Free Tax Help Resumes

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Tax forms illustration by US Air ForceThe tax aide volunteers at the Columbia Public Library are again available to help people fill out their income tax returns before the extended deadline of July 15. Please note some changes in how the service is offered so that the process is safer for both the preparer and client.

Reservations are required. No walk-ins are allowed. Those needing assistance can call the Columbia Public Library at (573) 443-3161 to add their name to a list. Masks are required.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Posted on Friday, June 5, 2020

The library actively supports diversity in our communities as affirmed by our Principles of Community statement.

We are deeply saddened by the killing of George Floyd and the pain that has caused. We are grieving with our community, and especially our Black friends and neighbors.

As your public library, we pledge to continue working toward building a community that embraces diversity. Our doors are open to give all equal opportunity to live a rewarding life.

Thank You for Supporting Proposition L

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

We’re so appreciative that the Callaway County voters value their library and passed Proposition L. Now we’ll be able to expand the library’s outreach services to more seniors and preschoolers throughout the county, add more digital and printed reading materials to the collection and keep the Holts Summit Public Library open with expanded hours.

This is a bright spot in a most challenging year. Thank you to everyone who supported, campaigned and voted “yes” for the library levy.

Libraries Reopen With Limited Hours and Services

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2020

Library facilities reopening with limited hours and servicesAll branches of the Daniel Boone Regional Library are now open, with limited hours. Visitors and staff are required to wear a face mask while in the library. In accordance with the Boone County health order currently in force, occupancy limits are lifted but patrons are still being asked to limit visits to an hour. Curbside hold pickup is available in Ashland, Columbia and Fulton.

“A Gentleman in Moscow” Chosen for One Read 2020

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles chosen for One Read 2020The community has chosen “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles for this year’s One Read event. The community is given the summer to read the book in preparation for related programming, including a tentatively planned virtual author talk, in September.

One Read provides opportunities for us to connect as a community, with a book as the catalyst for that connection,” said One Read co-chair Lauren Williams. “This book is a piece of historical fiction that lets us reflect on the past as well as on the present. It even allows us to discuss some topics that tie back to the pandemic, like isolation and resilience.”

Curbside Pickup Now Available for Reserved Materials

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020

Curbside Pickup Now AvailableAs part of the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s phased-in reopening plans, library patrons can place holds online or by calling their library, and pick up their requests at designated curbside pickup spots. “Our library buildings will remain closed and bookmobiles won’t be making visits yet, but we are offering curbside pickup beginning May 18 for holds at the Callaway County, Columbia and Southern Boone County Public Libraries. People in southern Callaway and in northern Boone can pick up holds from the Library-To-Go lockers in Holts Summit and Hallsville,” said Margaret Conroy, executive director of the Daniel Boone Regional Library.

One Read Voting Begins

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2020

Vote for your favorite for One Read 2020Last fall, the Daniel Boone Regional Library invited the community to nominate books for One Read 2020, the community-wide reading program. In January, a panel of community members reviewed the 160 suggestions and narrowed that list down to 10, and then chose two books to present for a public vote. You cay vote online at for your preferred choice through April 24.

This year’s choice is between “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles and “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Topic Guide Our COVID-19 topic guide lists trustworthy resources containing general information, medical advice and information for parents and child care providers.

Library Closing Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020

Library facilities closed due to COVID-19 precautionsAll Daniel Boone Regional Library facilities and services will be closed indefinitely beginning Tuesday, March 17 due to concerns for public and staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, due dates will be extended, holds will be suspended and the book drops will be locked.

This page will be updated as further information is available.

Canceled Programs for Spring 2020

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020

All our libraries are currently open for regular hours and most scheduled programs will still take place. In light of the evolving public health situation related to the new coronavirus, however, some programs have been canceled by cosponsoring groups or presenters.

The following programs have been canceled. We will keep this list updated.