Coronavirus [COVID-19] Information

The library is closing in response to COVID-19

Cape Girardeau Public Library has made the difficult decision to close at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17th through at least Sunday, April 5th, 2020. This decision was made in response to COVID-19 based on recommendations at the federal, state, and local levels. We have provided a great list of reliable resources about COVID-19 here on our website.

We know that libraries serve as a hub for learning, an outlet for discovery of fantastic tales, and a vital lifeline for those in need of a welcoming space. As a public library we also have an obligation to consider the health and safety of our patrons and our staff. Closing is the only way to ensure we meet that obligation.

Please know that we have extended all dues dates through April 13th.

While our building will be closed, we encourage everyone to utilize their library card for our digital materials. CGPL has a large digital collection to which your library card gives you access.

We look forward to reopening the Library as soon as it is safe to do so. Please know that we will be working to develop workarounds to provide you with library materials and resources should this closure needs to be extended. We will communicate with you via our website and social media outlets as things change.


Stay up-to-date with these trusted sources and factual information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] will provide information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance

-It is important to remember to share facts and not fear

-The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has regularly updated information, as well as a hotline to call if you suspect exposure


Take steps to protect yourself.

-The most important thing to do at this time is to wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people who are sick

-Globally, the World Health Organization continuously provides updates with helpful information for individuals and the workplace


If you’re staying home, you can still use the library.

Our digital library has free eBooks, audiobooks, popular magazines, and more

-Contact us if you have questions about your account by emailing or messaging us on Facebook

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Cape Girardeau Public Library

Our mission is to be the community's first choice for information gathering experiences through social interaction, programming, technology and the written word for all ages. Come visit us today and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the know.

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