Have questions? We’ve got answers.

How do I find the library?

Click the map to get directions from your location.

How do I get a library card?

How do I reserve a room?

The library has three meeting rooms available for use by organizations of a civic, cultural, or educational character, but not for social gatherings, money-raising events (except for those benefiting the Library Foundation) or commercial purposes. Click here for entire Meeting Room Policy.

Oscar C. Hirsch Room

This meeting room accommodates up to 75 chairs or 20 tables. Projection capability and accessible to community kitchen.

Geraldine F. Hirsch Room

This meeting room accommodates up to 50 chairs or 10 tables. Projection capability and accessible to community kitchen.

Penzel Conference Room

This meeting room accommodates up to 15 people. Projection capability and accessible to community kitchen.

To request a reservation, click here to fill out an application.

Please note: No reservation is approved until confirmed by the library’s Administrative Assistant.

Can I use the computers to get online?

The library’s Computer, Internet Access & Safety policy may be viewed here.

What can I donate?

The Cape Girardeau Public Library accepts donations of books, CDs, audio cassettes, VHS videos, DVDs and magazines that are in good condition. Gift materials will be added only if they meet the same standards required of purchased materials. Items not meeting those standards, those that are out-of-date, unneeded duplicates of items already owned, or those in a format unsuitable for library use, may be given to other organizations, sold at the Friends Foundation’s Book Sales, exchanged, or recycled. Proceeds from Friends sales are used to purchase needed items. Donations may be brought to the User Services or Information desks.

We DO NOT accept:

– books that are mildewed or moldy
– newspapers or catalogs
– textbooks
– outdated encyclopedias

Many people ask about receipts for tax purposes. The library will issue a receipt for the number of items donated, but cannot assign a monetary value to donations.

How do I join the Friends of the Library?

Simply fill out this form and pay a $20 membership fee.

How do I reserve materials?

Click on the “My Account” link on the lefthand side of the library’s website and enter your library card number and pin number. To renew items, on the “Account Overview” page, click on the “Items Out” link. Check the boxes of the items you would like to renew and click on the “renew” box. If an item cannot be renewed, a message will appear in red type. Any items that do renew will show a new due date. To reserve an item, click on the gray “search” box at the top of the page. On the item record page, click on “Request Item” on lower right hand side of the page. Items whose status is “Checked in” may not be reserved.

How do I suggest a title?

We love new items! Please place your request here. Until it comes in, browse our catalog!

Do you have notary services?

Yes! Notary services are $1 per notary signature (with the exception of absentee ballots, which are free of charge). Appointments are required; please give us a call at (573) 334-5279 for availability.

Do you offer test proctoring?

At this time, we do not offer test proctoring services.

Can members of the public attend the Board of Trustees' meetings?

Yes. Please click here for the full Public Comment at Board Meetings policy.

Cape Girardeau Public Library

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