Library Services


The LitLocker is the library’s remote locker system located inside the Shawnee Park Center. Library cardholders can pick up holds and return materials using the LitLocker. To use the locker, library patrons will first request library materials from the catalog or by phone. They can select the LitLocker as their pickup location. Library staff will then deliver the materials to the locker at the Shawnee Park Center, and patrons will be able to retrieve their items from the locker or drop off their returns whenever it is convenient for them, during the Shawnee Park Center’s operating hours. 

Automatically Yours

Have a favorite author or series? You could be among the first to read new releases with this service! We will automatically place the titles you are most looking forward to reading on hold for you. Simply fill out this form and either scan and email it us at or bring it to the Information Desk to get started.

Notary Services

Have a document you need notarized? Make an appointment with one of our notaries by giving us a call at (573) 334-5279. The cost is $1.00 per signature, with the exception of absentee ballots, which will be notarized free of charge. Identification required.

Book Discussion Book Collections

The library has a few book collections which may be used by book discussion groups. Included 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 at the Information Desk.

Homebound Delivery

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. Volunteers 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 x113 to get started. 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 we will choose materials based on your preferences.

Interlibrary Loan

If materials you wish to borrow are not available in this library, the staff will try to borrow them from another library. The Cape Girardeau Public 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. Charges for Items coming from a lending library that is not on the courier service will be passed on to the borrower. An average wait for materials is two weeks. InterLibrary Loan books check out for three weeks. To start the ILL process, call the Information Desk at 5 73-334-5279, ext. 113 or 121.

Test Proctoring

The library does not offer test proctoring services. Contact the Southeast Missouri State University or the Career and Technology Testing Centers.

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

The library offers free Wi-Fi access for all electronic devices. There are five access points in the library. A one-time code and a library card or guest pass is needed and will be saved on your devices for future use. Ask at the Information Desk for assistance. Tables with electrical outlets are situated throughout the building.

Tech Tutoring

Free tech tutoring is offered in place of more traditional computer classes. This one-on-one, by-appointment service is good for computer, tablet, and smartphone users of all skill levels. From setting up an email address for the first time to building a budget spreadsheet using Excel, and beyond, our tutors can help you acquire the computer skills you need to succeed. Registration is required; visit our events page for more details.

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 reading. To 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 request 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 research. The 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 atrium. Newspapers 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.

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