Items in quarantine information…

Due to recent research information, the Webster County Library will be increasing the time items are in quarantine to at least 4 days. Items will still be listed on your account and may possibly still accrue fines during this quarantine period. When the quarantine period is over each item will be scanned in and back dated appropriately to account for any fines accrued during quarantine. We realize that this can be a confusing time for everyone and we are working hard to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff first and foremost. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to stay up to date on the best procedures and safe handling of all items that circulate through the Webster County Library.

Reopening Guidelines

The Webster County Library will reopen for patron use on Monday May 18th. Please follow the guidelines listed below when you visit the library.

*Return ALL items to the outside book drop.

*Please limit your time in the library to 30 minutes.

*One member per family at a time, when possible.

*Use our catalog to browse and place items on hold from home.

*Social distancing will be enforced.

*No meeting room use and no programs.

*Computer use limited to 30 minutes.

*If you are feeling unwell, please do not enter the library.

Thank you for your cooperation! We look forward to serving you

Reopening – 18 May 2020

The Webster County Library plans to reopen to the public on Monday, May 18th, with social distancing and other precautionary restrictions in place.   We have a couple of weeks of work ahead of us, to get items in from our Evergreen Consortium and our patrons.  During the week of May 4th we will be receiving deliveries from our courier system, to clear out their warehouse of items that have been circulating throughout the state.  Those items have been in quarantine, so they will be ready to return to our shelves.  Beginning the week of May 11th, our book drops will be open for patrons to return items they previously checked out.   Those items will be cleaned and begin their quarantine period.  We will continue to extend due dates and waive fines.

The Library Board and Staff are looking forward to resuming services and serving our patrons.   In the first phase of our reopening, we will be following recommended social distancing guidelines in the Library.   We ask that our patrons limit their time in the building to 30 minutes, to select materials and check outWhen possible, visits should be limited to one member per family.   All Library materials must be returned to our outside book drops, to minimize staff interaction with materials that may have been exposed to COVID-19.  Newspapers and current issues of magazines will be unavailable for browsing, as they cannot be sanitized or quarantined between uses.   Seating throughout the Library will be very limited during this first stage of reopening, as we want our patrons to move in and out of the Library in an efficient manner.   Evergreen Consortium sharing will not resume until 80% of the consortium libraries are open to the public, and that is unlikely to occur until late May or early June.  The Library meeting rooms will not be available for public use, as they are being utilized for quarantining all returned Library materials.  All programs and group events are cancelled through at least the month of June.

We are implementing many changes to provide the safest environment possible for our staff and patrons.  For example, installing plastic shields at our circulation desks, wiping down frequently touched areas on an hourly basis, providing masks/gloves for staff use, and other changes to our procedures and services you may see on your next visit.

We are all in an unprecedented situation, and we ask that you help us to help you by being patient and respectful of our new normal as it stands today.



Update 2 May 2020: We will begin a phased reopening for the public on 18 May. Book drop will be open on 11 May.

Update 26 March: In accordance with Weber County order 2020-03 we will be closed through 26 April 2020.

The Webster County Library will close beginning at 5pm Tuesday, March 17th, and remain closed through at least April 5th. This has been a difficult decision for the Library. We know that libraries are vital hubs in our communities, especially in difficult times. However, we also value the health and safety of our customers and staff above all else. The information we have received from the public health community suggests that the well-being of our customers and staff is best served by closing our facilities. This is the one situation where we best serve our community by being closed, so we don’t inadvertently spread disease.

Our book drops will also be closed, so please keep your materials at home until the Library reopens. All due dates have been extended through April 6th and no fines will be charged during this time.

We encourage you to go to our website at to explore our online resources including Tumblebooks for kids, Missouri Libraries to Go for free eBooks and eAudiobooks.

We are committed to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so. Stay well!

Please take note!

As a precaution to prevent the spread of corona-virus the Webster County Library has decided to cancel all library programs and close our meeting rooms to public use until further notice.  If you are ill or exhibiting flu-like symptoms we ask that you do not visit our library facilities.  Please call 417-468-3335 if you would like to renew materials you have out or to ask questions about your account.  Thank you for understanding the cancellation of our programs and meeting room use at this time.


Stuck at home or wanting to avoid germs? Don’t forget you can access free eBooks and eAudio from home via our website by choosing the eBooks tab and choosing Missouri Libraries 2 Go.

The 2020 Census at the Webster County Library

The U.S. Constitution requires that a Census, or a count of the United States population, be held every ten years. THIS is that year. Beginning in March, each household will be required to fill out a questionnaire about who lives at that address. For the first time ever you can go online to fill out your census questionnaire. The Webster County Library has several public use computers available to complete your 2020 Census safely and securely!

Most households will receive an invitation to complete their census online in the mail beginning in the middle of March. Even if you haven’t received an invitation, you can still complete your 2020 Census, all you’ll need is your address.

Not computer savvy? You still have the traditional methods of answering your census available. Phone calls to the Census Bureau will also be accepted beginning mid-March, or wait for your paper copy to be mailed to you, fill it out, and then simply mail it back.

The WCL staff are here to help make sure that everyone in Webster County is counted for the 2020 Census. Your accuracy ensures funding for many Webster County programs and services, INCLUDING the Webster County Library. Stop by today to see a sample of the 2020 Census Questionnaire and to get answers to any questions you might have.

Visit the 2020 Census online for more information.

Help us get Webster County Counted!



Spark for Teens

New and improved for 2020! All teens are invited to join us on Tuesday February 4th to “Spark” your creativity!

Our Teen Craft Club will meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month and is open to teens 11-17. Plan on crafts and activities with a focus on science, engineering, art skills, and FUN! Registration is REQUIRED so call or stop by TODAY!

Take Webster County Library With You!

Take Webster County Library with you wherever you go! With Overdrive or Libby by Overdrive, you have access to thousands of eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines and more. Great selections for kids and adults!

With easy to use formats and walk through sign ups both Overdrive and Libby make it simple to check out items for your reading or listening pleasure and NO LATE FEES!       FYI- You can download just one or both Libby and Overdrive apps, both have the same title selections, they just have different styles/formats.

Click on the links below to download to your favorite Apple or Android Devices.


Libby for Apple Products 

Libby for Android Products

Overdrive for Apple Products

Overdrive for Android Products