Location: Come visit us! We’re one block north of the stop light in California, Missouri (right across the street from City Hall) at 501 South Oak Street. See map.
Hours: The Library Board voted in December 2012 to restore our Tuesday and Thursday morning hours that were cut in 2008 to reduce costs. The library is now open Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. each day. The additional 6 hours per week will mean that the library will be open 45 hours per week to better serve our patrons. Tuesday and Thursday evening hours and Saturday hours remain the same.
Getting a Library Card: Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place is happy to serve the people of Moniteau County. Those who live inside the city limits of California and those who live in the Western Library District of Moniteau County which includes Latham, Clarksburg and Tipton pay county library taxes. These residents may obtain free library cards to use at Wood Place Public Library with proof of residency or payment receipt of Moniteau County library taxes.
Those who live outside the city of California in the Eastern Library District of Moniteau County including Jamestown, High Point, McGirk and Centertown may purchase library cards for an annual fee. The annual fee for all members in a household is $30.00. It is good for twelve months, regardless of when you join. Residents of surrounding counties may also purchase memberships at the above rate. If you have questions, please, call the library @573-796-2642.
Renewing Library Materials: There are several ways to renew library materials.
- Stop by the library and renew in person.
- Call us @ 573-796-2642.
- Email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Create an account so you can log in to your personal library account information; all you need is your library card number. For more details about how you can access your account to check due date, renew items, place a hold on an item, etc., please contact the library for complete instructions or read below.
How Create a Personal Account to Access Your Library Information:
- Go to the Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place home page. Click the “catalog” link on the left. You will see the same catalog page that you see when you use it at the library.
- Click on “Wood Place Library” link in the middle of the page. Then look at the very top of the page in the right hand corner. You will see “Login” and “Create Account” links. Once you have set up an account, you can log in to Destiny (the name of the library software program) and your personal library page will display called “Destiny Quest“. On this page you can keep track of what you have read, what you are currently reading, and what you’d like to read in the future. There is more about what you can do in #5 below. You can see a help button (looks like ?) in the upper right corner to answer your questions.
- To find your specific library account information, go to the top of the page and click on “Exit Quest”. The page will look somewhat like the main catalog page. You will see tabs at the top - click on “My Info” to see what is on your account.
- If you have items checked out, you will be able to renew them by pressing the “renew” or “renew all” link. You will get another 12 days or two weeks loan as Sundays are not counted.
- If you want to reserve or place a book on hold, navigate back to your Destiny Quest page. To go back to Destiny Quest, click on the Tab “Catalog”. On the left side, you will see a “Destiny Quest” tab. In the center top box “Find”, type in the name of the item you want to borrow. Then press “Go”. You may have to look through multiple screens to find the item you want. Double click on the item and you will see information about the item that interests you. You will also see a box in the right hand corner letting you know if it is available (in) or out and several actions for you - put it on hold, put it on one of your lists, or you can make a recommendation for a friend.
Public Access Computers: The library has 14 state of the art public access computers for patrons to use. They are equipped with Microsoft Office Suite and high speed internet service. All computers are connected to a printer which can print black & white or color pages. There is a charge of 25¢/page for B & W printing and $1.00/page for color printing. A daily guest computer pass is available for $1/day for non-patrons.
The library also has two early literacy stations that provide educational games appropriate for pre-readers and beginning readers. One of the stations is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and both are located in the children’s area.
WiFi Connection: You are welcome to visit the library with your laptop and use our wi-fi connection free of charge.
Recycle printer cartridges at the library: Bring your used printer cartridges (any brand) to the library for recycling. Staples will give the library credit when we turn in the used cartridges. That credit can be used to buy copy paper and other office supplies that the library needs. We greatly appreciate everyone who continues to bring in their toner and printer cartridges.
Library Collections: We have a diverse collection of print and non-print materials available for patron use. These include:
- 17,070 books, including children, adult, large print (both fiction and non-fiction)
- 45 magazine subscriptions
- 3 newspapers
- 469 audio books
- 890 DVDs and video tapes
- Numerous online databases with links under the ‘Resource’ tab
Look under the ‘Kids’, ‘Teens and Tweens’ and ‘Adult’ tabs on the left for more details.
Donations: The library will accept donations that can be added to our collection or used in future sales. Remember that we only accept books that are in good condition (no obvious rips, missing pages, mold and mildew, etc.) and of interest to the general public. We do NOT accept college textbooks, old general encyclopedias (more than 10 years old), and Reader's Digest condensed books. The library has very limited storage space and it takes staff time to sort through donations. We generally have used book sales each spring and fall.
Do you know that recycling of old books is available behind California City Hall for the items that we will not accept? This is a wonderful service that our city provides.
The library’s winter weather policy: We will remain open if at all possible, however, if winter weather and poor road conditions require us to close, it will be announced on KRLL, 1420 AM. and KOMU TV, Channel 8. As a guide, if the California R-1 School District closes due to bad weather, the library will usually be closed. However, the library may choose to be open if conditions in town allow it.