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Your Travel Adventure Begins Here!
If you're making plans for international travel, you can apply for a U.S. passport at the following branch libraries:
The Library Center and Library Station are Passport Acceptance Facilities, as designated by the U.S. Department of State. Passport services, including passport photos, are available at times convenient for you -- during library hours, seven days a week. No appointment is necessary. Just ask a librarian at the Reference Desk to begin the process.
For application forms, information on documentation required, how to renew a passport, fees and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, please visit the only official website for passport information, travel.state.gov and review the New Passport Checklist (pdf). The Library does not handle passport renewals.
Individuals may apply for a passport at the Library Center or Library Station Reference Desk during these hours:
- 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday
- 1-4 p.m. Sunday
What Fees to Expect When You Apply
Several passport payments are required for a new passport:
- The Department of State's fee for an adult or child's passport; an expedite fee (if desired), payable by check or money order to the U.S. Department of State
- An execution fee set by the Department of State for each new passport, payable by check or money order to the Springfield-Greene County Library District
- Passport photo fee (if photo taken at the library): $10 payable to the Springfield-Greene County Library District, payable by check, money order or cash. Note: Photo fee will increase to $15 on January 2, 2019
If this is your first passport, you must apply in person. A passport application is available at the Library or online on the Department of State passport page at travel.state.gov. To save time, complete the application online, print it out and bring it to the Library. Do not sign this application before visiting the Library to submit your application.
For further details or other information, visit the Department of State passport website at travel.state.gov.
The Library is Your One-stop Shop for Travel!
Enjoy the convenience! Now you can plan your entire trip through the Library, your one-stop shop for travel adventure, whether you're going to another state, or another continent.
Book your travel. Bring your own device and use the Library's free WiFi, or use a free public computer to book your hotels, airline or train tickets, car rental, tours and places to eat along the way.
Research your destination. You can find books and travel guides, nonfiction and "best-of" destination resources through the Library's online catalog, thelibrary.org/catalog. Some items are available in multiple formats. The Library has travel materials for children, too! And if you don't find what you need, we can get it for you from other library systems.
Watch where you're going! Take a visual tour of your upcoming journey through a documentary or travel film, or listen to the music of your travel destination, available on CDs and DVDs through the Library's online catalog, thelibrary.org/catalog.
Explore the culture. Pick up cultural cues, historical background and learn about the people who live there through a colorful, online resource, CultureGrams. You can also find it at the Library's History page.
Learn the language. Check out a language CD from the Library, or you can choose from more than 60 languages by visiting the popular online language learning system Mango Languages, or go to thelibrary.org/mango. You can create a free account at the start page and take lessons at your own pace, or click Quick Start and select a language.