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The Columbia Public Library will be closed Sunday, April 20 for Easter.

Columbia Renovation Update:
The third floor reading room is closed. Concrete work is taking place on the north entrance plaza, but the north entrance is still accessible via a temporary walkway.

Library News

Interview With Trustee Philip Harrison

Philip Harrison

Phil and his family have called Columbia home for over four decades. He is retired from the University of Missouri system, where he worked for ten years as assistant to the president. Now he fills his time with volunteer activities (for the City, his church and an organization called CASA), reading and foreign travel. Read more »

Explore the Library’s Digital Branch

Just as you do your banking, shopping and bill-paying online, you can get your library services online. You’ll find almost everything you do at a library building, you can also do at www.dbrl.org, which we call our digital branch. Read more »

A Note From the Director

Melissa Carr, DBRL Director

Though the Civil War took place 150 years ago, it had such a profound impact on the nation and on those living in Boone and Callaway Counties that it remains relevant and interesting to us today. Between August 10-October 6, I invite you to visit the interactive display “A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri” at the Columbia Public Library. Read more »

Test Drive an E-reader

e-reader testing station

Look for our special e-reader test drive cart on the first floor by the media desk at the Columbia Public Library. Try a Kindle, an iPad and a Nook and ask our staff questions about how to use each of them. This rolling demo will also be traveling to our Fulton and Ashland libraries soon. Read more »

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