Streaming services always available

Caruthersville Public Library features a number of streaming services that help you to enjoy books, audiobooks and other entertainment at any time in the comfort of your own home, with only your library card number needed. (And call us anytime for that if you do not have your card.)

Hoopla, sometimes called “Netflix for libraries”, is a web and mobile library media streaming platform for audio books, comics, e-books, movies, music, and TV. Patrons have unlimited access to its collection of digital media with ten free checkouts a month – and sometimes “Bonus Borrows” months are featured.

RBdigital – We offer its variety of services, including digital magazines, Acorn TV, The Great Courses, Learn It Live, ACT/SAT Test Prep, IndieFlix, and Quello Stingray music and concerts to active users through a personal account. It has now joined forces with OverDrive, making your search for RBDigital content even easier.

Access Video On Demand provides instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos covering a wide range of subjects, such as business, career planning, health, history, travel, and more.

The Just for Kids Streaming Collection for public libraries gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch—Sesame StreetThe Electric CompanyThe Wubbulous World of Dr. SeussThe Berenstain BearsFranklin, and thousands more—plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young patrons. Plus, the collection includes activities for preschoolers and early learners, things to do in an after-school or daycare program, homework help for students, or resources for homeschoolers that they can access anywhere, anytime.


Caruthersville Public Library enters its 100th year of service

On February 18, 2022, Caruthersville Public Library will celebrate its 100th birthday of serving the citizens of the city.

Caruthersville Public Library was founded on February 18, 1922 by the Caruthersville Women’s Club. Its first permanent home was a house which is still visible from Carleton Avenue on 10th Street. In 1940, a WPA project brought a brand-new library to the corner of 10th and Ward. Though that building is now the Caruthersville Municipal Court Building, the word “Library” still visible above the front door. In 2002, a large, modern 12,000 square foot building was built on the orignal Brown Shoe Factory property at the corner of Laurant and West 13th.

Caruthersville Public Library contains over 25,000 books, along with numerous magazines, videos, computers for public use, two conference rooms – one with a large-screen smart television – and the Baxter Southern Auditorium, which is a 104- seat theater/auditorium with projection screen and internet capability for conferences and events. The library also contains a children’s room with books on a variety of reading levels, from board books and easy reading to juvenile fiction and non-fiction, and a genealogy room houses hundreds of volumes for various states. This room, named after Kaye Norton Gill, a prolific area genealogist, contains much of her personal collection of genealogy volumes which she donated to the library before her death.

We have a beautiful fish pond with a waterfall on the back patio under the John L. VanAusdall Jr. Reading Pavilion, a wonderful place to enjoy a lunch, snack, or just some outdoor weather while reading.

Caruthersville Public Library services a population of 5,801 (in 2016) and is supported primarily by city funds, but also receives funding through the state of Missouri, as well as local donations. In 2017, a one-half cent sales tax to support the library was passed overwhemingly.

The Library is governed by the Board of Trustees, who are all residents of the city:

President Terri Callen

Vice-President Shawndrae Isable

Secretary Paige Gillock

Treasurer Sally Fisher

Member John Barnett

Member Karen Clayton

Member Jock Grantham

Member Wenlan Reno

Member Betty Toles

Director: Teresa Tidwell

Head Librarian: Kay Snow


Library Address: 707 West 13th Street

Caruthersville, MO  63830

Phone: (573) 333-2480

Fax: (573) 333-0552