1_holds.html">place a hold</a> on an item. You will be notified when it is ready to be picked up.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>View digitized collections.<br /> <a href="http://thelibrary.org/lochist/collections.cfm">View</a> original photos, postcards and maps, or <a href="http://thelibrary.org/lochist/collections.cfm">read</a> original histories and tales of Ozarks life in the early days.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add a <a href="http://coolcat.org/screens/reviews.html">review</a> to the catalog.<br /> <a href="http://coolcat.org/patroninfo~S1">Login</a> to your account and let others know what you thought.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do research.<br /> <a href="http://thelibrary.org/research/">Find</a> articles, abstracts, images and books on any topics.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stay current on local issues.<br /> Read <a href="http://thelibrary.org/matters/">articles</a>&nbsp;with balanced information&nbsp;about Springfield and Greene County's most talked-about issues.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Read magazines&nbsp;and&nbsp;newspapers.<br /> <a href="http://thelibrary.org/research/articles.cfm?lid=59">Access</a> full-text articles from your favorite magazines and newspapers, local or national.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stay informed.<br /> Read current <a href="http://thelibrary.org/research/">topical articles</a> by our information experts and <a href="http://thelibrary.org/help/rss.cfm">sign up</a> for RSS feeds or e-mail notification when new articles are posted.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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Community Matters

Plan Your Library Visit

The Springfield Public Library officially opened in 1905 with 700 books and an annual circulation of 8,657. More than a century later, the Springfield-Greene County Library District boasts an annual circulation of 3,926,602 and has expanded its holdings to more than 550,000 volumes -- which include audiobooks, compact discs, DVDs,  toys and books.

But you can do more than check out a book to read...

  • Enjoy public art.
    From local artists' works to interesting collections from local citizens, there are displays at many of the branches.
     
  • Meet friends for coffee.
    Pick up a coffee and pastry from one of the local establishments conveniently located at The Library Center, The Library Station, Park Central, and Willard branches.
     
  • Pick up a gift.
    Visit one of the Between Friends gift shops full of interesting gift ideas.
     
  • Find a spot just for you.
    There are special areas for children, teens, quiet reading, studying and meeting.
     
  • Attend a free event.   
    There are free programs for a wide variety of interests and age groups.                 
  • Tap into technology.
    Access Wi-Fi on your laptop or use one of the public computers.
     
  • Browse the collection of more than half a million items. 
    Don't forget the books, DVDs, CDs, toys, downloadable books and audiobooks, as well as other materials.  
                                                                     
  • Learn computer skills.                                                                                        Computer  and software skills tutorials are available at most branches.
     
  • Explore award-winning architecture and interior design.
    See why our branches win awards and attract visitors from all over.
     
  • Get research and genealogy help.
    Reference and Genealogy librarians provide general and expert assistance. Ask a Librarian.
     
  • Speak to a specialist.
    Talk with subject specialists and visit the Funding and Business Information Center.
     
  • Register to vote.
    Register to vote or complete a change-of-address form for Greene County at any branch or the Bookmobile.
     
  • Have an exam proctored.
    Arrangements can be made by phone, e-mail or in person.
     
  • Make a donation.
    Donate used books and movies, give a gift or memorial honoring a special person or leave a legacy gift.
     
  • Get books delivered to you.
    Walking Books and the Bookmobile are just some of the Library's services for people with special needs.

You can even visit from the comfort of your own home:

  • Place holds.
    Search the Library catalog COOLcat at coolcat.org and place a hold on an item. You will be notified when it is ready to be picked up.
     
  • View digitized collections.
    View original photos, postcards and maps, or read original histories and tales of Ozarks life in the early days.
     
  • Add a review to the catalog.
    Login to your account and let others know what you thought.
     
  • Do research.
    Find articles, abstracts, images and books on any topics.
     
  • Stay current on local issues.
    Read articles with balanced information about Springfield and Greene County's most talked-about issues.
     
  • Read magazines and newspapers.
    Access full-text articles from your favorite magazines and newspapers, local or national.
     
  • Stay informed.
    Read current topical articles by our information experts and sign up for RSS feeds or e-mail notification when new articles are posted.

 


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