Using The Library

How Do I Get a Library Card?

All new library card applicants, 17 years and older, must present photo identification plus current proof of residency. Applicants under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the library application in the presence of library staff. The parent or guardian must have a current library card in good standing to sign as the responsible party. The item establishing proof of address must be current and can include items such as; recently postmarked mail, utility bill, rent receipt, etc.

A library card shall be issued without charge to any resident of Webster County and to those residing in any county bordering Webster County.

General Information
1. A library card must be presented to check out library materials or use a computer.
2. Each patron must provide the library with a telephone number where he/she can be reached (i.e. home, work, relative, etc).
3. Library cards are not issued to children under the age of five.
4. Library cards require updating annually to ensure accuracy of patron contact information.
5. When patrons use their library card for the first time they are limited to two items.
6. Patrons must use their own library card.
7. There ia a $2 fee to replace a lost card.

How Do I Check Out Books, DVDs, Audiobooks, etc?

 You must present your Webster County Library card in good standing to check out any library material. Lending periods and overdue fines are listed below. Items may be returned to any Webster County Library location. Please attempt to return items to the location you checked them out from.

 “New” Books                                 2 Weeks
Books/Magazines                          3 Weeks
Videos/DVDs (Limit 3)                    1 Week
Audio Books/Playaways (Limit 5)   3 Weeks
Music CDs (Limit 3)                         3 Weeks
Kits (Limit 2)                                   3 Weeks

Books/Magazines                           $.05 per item per day
Videos/DVDs                                   $.50 per item per day
Audio Books/Playaways                  $.50 per item per day
Music CDs                                        $.50 per item per day
Kits                                                  $.50 per day

How Do I View My Account Online?

You may view your account online using our online card catalog from any Internet accessible computer.

What can I do once I have signed in?

How Do I Use a Library Computer?

If you have a Webster County Library card and your account is in good standing, then your library card is all you need to access our public computers. When you sign in for the first time you will create a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and then be asked to confirm it by retyping it.

About your PIN: The PIN is your password to keep others from using your card number to access our computers. The PIN number must be between 3 and 20 characters long. If you forget your PIN we can not give it to you, we can only reset your PIN, then you can create another PIN.

If you are visiting we can provide you with a temporary computer pass, photo ID is required.

Computer time is limited to 1 hour per day. Two computers in Marshfield are dedicated to genealogy use are available with extended time periods. Request a genealogy computer pass from library staff.

The library computers are available to the public and all patrons should use caution when transmitting personal information. Patrons should always sign out or log off of all websites.

The Webster County Library has computers for public use in all of our branches. The use of these computers is governed by our Computer Use Policy and our Internet Safety Policy. Our Marshfield location has Wi-Fi access and information about it is located here: Wi-Fi At Your Library. To read more about our computers and software installed click here.

You may print from our public computers, black and white only, 15 cents per page. You must pay for all pages printed. Ask for staff assistance with printing questions.

How Do I Use WiFi?

The Webster County Library now offers FREE wireless Internet access at the Garst Memorial Library in Marshfield for library patrons to use with their own personal laptops and other mobile devices.

To use our wireless service you need a current Webster County Library card in good standing. Show your card to the library staff and they will provide you with a username and password for accessing the network. If you are visiting we can provide you with a temporary wireless pass, photo ID is required. Our wireless service is only available during our normal operating hours.

Our computer and Internet connection use is governed by our Computer Use Policy and our Internet Safety Policy.

Where Can I Access the Wireless Service?

Currently only within the Garst Memorial Library in Marshfield.

What Do I Need To Access The Wireless Network?

You need a laptop or other mobile device that is equipped with an 802.11b/n compatible wireless device. See the Connection Tips below.

Library staff can provide general information and handouts for connecting your device to our wireless network, but cannot troubleshoot problems or make changes to your device's network settings or hardware configuration. The Library cannot guarantee that your device will work with the library's wireless connection.

How Do I Connect?

In most cases, you should be able to connect with our wireless network by simply turning on your device and scanning for the network or opening up a browser to start surfing. Details on configuring your device for a wireless network may vary depending upon specific models and operating systems. For specific information on how to configure or troubleshoot your wireless connection, you will need to refer to your device's documentation.

