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About the Library

The McDonald County Library is made up of three branches: A main branch in Pineville (built in 1984), a community library branch in Noel (opened in 1998), and the Anne Croxdale Memorial Library in Southwest City (opened in 2011).mcdonald-county-libraries-map

Your McDonald County library card is valid at all three locations!

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Pineville Library

808 Bailey Road
Pineville, Missouri 64856
Phone: 417-223-4489
Fax: 417-223-4011

Pineville Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9 AM – 6 PM
Friday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 3 PM

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Noel Library

626 Johnson Drive
Noel, Missouri 64854
Phone/Fax: 417-475-3223
Noel Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 3
CLOSED Saturday

Click here for a MAP to the Noel Library

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Anne Croxdale Memorial
(Southwest City) Library

102 N. Main
Southwest City, Missouri 64863
Phone: 417-762-READ (417-762-7323)
Fax: 417-762-7322
Southwest City Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 3 PM

McDonald County Library Mission Statement:

The library will meet the educational, recreational, informational, and cultural needs of the citizens of McDonald County by offering a professionally selected and well-organized collection of library materials and access to information through appropriate technologies.

Frequently Asked Questions About:

Check Out Policies

What can I check-out?

Item: How Many? How Long?
New Books 2 2 wks
Other Books 6 4 wks
Magazines 6 4 wks
New Audios 2 2 wks
Other Audios 6 4 wks
Videos 3 1 wk
DVDs 2* 1 wk

*Only 2 DVDs may be checked out per card, with a limit of 2 New DVDs per family.

Can I renew my materials?

  • Yes, in person or by phone.
  • Yes, if they are not yet overdue.
  • Yes, if they aren’t on reserve for another patron.
  • Yes, but just once.

Must I return my materials to the same library where I checked them out?

Not anymore! We now accept items at any branch, and will shuttle them back to the location they belong. However, it is preferable to return items to the branch it was checked out from, so that we may more quickly make the item available to other patrons waiting to check it out. This is especially true with new bestsellers and DVDs.

What if my materials are late?

You can’t check out anything else until you bring back your overdue materials. You will be fined:

For: Late Fees are:
Books $0.15 a day each
Audios $0.15 a day each
Videos $0.30 a day each
DVDs $0.30 a day each

There is a limit of $3.00 per item. Even if you can’t afford to pay your fine, bring the materials back anyway, please.

What if my materials get lost or damaged?

You will be charged the publisher’s list cost, plus the cost of processing the materials.

Can I have my library privileges taken away?

Yes, the abuse of library privileges can result in the loss of library privileges.

If I lose my library privileges, can I get them back?

Yes, you will need to start by speaking to the librarian.

What if I lose my library card?

We will happily provide you with a new one for a $1.00 replacement fee.

If you frequently lose your card, additional fees may be imposed.

Getting a Library Card

Everyone is encouraged to apply for a free library card!
You can read our 1 page checklist and apply at any McDonald County Library branch location: (51k PDF) or (39 k GIF image)
Or you can choose to fill out your application at home in advance, and then bring it in to the library: (20k PDF)

You can get a free library card if:library_card_checklist

  • You are a resident of the county and are over the age of 16 and provide identification.
  • You are a resident under the age of 16 and have your guardian’s signed permission.
  • You are a non-resident who owns property in the county and provide identification.

If none of the above applies, you can pay $10.00 per year or $3.00 for three months (limited check out privileges may apply).

Please remember to bring some sort of printed identification showing your current address. (State-issued ID, utility reciept, etc…)

All new applicants will be limited to one item per card until their address can be verified.  We will send a verification postcard to the address given on the application, and when you return that postcard, full rights and privileges will be granted.

Library Services

Community Room

The library’s community rooms, available at both the Pineville and Southwest City Libraries, is available for use by non-profit groups and organizations of a civic, cultural, or educational character. You must apply for use of the community room and pre-schedule all meetings. Ask for more information at the front desk.

Inter-Library Loan

If the book you are looking for is not in our collection, we can usually get it for you in a matter of days through inter-library loan. We can also provide copies of magazine articles through this service. Ask for an inter-library loan form at the front desk. There is a charge of $1.00 per request if the item comes through the courier service, OR postage if it comes through the mail, payable upon receipt of the book.  This service is available at all locations.

You can now do an online search of ALL Available Libraries (several hundred of them) to find exactly the book you are looking for, and then have your request automatically emailed to our staff for fast processing. Try it here.


The library has many computers available for patrons’ use at all locations. Internet access and a wide variety of programs are available.
(See Computer Policies for more information).

Best Sellers Club

Members of the Best Sellers Club are notified when the library receives books by their favorite authors. To join, ask at the front desk at either location for a form that lists the authors for which this service is available.

