Rule Change: Library Certification Requirement for the Protection of Minors

Serving Carter County Since 1931

The Library was established in 1931 by a group of ladies called the Queen Ann Civic Club. This group donated the first set of books. Money was raised by holding food and rummage sales. The Poplar Bluff Library gave them books and from this the library was moved from a private home to a vacant room in the Carter County Courthouse. They had accumulated 18,000 books and operated without pay. In 1947, Carter County voted a one mill library tax and the first librarian was hired. The Library has moved several times and due to the flood of 2008 we were able to move to our present location.




Internet Access

Copy Services

Attention to all needing help with a job:

Jonathan Dawe from the Missouri Job Center is coming to the library every Tuesday here at Van Buren from 9-3:45 to help job seekers find employment and training. If interested come to the library or email Jonathan Dawe at to set up an appointment or just come in on Tuesdays.

Our Summer Reading Program is Now on Facebook Live!


Van Buren Branch

403 Ash St
Van Buren, MO 63965

Tel: (573) 323-4315

Hours of Operation:
Mon. 8-5
Tues. 8-5
Wed 8-5
Thurs. 8-5
Fri. 8-5



Ellsinore Branch

RR2 Box 17
Ellsinore, MO 63937
Hours of Operation:
Mon., Wed., and Fri. 10-6



Grandin Branch

 201 S Plum Street
Grandin, MO 63943
Hours of Operation:
Tues. & Thurs. 9-5