Meet the Board – Philip Harrison

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2019

Board Member Philip Harrison

Phil Harrison and his family have called Columbia home for over four decades. Phil 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, reading and foreign travel. He and his wife have three daughters, one in St. Louis and two in Chicago: a postdoc at Washington University, an actor and a speech pathologist.

What’s New Online at www.dbrl.org

Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

CreativebugIf you’re interested in knitting, painting, cooking, sewing or other arts and crafts, take a look at the streaming video classes offered by Creativebug and now available through the Daniel Boone Regional Library website. With your library card, you get unlimited access to more than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes for all skill levels taught by recognized design experts and artists.

With the library’s new online registration system, you can reserve library meeting spaces online or register for library events and classes with a few clicks.

A Note From the Director: Benefits of Your Regional Library System

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Margaret ConroyThis October, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL). This anniversary marked the start of the regional contract between library districts in Mid-Missouri to provide library services to their residents. Currently, DBRL is made up of two tax-supported library districts: the Callaway County Library District and the Columbia and Boone County Library District (covering all of Boone County except Centralia, which has its own library district).

The regional system concept allows libraries to work together under a formal, legal contract as a single entity. When you hear or read “Daniel Boone Regional Library,” you know that we are operating on behalf of all of our members.

60 Years of Change at DBRL

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Columbia Public Library groundbreaking, 1969Back in the 1950s, the Missouri State Library promoted the formation of regional library systems throughout the state. Several Mid-Missouri library districts recognized the value of this initiative and came together to form the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) system in 1959. Today DBRL serves 223,303* people throughout Boone and Callaway Counties.

*Based on U.S. Census projections for 2017.

Reserve Library Meeting Space Online

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

CPL Conference Room BMany non-profit community groups use public meeting space at our libraries. Now it’s even easier to reserve meeting and study rooms through our new online reservation system. You can see a live view of which rooms and times are available and request a reservation with a few clicks. Room reservation requests will also continue to be accepted over the phone.

Online Program Registration Now Available

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Online program registration now availableWith the debut of the library’s new Events section, you can now register online for library programs and classes by clicking the “Register” button that appears below an event listing. You will receive email and text reminders of your registration, as well as notifications if an event is canceled or rescheduled. Call-in registrations will also continue to be accepted.

Exhibits From the Library Archives

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2019

library staff member at 80s-era computer monitorIn 1959, several Mid-Missouri library districts came together to form the Daniel Boone Regional Library system. Today DBRL serves 223,303* people throughout Boone and Callaway Counties, and we want to include you in celebrations of our 60-year milestone. As part of our celebrations, we’re featuring displays at two of our libraries. The following are on display throughout October.

A Note From the Director: How Are We Doing?

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019

Margaret ConroyHappy spring! Here at DBRL we have been busy working on new services, like opening the new branch in Holts Summit and deploying our new Book Rover to area childcare centers. We’re also gearing up for our annual One Read program and Summer Reading. As busy as we are, we find it is again time to pause a moment to take stock of how we are doing. To help us learn whether we are on track in serving your needs, we will be conducting a survey this summer to get your feedback on our current services, and to ask for suggestions on how we can serve you better.