Is It Secure?

No. Public wireless networks are not secure. If your device has a firewall it should be enabled.

We do not guarantee the security of patron computers or data while they are using our wireless service.

Is There A Time Limit?

Yes, a 2 hour per day limit.

Can I Print While Connected to WiFi?

No. Printing is only available from our public computers.

Connection Tips:


What Software is Installed on Our Computers?

Our computers have a variety of programs for your office productivity, imaging, and Internet surfing needs.

Microsoft Office Professional - Office applications: Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word. Our version is Office 2002 / XP.

OpenOffice / LibraOffices are open-source office software suites for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases. It can read and write files from other common office software packages – including Microsoft Office. In addition to being installed on our computers, you can download at home and use it completely free of charge for any purpose.

IrfanView is a graphic viewer and editor.

MWSnap is a  program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the computer screen.

Firefox and MS Internet Explorer are available for browsing the Internet.

Our Marshfield branch also has two computers dedicated to genealogy research and a computer in our children's area with educational games installed.

What is Our Internet Safety Policy?

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act, the Library has installed content filtering technology on all computers with Internet access and establishes the following guidelines to protect minors from harmful and inappropriate material:

1.  Any person, including a minor child, who uses a Library computer, must have a valid library card in their own name.

2. Computers with Internet access will be filtered.

3. A minor is any person less than 17 years of age.

4. Parents or guardians are responsible for all computer activity of minors. The library is not responsible for denying computer access or supervising children's activity. Information disclosed by minors via the internet is the sole responsibility of a parent or guardian.

5. Do not display text or graphics that may be legally defined by law as obscenity or child pornography.

6. The Library computers are available to the public and all patrons should use caution when transmitting personal information. Patrons should always sign out or log off of all websites.

Approved November 9, 2010

What is an Acceptable Use of Our Computers?

In order to provide appropriate access for all users, the library has established computer usage guidelines, which are available through the log-in screen of public access computers and on our website. Use of the library computers implies acceptance of these guidelines; violations result in loss of computer privileges. Our system is monitored to ensure adherence to library policies. Any person, including a minor child, who uses a library computer, must have a valid library card in their own name. A list of computer users will be retained for security purposes. Illegal acts involving library resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal officials.

The Internet is a public medium. Content filtering technology is not fail-safe. Users are advised that there can be no expectation of privacy for any transmission or transactions conducted on our public computers. Additionally, the Internet contains a wide variety of material and opinions: not all sources provide information that is accurate, complete or current.

When using library computers patrons must agree to follow these rules. Willful disregard of these rules may result in a loss of computer privileges.

1. Patrons must use their own library card to log on. Using another person's card can result in suspension.

2. Obscenity, pornography and other material deemed harmful to minors may not be viewed.

3. Do not attempt to gain access to the library network or to any outside network for which permission has not been given.

4. Actions that violate any local, state or federal law are prohibited.

5. Patrons should be considerate of all users. One person per computer unless a second person is providing instruction or assisting in computer usage.

6. All applicable laws regarding copyright must be obeyed.

7. Computers may not be used to conduct commercial activities, i.e. operate a business within the library.

8. Patrons may not employ library computers for the purpose of libel, slander, or any form of harassment.

9. Do not download or install programs onto library computers.

10. If the computer acts contrary to what is normal, please do not try to fix the computer yourself. Ask library staff for assistance.

SAVING: If you wish to save your work, do not save it to the computer. When the computer is restarted, any personal work or data will be erased. Please provide your own storage device.

PRINTING: Pages printed from the computers are charged per page. If you are not sure how to print only what you want, please see library staff. You are required to pay for all pages printed. Please be careful when printing.

WI-FI: Wireless access is filtered and patrons agree to abide by all applicable library computer use policies. The library does not guarantee the security of patron computers or data while they are using the wireless connection. Printing to the library printers is not available from wireless devices. Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be made that patrons will be able to make a wireless connection.

Approved by the Webster County Library Board of Trustees on November 9, 2010

How Do I Reserve a Meeting Room?

