COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Due to increasing concerns about COVID-19, we are closing beginning Wednesday, March 18th until further notice.


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 [and Post Art 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 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.

The Library’s administrative team will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly. 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.