Frequently asked questions

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Location of the Library

Come visit us! We’re one block north of the stop light in California, Missouri (right across the street from City Hall) at 501 South Oak Street. 


Obtaining a Library Card

All residents of Moniteau County are currently able to obtain a library card free of charge with proof of residence and a driver's license or other form of identification.

  1. Create an account so you can log in to your personal library account information; all you need is your library card number. For more details about how you can access your account to check due date, renew items, place a hold on an item, etc., please contact the library for complete instructions or read below.

How Login to Your Personal Account to Access Your Library Information:

  1. Go to the Moniteau County Library home page. Click the “catalog” link INCLUDE ACTUAL POSITION OF LINK. You will see the same catalog page that you see when you use it at the library.

  2. In the account box in the upper right hand corner, click “log on.” To log on use the letter “p” and your library card number (pXXXX) The password is your last name with a capital first letter (Lastname). On this page you can keep track of what you have read, what you are currently reading, and what you’d like to read in the future. There is more about what you can do in #5 below. You can see a help button (which resemble a question mark “?”), in the upper right corner to answer your questions.

  3. If you have items checked out, you will be able to renew them by pressing the “renew” or “renew all” link. You will get another two weeks loan period.

  4. If you want to reserve or place a book on hold then press “Go”. You may have to look through multiple screens to find the item you want. Click on the item and you will see information about the item that interests you. You will also see a box in the right hand corner letting you know if it is available (in) or out, put it on hold or put it on one of your lists.

Using the Online Public Access Catalog (opac)

Tutorial videos are available here to give Atriuum OPAC users the basic tools for navigating the OPAC. Learn how to quickly and efficiently perform a variety of searches to find the information you need!

Public Access Computers

The Moniteau County library has 14 public access computers for patrons to use. They are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite and high speed internet service. All computers are connected to a printer which can print black and white or color pages. There is a charge of 25¢/page for black and white printing and $1.00/page for color printing. A daily guest computer pass is available for non-patrons.

The library also has six early literacy stations that provide educational games appropriate for pre-readers and beginning readers. One of the stations is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and both are located in the children’s area.

See our Privacy and Terms of Use page for specific information your use of our computers and network.

WiFi Connection

You are welcome to visit the library with your laptop, tablet or phone and use our Wi-Fi connection free of charge during normal library operating hours.

See our Privacy and Terms of Use page for specific information your use of our computers and network.

Recycle printer cartridges at the library

Bring your used printer cartridges (any brand) to the library for recycling. Staples will give the library credit when we turn in the used cartridges. That credit can be used to buy copy paper and other office supplies that the library needs. We greatly appreciate everyone who continues to bring in their toner and printer cartridges.

Library Collections

We have a diverse collection of print and non-print materials available for patron use, including:

  • 18,363 books, including children, adult, large print (both fiction and non-fiction)

  • 20 magazine subscriptions

  • 3 newspapers

  • 577 audio books

  • 955 DVDs 

  • 19,652 eBooks/digital audio books through MOLib2Go consortia

  • Numerous reference links under the ‘Resource’ tab look under the ‘Kids’, ‘Teens and Tweens’ and ‘Adult’ tabs for more details.

Winter Weather Policy

We will remain open if at all possible, however, if winter weather and poor road conditions require us to close, it will be announced on our Facebook page, this website, and on KRLL radio at 1420 AM.  As a guide, if the California R-1 School District closes due to bad weather, the library will usually be closed.  However, the library may choose to be open if conditions in town allow it.