100th Anniversary

The Cape Girardeau Public Library turns 100 years old in 2022!

We’ll spend the whole year celebrating the library’s rich history and deep community roots with events for all ages, special edition library cards, and more.

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The Cape Girardeau Public Library formally opened its doors on June 15, 1922, with a collection of 3,000 books. 100 years later, the library has grown into a community hub that boasts nearly 100,000 physical items (including many non-book items), plus an additional 22,000 ebooks and audiobooks available as digital downloads. Many services are offered today that librarians in 1922 couldn’t have even imagined: public computers, passport services, and the lending of the aforementioned non-book items (such as telescopes, cake pans, ukuleles, and WiFi hotspots, to name just a few).

Learn more about the library’s history here, or by watching the video below.

Limited Edition Library Cards

Special centennial library cards are available for free to new and existing cardholders. Quantities are limited, and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Don’t miss out!

100 Books for 100 Years

We’ve put together a reading list you won’t want to miss: 100 of the most popular books of the last century, one for each year we’ve been around. Take a look, and start reading!


We owe an enormous thank you to our generous sponsors!

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