In addition to books chosen from all genres, the library offers large print books, CD books, Playaways, and downloadable audiobooks, e-books, and e-magazines. Beyond the expected items, we also lend some unexpected items, such as cake pans, telescopes, and board games.
We strive to provide a wide variety of both educational classes and personal enrichment events. Outreach efforts include nursing home visits, homebound delivery, and various community events. Opportunities for volunteer work are available both in the library and on an outreach basis. Contact us for more information.
Staff members are always ready to assist library users. If you are searching for information, have a question about the location of materials, readers advisory, how to use library equipment or databases, or other concerns, ask at the Information Desk; library staff answer questions in person at the Information Desk, by phone, by e-mail or via Facebook.
Library users are encouraged to ask for assistance in finding reading materials at the Information Desk. 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? also offer ideas for reading. To see what your friends are reading, keep track of what you’ve read, or even join an online book club, try Goodreads.
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 a book, CD book, Music CD, or DVD that isn’t available at the library, request an item here. Requests may be made for books, books-on-CD, Music CDs and DVDs. Newly released items may be purchased and added to the library’s collection; others may be requested for you through the interlibrary loan service.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If an item you wish to borrow is not available in this library, it may be possible to borrow them from another library. The library uses a courier service to obtain most requests, and if the lending library is on the courier service, there is no charge to the borrower. In the case that the lending library is not on the courier service, fees for items will be passed on to the borrower. The average wait for materials is two to three weeks, and ILL books check out for three weeks. Click here to request an item.
If you love to read, but can’t get out due to health or disability, let us bring the library to you! Our staff will select materials based on your preferences, and volunteers will deliver and return these items for you. The process to sign up for this service is simple; just give us a call at (573) 334-5279 to get started.
The rumors are true; you can apply for a U. S. Passport here at the library. Passport services, including passport photos, are available at times convenient for you, seven days a week—no appointment necessary. To find out more about what you’ll need to bring, required fees, and available hours, click here.
Voter registration forms may be obtained at the Information Desk and filled out at the library. A photo ID is required.
If you are doing research on ancestors from the Cape Girardeau area, check out our genealogy room. It contains county histories from nearby 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. Microfilm records may also be requested via interlibrary loan. The genealogy room offers the use of two microfilm readers, two computers with access to several genealogy related databases and Ancestry.com, and a copier.
Study Rooms and Study Carrels
Study rooms and study carrels are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Study rooms each 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.
The library offers free Wi-Fi access for electronic devices. A one-time code and either a library card or guest pass is required, and Wi-Fi printing is available from select devices. Ask at the Information Desk for assistance.
Comfortable seating for reading can be found in the atrium. 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.
Vending machines offer a variety of beverages and snacks, and can be found in the Coffee Bar area.