For Adults

The Adult Services Department has a special interest in providing services for its adult patrons.  In addition to books chosen from all genres, the library provides Large Print books, books on cassette, books on CD,  Playaways and the recent  addition of downloadable audio and Ebooks.  Adult Services endeavors to provide a variety of programs of interest to the adult population.  The Monday Night Book Club is a recurring program.  The library also sponsors programs which have included health issues, crafts, culinary arts, birdwatching, beginner genealogy workshops, and free internet classes.  Outreach programs include nursing home visits, Books-By-Mail and Southeast Missouri State University Welcome Back Picnic.  Opportunities for volunteer work are available both in the library and on an outreach basis.

Adult Programs
Check here for upcoming adult programs.

Cape Girardeau Segregation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
View video footage of the program hosted by Senior U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh (retired) and U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Jr., held Feb. 3, 2014

Library Services

Book Discussion Book Collections
The library has a few book collections which may be used by book discussion groups.  Include in the list are  A Dog's Purpose (3+) by W. Bruce Cameron, A Long Way Gone (10) by Ishmael Beah and The Dispossessed (9) by Ursula Le Guin.  Interested groups may contact Adult Services by phone at 573-334-5279 or come by the Information Desk when visiting the library.

If you love to read, but can't get out due to health or disability, the Cape Girardeau Public Library can get books to you by mail or the volunteers of Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ) will deliver and return library materials for you.  The process to sign up for this service is simple.  Just call the library at 573-334-5279 and we will take your information.  If you don't already have a library card, we will tell you how to get one.  We will then ask you to fill out an information card about what type of books you enjoy reading, and our library staff will choose materials based on your preferences and send them to you. 

Interlibrary Loan (I.L.L)
If materials you wish to borrow are not available in this  library, the staff  will try to borrow them from another library.  The Cape Library borrows primarily from Missouri libraries, but a wider search can be made.   The library uses a  courier service to deliver most requests.   If the lending library is on the courier service, there is no charge for the requests.  Items coming from a lending library that is not on the courier service will incur a $3.00 charge.  An average wait for materials is two weeks.   Interlibrary Loan books check out for three weeks.  To start the I. L. L. process call the Information Desk at 5 73-334-5279, ext. 113 or 121.

Test Proctoring
The Library works with educational institutions to proctor tests for students.   If  you need a written or online test proctored, call the Administrative Assistant at 573-334-5279, ext. 112 for proctoring procedures. 

Voter Registration
Citizens may register to vote at  the library.  Forms for new voter registration or for updating information may be obtained at the Adult Information Desk and filled out at the library.  A picture I. D. is required.  A staff member from the county clerk's office periodically picks up completed forms.  The library also has a schedule of elections and the last day to register to vote for each one.

Wi-Fi Accessibility
You may bring in laptop computers and access the wireless internet.  There are five access points in the library.  A one-time code is needed and will be saved on your computer for future use.  Ask at the Information Desk for the code and areas of access.  You cannot print from the wi-fi at this time.   Tables with electrical outlets are situated throughout the building. 

Computer Classes
Free computer classes are given in the Praxair Computer Lab.  Basic internet searches, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and e-mail  are periodically  offered.  Additional classes may include social networking and using mobile devices.   Programs are free and open to the public.  Registrations are required for these programs as space is limited.  Watch for future offerings on the Adult Programs page.

Information Assistance
Staff members are always ready to assist patrons.  Library staff answer questions in person, over the phone or by e-mail.   If  you are searching for information, have a question about policies, location of  materials, readers advisory, how to use library equipment or databases, or other concerns ask at the Information Desk.  To reach the Information Desk call 573-334-5279, ext 113 or 121, or reach us online at 

Readers Advisory
Library users are encouraged to ask at the Information Desk or Youth Services Desk for assistance in finding reading materials.   The library subscribes to NoveList Plus, an online database which has a treasure trove of  book suggestions based on author, title and subject plus 
genres, author read-alikes, feature articles and book discussion guides.  Reference titles such  as What I Do I Read Next?  and  Genreflecting also offer ideas for  readingTo  see what your friends are reading, keep track of what you've read or even join a book club try goodreads.  
Materials Request
The library staff selects books and other materials on the basis of practicability, literary worth, informational merit and anticipated public demand.  If you are interested in materials that aren't available at the library, leave a reauest with the Information staff.  Requests may be made for books, books-on-CD, Music CDs and DVDs.  New items may be purchased and added to the library's collection. Others may be requested  through the interlibrary loan service. 

Genealogy Room
If you are doing  research on ancestors from the Cape Girardeau area, check out our genealogy section.  The Genealogy Room offers the use of two reader/scanners, two internet computers and a copier.  It contains county histories from nearby surrounding counties, published family histories from some local families, and microfilm archives of the Southeast Missourian back to 1918.  Visitors may also find limited volumes of birth and death records for Cape Girardeau County and some surrounding counties, ship records of immigrants in Passenger and Immigration Lists indexes and New Orleans Passenger Lists indexed on microfilm.  The library offers interlibrary loan services for microfilm records.  The internet computers have several genealogy related databases and also a subscription to

Microfilm Readers/Scanners
Housed in the Genealogy Room are two microfilm reader/scanners designated for genealogical researchThe machines are for public use.  Prints made from the microfilm readers are $.15 per page.

Study Rooms and Study Carrels
Study rooms and study carrels are available for patron use on a first come-first served basis.  Study rooms contain a table with four to eight chairs, whiteboards and electrical outlets. Study carrels may be found around the perimeter of  the Adult Services area. 

Vending Machine
Vending machines offer a variety of  beverages and snacks.  Seating in the cafe area  can accommodate small groups.  

Reading Area
Comfortable seating for reading can be found in the atriumNewspapers and magazines are kept in this area.  Most magazines can be checked out for a week.  Newspapers are available for in-house reading.  Tables with reading lights and electrical outlets are also available.  Additional seating can be found around the perimeter of the Adult Services area.


The open air terrace is  enclosed on three sides with an overhang covering the tables and chairs for seating comfort.  You can access
the terrace from the Coffee Bar area.  There is no outside entrance or exit from the terrace.