There are community meeting rooms available at our Marshfield and Rogersville locations. To reserve the meeting room at Marshfield contact Terri at 417-468-3335 or To reserve the meeting room at Rogersville contact Carolyn at 417-753-3220 or

Library meeting rooms are available for use by nonprofit groups abiding by the conditions stated herein.  Personal events or one-on-one meetings, such as birthday parties, bridal showers or interviews, are not allowed. 
1.  Admission may not be charged and all meetings must be open to the public.  No soliciting or selling of products or services not directly connected with the library can take place.  However, groups may conduct such customary activities as collecting dues or coffee money.  Charges for educational supplies may be allowed at the discretion of the library director.
2.  Purposes, objectives or views of groups using the meeting rooms shall not be advertised in a way to suggest that they are endorsed by the library.
3.  The library may not be considered the official address or meeting place of any organization.
4.  For the room at the Marshfield Library: All meetings must begin during the normal operating hours of the library and conclude by 9:30 pm.  After normal library closing hours access to the library proper will be locked.  Upon leaving group representative must ensure the following:
            Meeting room, bathroom and hall lights are off.
            Coffee pot or other electronic devices are off and unplugged.
            Meeting room doors are locked.
            Front door is fully closed and locked.
For the room at the Rogersville Library:  All meetings must be conducted during the normal operating hours of the library. 
5.  Reservations for the meeting rooms are on a first come, first served basis and must be made at least a week in advance.  Library sponsored events shall receive priority in the event of a scheduling conflict.  Meeting room use is limited to one reservation per week per group.  An application for use of a meeting room, including a signature of the responsible party, must be completed by each group at least one week prior to its first scheduled meeting date.  An adult 18 or older must be responsible and in attendance. Download Meeting Room Application For Use here.
6.  Any group using a meeting room is expected to conduct its proceedings in a quiet, orderly manner, and to set up and take down chairs and tables as needed.  Trash must be placed in receptacles and the room left clean and orderly.  Please leave the room arranged in the manner in which it was found.
7.  Tobacco use and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on library premises.  Meals may not be served in the meeting rooms.  A microwave and refrigerator are available for use in serving light refreshments.  Groups are responsible for cleaning up the kitchen area after each meeting.  All supplies stored in the kitchen or meeting area are the property of the library and may not be used.
8.  Groups will be held responsible for any damage to, or theft of, library property.
9.  Each group is responsible for notifying a library staff member when a meeting is complete and the room is vacated.  In order to maintain statistics on facility usage, the library asks each group to report the attendance at each meeting to the library staff.
10.  The library reserves the right to refuse future bookings to groups that fail to appear on scheduled meeting dates or do not abide by the above policies.
11.  The library reserves the right to modify conditions imposed on the use of the meeting rooms when necessary to adapt to the operational needs of the library.


How Do I Register to Vote?

Stop by the Webster County Clerk's office located at the Webster County Courthouse, 101 S Crittenden Street, Rm 12, Marshfield, MO 65706. Their phone number is:417-859-8683 (VOTE).


Stop by our Marshfied or Rogersville Branch to complete a Voter Registration form.

Regardless of where you register you must bring a valid photo ID.

Fines and Fee Schedule

Overdue Fines
     Books / Magazines                          $.05 per item per day
     Videos / DVDs                                 $.50 per item per day
     Audio Books / Playaways                $.50 per item per day
     Music CDs                                        $.50 per item per day
     Kits                                                  $.50 per day

Photocopies                                         $.15/page
(Black and white copies only)
Printing from our public computers      $.15/page 
(Black and white printing only)
Earbuds - Playaways / Computer        $1.50
Interlibrary Loan Fee for a Book          $1.50
Library Card Replacement Fee            $2.00
Barcode Replacement                         $.50
Book Cover Replacement                    $2.00
Case Replacement – Audiobook          $5.00
Case Replacement – DVD or Video      $2.00
CD Replacement – Audiobook              $10.00 per CD
Fines and fees are not charged for normal wear and tear.

How do I Apply for a Job with the Library?

We accept applications even when we are not actively seeking a new employee; we never know when we will have an opening.

Employment Application