Summer Reading Program

Each summer, the library hosts weekly children’s programs for children ages four to twelve to encourage reading all summer long. Programs are available at both locations.

Weekly Story Times

All preschool toddlers are invited to Story Time! We have a fun 30 minutes of stories, puppets, songs and rhymes, crafts and snacks. And we also have a LOT of fun!
Every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. (except during holidays and library closings, and during June & July when we have the Summer Reading Program instead).


The library staff is trained to assist patrons in finding the information they need. You may visit the library or send an e-mail to with your reference questions.

Fax and Copier Service

You may copy library materials or personal papers at any Library for $0.10 per page for B&W, or $0.50 per page in full color. Faxing is available for $1.00 a page to send and $0.25 per page to receive.


The library has an extensive genealogy section which focuses on McDonald County and Southwest Missouri. You may e-mail genealogy queries to Velta Strong at the Pineville Main Branch:

Computer Policies


In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the McDonald County Library endeavors to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of the citizens of McDonald County. It is within this context that the Library offers access to the Internet.

McDonald County Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Internet is a global entity with a diverse user population, and it is the responsibility of the user to use this resource wisely. All use of the library’s computers shall be for or in support of research, education, or public service.

It is unacceptable to use the library’s computers for purposes which violate any federal, state, or local law. It is unacceptable to use the library’s computers in a manner that is harmful or harassing to others. It is unacceptable to use the library’s computers in a manner that disrupts normal network use and service. Such disruption would include (but is not limited to) the propagation of computer viruses, the violation of personal privacy, and the unauthorized access to protected and private network resources. It is unacceptable to use the library’s computers for commercial activities including (but not limited to) commercial solicitation of business. All patrons wishing to use the computers must sign in at the desk and show either
their library card of identification indicating that the person is over the age of 15.

Children and the Internet

All Internet resources accessible through the library are provided equally to all library users. Children of any age may use the computers while their parents are in the library.

It is the policy of the library to not usurp the rights and responsibilities of parents. For this reason, parents or guardians (not the library or its staff) are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents are advised to supervise their children’s Internet sessions. As a part of supporting parents in their role, the library gives parents of children under the age of 16 the choice of deciding whether or not children may use the library’s computers at times when the parent is not in the library. Parents wishing to allow their children to use the library’s computers will be asked to sign a card acknowledging their consent.

Each patron who wishes to use a public computer must sign a paper copy of the following Computer Usage Acknowledgment Statement.

I, ____________________, a patron of the McDonald County Library, have been advised that public use of the Library’s computers, including
Internet access, is to be solely for academic or personal research, education, and recreation. Therefore, the Library does not condone the use of these machines for accessing pornographic or illegal sites or information.

Though we respect the rights of our patrons, this is a public institution, which must remain a healthy learning environment for all who use it.

I understand that if I am found to be in violation of the Library’s policy, by using the computers for inappropriate purposes, my computer privileges will be revoked.


Other Rules of Usage

The librarian will develop and implement rules of usage involving equitable access for all patrons, security issues, and other issues which may arise as they are deemed necessary by the Board of Trustees and/or the librarian.

The full text of the Current Policies of the McDonald County Public Library is available at the “PATRON POLICIES” page.

Checking My Account online

To Check the status of your account (what items are checked out to you, when they are due, fines/overdues, items reserved or waiting to be picked up, etc…):

  1. Go to our library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) search page.
  2. Click “My Items” from the menu.
  3. Under the “Patron Username or Barcode” box, you MUST Input your library card number WITH LEADING ZEROES.
    (Examples: 00091111 or 00111111)
  4. In the “Patron PIN” box, enter the EXACT same number as you entered above in the Barcode box.

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS: Please contact the library, and ask to “verify the PIN number in your patron record.”

Reserving an Item online

To reserve a book, movie, or audiobook online:

  1. Go to our library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)  and search for the item you wish to reserve.
  2. Once you have found the item you want, click the name of the item (Usually Highlighted In Blue) to bring up the items details.
  3. Under Location Information, click [Reserve This Item].
  4. Under the “Patron Username or Barcode” box, you MUST Input your library card number WITH LEADING ZEROES.
    (Examples: 00091111 or 00111111)
  5. In the “Patron PIN” box, enter the EXACT same number as you entered above in the Barcode box.
  6. Click the “Reserve This Item” button.

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS: Please contact the library, and ask to “verify the PIN number in your patron record.”

Reusing/reprinting content from this website

Reusing/reprinting content from this website will usually be allowed under most circumstances upon request. Simply contact us with the specifics of your request by filling out this simple webform.

* indicates required field

(Note: Business use is allowed under certain circumstances, and checking this box will not automatically disqualify your request.)

For All Other Questions Not Answered Here…

General Library Questions can be directed to
or by calling our library staff at the main branch in Pineville: (417) 223-4489