This local public library is the largest between Springfield and Tulsa. Housing over 100,000 books, magazines and reference ... More
Joplin Public Library
This local public library is the largest between Springfield and Tulsa. Housing over 100,000 books, magazines and reference materials, they also have information available in print and non-print format.
I've always had a great experience at the JPL Public Library! We visit the children's section often and are always greeted by all of their wonderful staff! Then even at the check out everyone's friendly as well! :) Thanks for all you're hard work JPL Public Library!
This library has a collection of over 100,000 items, from books of all kinds (and for all ages) to DVDs and a large assortment of periodicals. Unlike what another reviewer claims, the library only charges $40 per year (per household) to be members, and ONLY if you live outside the library's tax district. People who live in the city limits of Joplin already pay the $40 through their taxes (although they may not realize it!), so the "nonresident" fee is only there to make sure everybody who wants to use the library is contributing to it. It wouldn't be fair for everyone in town to have to pay, and then everyone outside of town to get to use the library for free!
The Joplin Public Library is a very nice library. I go there all the time. They have lots and lots of books, movies, audio books, comic books, and cds. They have areas specifically serving children, teens, and adults. It is obvious that the staff of JPL cares about their patrons and their library. They are always nice when I'm there. Their programming for children and teens is second to none. If I didn't know better, I'd say JPL was a big city's library!
And to correct a previous reviewer, if you live outside the city limits of Joplin, the nonresident fee is only $40 per year and takes care of everyone who lives in your house. Compared to the cost of buying books or renting movies, I'd say that's a good deal.
I live in Joplin, and visit the library occasionally in hopes that it has improved but I am continually disappointed by it.
For a town the size of Joplin, the library has depressingly few books. It appears a large library at first glance, but has many large open areas of little use, and of those shelves which are full there are large sections of videos.
More of a problem is that if you don't live inside the city limits they charge 75$ a year to use the library. I can only assume that they use this to pay for the 3 extra librarians which appear to be standing behind the counter talking all the time (usually without bothering to help the one person with a long line of people trying to leave) because they aren't using the money to buy new books.