Library Closed – due to Covid 19 pandemic

Joplin Public Library Temporarily Closes in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Joplin, Mo.) –

In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Joplin Public Library is closing beginning Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. This includes all programs and outreach services.

The decision was difficult to make. We care deeply about being available for our community members, recognizing that the Library and its services are invaluable; however we feel this is the responsible thing to do at this time. Closings are inevitable, and the longer we delay, the less benefit is derived. We hope that this decision – and similar action being taken by other organizations – will maximize the benefits of recommended social distancing.

The Library’s administrative team will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly. Follow us on Facebook and check our website for  updates.

The Library will be open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, which is the last day patrons can check out materials or pick up holds. Holds will be  maintained until the Library reopens. Patrons are asked not to return books and other Library materials via our outside drop boxes during this time. There is no penalty as the Library does not charge fines for overdue materials and will extend due dates.

Patrons still can access the Library’s digital resources, including e-books, e-magazines, downloadable audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows, as well as online research and learning tools.

In the meantime, the Library is encouraging patrons to stay informed on the outbreak through the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,

Jasper County Health Department,

and Joplin Health Department.

Show n Tell – March 3, 2020

It was a BYOP night. Some you have seen in progress before.

Variety of projects

April 7, 2020 – Chat n Craft meeting has been canceled

Chat n Craft meets the first Tuesday of each month that the library is open. Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, the library is canceling all meetings for the time being.

Please keep checking our website for when the library will be open or closed and when our programming and meetings will be resumed.

Our next meeting will be a crochet class. We will be making a dishcloth with the blossom stitch. If you want to take the class, please bring a light colored cotton yarn, such as Sugar and Cream or Peaches and Cream, and an H crochet hook. If you know how to do a chain, single crochet and double crochet stitches you will be able to learn this blossom stitch. If you do not know sc & dc, please come at 5:30 so you can learn those before the blossom stitch class starts at 6pm.

If you do not want to take the class you are always welcome to bring your own project (BYOP) to work on.

Come join us for fun, laughter and don’t forget to bring your Show n Tell so we can all see.

Room Naming Rights

Did you know you can buy naming rights for certain rooms in the Library? It’s a great way to honor a loved one. Two of our study rooms have recently been renamed.

Call 417-623-7653 for more information.

JPL Begins Passport Applications September 4, 2018

Joplin Public Library is pleased to announce that effective September 4, 2018 it accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.  U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports seven days per week at 1901 E 20th Street, Joplin, MO 64804.

Applications are accepted 30 minutes after opening to one hour before closing seven days per week.  Appointments are strongly encouraged to be sure adequate staffing is available to process the applications.  Walk-ins will be accommodated if  there is staff available, but no guarantees of this can be made.  Appointments are the best and only certain way to be served. Library hours are M-Th 9am-8PM, F-S 9am-6pm, and Sunday 1-5pm.

Jacque Gage, Library Director says, “JPL is pleased to offer this service to the community, making passport applications available during an extended schedule.”

For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information –  A summary can be found here:

For faster service, complete the .pdf applications from the passport website, print out application, and bring it with you to your appointment.

Joplin Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fees

As of August 1, 2018 Joplin Public Library patrons can borrow items from JPL without accruing overdue fines.  In addition, JPL has erased overdue fines patrons previously owed.

The change should increase patrons’ access to the more than 120,000 items in the library collection.

Patrons who have items that are lost, damaged, or simply not returned will still owe for those items, plus a non-refundable administration fee.  If an account has to be referred to a collection agency to get items returned, a collection agency fee will also be charged.

Items received through interlibrary loan (ILL) will continue to accrue overdue fines as those come from the lending library.  Fees will also apply when items are placed on hold but not picked up.

Library Director Jacque Gage says, “I hope this move will allow more people to utilize the library, as well as allow us to reconnect with former patrons who have not yet been able to enjoy the new library facility due to overdue fines.  This will give a clean slate for those who just managed to return materials late.”

Please contact Joplin Public Library at 417-623-7953 for more information about this.

Summer Reading

The Summer Reading Program is underway at the Joplin Public Library with activities for adults, teens, and children of all ages! For the first time ever, JPL summer reading participants can track their progress online via an virtual platform called Beanstack.


This project  is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.




Chat-n-Craft meets for free at the library every month, the 1st Tuesday, 5:30-8pm, in the Community West meeting room, working on all kinds of handwork and learning new projects. Come by and see what everyone is working on. We have newbies as well as advanced crafters in crochet, knitting, quilting, beading, whittling….so much more. We also have a blog to help stay up on patterns, ideas, meetings, comments.

Overdrive eBooks and Audiobooks are here!

Get started with using Overdrive on your device. Check their web page and look on the right side for the “Getting Started My Help!” section. Do you want to listen to audiobooks on your mp3 player? Do you have an eReader? (Kindle now does too) Do you want to read eBooks on your computer at home? All you need is your library card and set up your device following MoLib2Go instructions and you will be able to download and read/listen on your own device. You can check out up to five items for seven or fourteen days. You can also set your preference in your account.

If you own a Kindle click here

Library Books for your Kindle

A step by step guide

  1. Go to Missouri Libraries 2 Go website.
  2. Click on Kindle Books in the menu.
  3. Find your item, either through browsing the listed items, or by using Search (in advance settings, select Kindle Book in the Formats dropdown). If you wish only to see titles that are available for immediate checkout, select Available now in the Availability dropdown.
  4. Borrow any available book(s).  You may also place a hold on any item which has a link that says “Place on Hold”.  These items are currently checked out to someone else, and you will receive an email when it becomes your turn.
  5. After placing an item in your cart, you will have the option to continue browsing, or check out.  When you are finished selecting items, click on “Checkout”.  This will take you to a page which asks for your home library.  Select “Joplin Public Library” from the list.  Then, enter your library card number (with no spaces) and your pin number.  If you do not know your pin number, please call the Library at 417-623-7953.  Once the information is entered, click Sign In.
  6. After entering the required information, a screen will appear with a summary of the items you are checking out.  Click “Confirm Check Out”.
  7. You should now see the “Download” screen, with a button that says “Get For Kindle” next to your items.  Clicking on this button will take you to, where you can log into your Amazon account and retrieve your item by clicking on the yellow “get library book” button.  You may select whether to transfer items to your Kindle, Kindle for PC on your computer, or any other Kindle compatible reading software offered by Amazon. If your Kindle does not have wi-fi, you may choose to “deliver via USB”. This will allow you to save the item to your desktop.  You can then transfer it to your Kindle using your USB cord. Do NOT use 3G for delivery, it won’t work.
  8. That’s it!  Once items are checked out and downloaded to your Kindle, you may manage them, delete them, or return them early by using the “Manage Your Kindle” link at