Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

501 S. Oak St, California, MO | Fax: 573-796-6108 | Contact Us: 573-796-2642 or

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Our Services

Wood Place Library offers many services for our patrons and the community. If you don’t find the answer to your question below, feel free to call the library @ 573-796-2642 and ask!

copy machine Copier: A copier is available for public use. The fee is 25¢ per page for black & white printing; $1.00 per page for color printing.

Fax Machine: Library staff will be happy to send your fax for $1 a page.

Public Access Computers: The library has 14 public access computers for patrons to use. They are equipped with Microsoft Office Suite and high speed internet service. All computers are connected to a printer which can print black & white or color pages. There is a charge of 25¢/page for B & W printing and $1.00/page for color printing. A daily guest computer pass is available for $1/day for non-patrons who live outside Moniteau County.Computer World

WiFi Connection: You are welcome to visit the library with your laptop and use our wi-fi connection free of charge.

test takingTest Proctoring: We offer free test proctoring services for those taking online college courses. Arrangements must be made in advance by calling Connie. For more information, please call the library.


room rentalMeeting Rooms: Rent the spacious rooms on the second floor for your next business meeting or special event. An elevator is available for public use.

  • Heyssel Hall, a large meeting room that accommodates up to 75 people, has tables and chairs, with a kitchenette and serving counter. Restrooms are available nearby.
  • Bolinger Conference Room, a classroom sized room that can accommodate 20 to 35 people, has tables and chairs. Restrooms are available nearby.

Rentals for non-profit groups are: up to 4 hours, $10; full-day, $20.
For-profit organizations or individuals rates are: up to 4 hours, $25; full-day, $50.
A refundable key deposit of $50.00 is required if scheduling an event during non-library hours.
To reserve a room or for more information, call 573-796-2642.

More detailed information is found on the Meeting Room Policy & Reservation Form

Clubs: The library has several groups that meet regularly to share common interests. Click on the “Adult” tab on the left for other programming available.

Book ClubThe Book Club is not currently active.  We hope to revive it when a new tax levy is passed.


Sewing Club

Wood Place Bookworm Sewers & Quilters: Groups meet in Heyssel Hall

  • Quilters meet 10-4 on Tuesdays. Bring your machine and work on a group project or your own project.  Kathy Shoemaker is the leader of the group.
  • Sewers meet 6-8 pm Tuesday evenings. Join this group to sew a variety of projects of your choice with assistance from the group members if needed. Equipment needed for both groups: sewing machine & fabrics. Heyssel Hall
  • Programming for Children, Tweens and Teens: During our limited hours, we are unable to host the many programs we used to be able to do. Please click on the appropriate tab on the left for complete information and watch the home page for any announcements of special events.  


HSQ logoHigh School Equivalency formerly known as GED (General Education Diploma) The library is no longer hosting HSE classes. For more information on the High School Equivalency classes in other areas, call Adult Education & Literacy Office in Jefferson City @ 573-659-3122. 

ESLESL (English as a Second Language) classes are held in the Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. during the school year.  Rosetta Stone language software is used in these classes. Kathy Burns and Paulette Fischer are the instructors. To enroll or for more information, you can contact Kathy at 796-3484 at home or 573-569-1645 (cell).


Upcoming Events


We are thrilled to announce that the November 7th ballot measure has passed by near 70%! In 2018, the new Moniteau County Library will be operating on private donations and support from the Elia Wood Paegelow Foundation, since tax receipts will not be received until December 2018.

However, there are some expanded services that will be provided, such as Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements with surrounding area library systems, and a Summer Reading Program taken to rural schools in the county, if we are awarded a Summer Reading Program Grant from the Missouri State Library.  The courier service will be reinstated for interlibrary loan requests beginning December 1.

We look forward to implementing the expanded services that have been featured in the campaign in 2019 after the receipt of tax funds.

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those on the campaign committee who worked tirelessly on this ballot issue. If you voted Yes and Yes to establish a library district and secure public funding for library services, we thank you for your support. If you voted No, we invite you to visit the library to discover it's value to you and all Moniteau County residents.

New Moniteau County Library District Board Organizes

library board
L to R:  Connie Gerling, Library Director; Sara Rohrbach, Holly Bieri, Bill Boies, Laura Burger, and Lana Dicus

The members of the new Moniteau County Library Board were appointed by the County Commissioners and sworn in by Roberta Elliott on November 8.  On Thursday, November 9 they met to organize and elect officers.  President - Laura Burger; Vice President - Bill Boies; Secretary - Sara Rohrbach.; Treasurer - Holly Bieri; member - Lana Dicus  They will officially take over operation of the library on January 1, 2018.

WOOD PLACE LIBRARY Hours for the remainder of 2017:
M-W 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
T-TH 2 P.M. - 6 P.M.
F 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.

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The Library will be closed 
on Thursday & Friday,
November 23-24
        for Thanksgiving.   


ink cartridges

Here's a great way to help the library with supply costs. We are out of ink cartridges to recycle at Staples for store credit.  All brands and sizes may be turned in at the library so that each month we may recycle up to 20 cartridges for $40.00 credit.  The community has been helpful in the past so that we can use this fantastic program to help stretch the library budget.  We're counting on your help again.  Thanks!


QUILT Winner Announced


$5 Bag Book Sale in Prograss 

book sale photo
It's time for the clearance Book Sale.  Stop by the library and fill a grocery bag for $5 with a 
variety of Adult Fiction and Non-fiction in hardback or mass market paperback format.  There are also children and youth books available.  Get some great reading material and help the library at the same time.


Wood Place Library has a Facebook page! Visit us for news and updates about what is happening at your local library. "Like" us to help get the word out about how we serve the Moniteau County community. 





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