of the Joplin Public Library is preparing for a monumental task this month –
relocating the contents of the 300 South Main facility to its new building at
1901 East 20th Street. There
are 120,000 items in the collection that will be moved. This includes
books, periodicals, and audio-visual items for patrons’ use, along with the
massive amount of reference materials, operational equipment, computers and
complete this job, the Library will be
closed from Sunday, May 14 through Monday, May 29. The Library will reopen
on Tuesday, May 30 at the 1901 East 20th Street location. Please
note: moves of this caliber can be tricky, and these dates could change. If a
change does occur, it will be announced through news media outlets, and social
media resources of the Library and the City.
Gage, Director of the Library, has noted that this new facility brings many new
features while addressing some issues that exist with the current library.
is a library for the 21st century. It provides much needed
technology upgrades with maker spaces, a new computer lab and a video wall that
offers multiple options. The facility is completely ADA accessible, and has
plenty of parking. Patrons will also appreciate the convenient drive through
book drop and many other features that we’re excited to share when the facility
is open to the public.”
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting is set for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3. The event
will offer activities for all ages and an opportunity to tour the new facility.
Patrons can sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading programs as well.
will be a great celebration and provide a good kick-off for the reading
program,” said Gage. “It will be fun to have everyone here exploring the new spaces
and services in this facility.”
Library project is a partnership with the Economic Development Administration,
which awarded the City a $20 million grant to assist in the redevelopment of
the 20th Street area following the 2011 disaster. The project will
include site infrastructure repairs and improvements, as well as the new
For more information, call (417)
623-7953 or visit the Library website at www.joplinpubliclibrary.org.