Getting a Library Card

Library cards issued by any of the public libraries within Stone County or by mail will be honored by all the Stone County public libraries provided that the borrower is in good standing with the library system.

Applicants for a library card are required to present proof of residency or property ownership. Required proof may be in the form of any one of the following items.

  • A valid driver’s license with a current address.
  • A state issued identity card
  • Current property tax receipt.
  • A valid voter’s registration card
  • A current utility bill showing patron’s name and address

If non-picture identification is presented staff may also require a picture ID as additional proof.

Those residing outside of the county will be charged $30 per year per household.

Adults who are unable to visit a branch location to obtain a library card may request an application form be mailed to them.  Once the completed application form is returned, along with a photocopy of the applicant’s driver’s license, a library card will be issued and mailed to the applicant.  The Missouri Driver’s license, used as proof of residence, must be currently valid and have a Stone County address.

Minor Library Cards

Per the State of Missouri, a minor is considered an individual 17 years old and younger. Each minor must have a parent, or legal guardian, sign a library card application before they are able to check out materials from Stone County Library. By signing this form. The parent or guardian takes financial responsibility for anything the minor may check out. They also agree that it is the parent’s responsibility to determine what is appropriate for their child to check out. In addition, minors are required to have an adult family member with a card and the accounts will be linked. The adult card must be in good standing at the time.

The Stone County Library has adopted the American Library Association Freedom to Read and Freedom to View statements.  Parents—and only parents—have the right and responsibility to restrict access of their children to library resources. Parents who do not want their children to have access to certain library services, materials, or facilities should so advise their children. Librarians and library governing bodies cannot assume the role of parents or the functions of parental authority in the private relationship between a parent and child.

The library cannot determine what “age appropriate” is for each minor. In general, the library collectins for patrons under age 18 are split into the “E” collection, which is intended for ages birth to 2nd grade, the “J” section which is intended for patrons 3rd grade through 8th grade, and the “YA” collection which is intended for patrons in 9th grade and above, however this is only a recommendation. Parents and guardians with concerns should review titles prior to their minor reading or watching.