LIBRARY NEWS

January 30, 2023

Cedar Hill Branch Opening Soon!

We can't wait to celebrate the opening of our newest location - a satellite branch in Cedar Hill.

Serving the community of Cedar Hill and beyond, the branch offers a children's area, public computers and printing, and a drive-through service for holds pickups!

We invite you to participate in our Grand Opening ceremony, on February 20th from 11-1 p.m., at 6780 Mall Dr., Cedar Hill, MO 63016.

December 16, 2022

JCLD's Facilities truck has a new look! Check it out!

November 29, 2022


Jefferson County Library District patrons,

Missouri’s Secretary of State is proposing a new administrative rule that would restrict state funding to public libraries based on new collection development policy requirements.


The rule states, in part, that "no funds received shall be used to purchase or acquire materials in any form that appeal to the prurient interest of any minor." You can read the proposed rule here.

Jefferson County Library’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution regarding the proposed rule at their meeting on November 21. You can read the resolution below.

A 30-day public comment period regarding the rule is open from November 15-December 15. If you are interested in submitting a comment you can do so by the methods below:

  • By email to comments@sos.mo.gov. Type the proposed rule number, 15 CSR 30-200.015, in the subject field.



  • By mail to Missouri Secretary of State, P.O. Box 1767, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Jefferson County Library encourages parents and guardians to foster a love of reading, creativity, and a strong sense of imagination in their children – all of which are found in abundance at the library. The Library has an established collection development policy that supports the best interests of children, families and our patrons. We value parents’ and guardians' involvement in how their children use the library.

We believe our collection development policies serve our patrons effectively and reflect the diversity of the age, race, ethnicity, culture, education, socioeconomic level and lifestyle of the communities we serve.

The Library upholds the rights of each individual to privately read, listen to, and view the full range of published thought and ideas. The Library subscribes to the principles embodied in the Library Bill of Rights and its interpretations, Freedom to Read Statement and Freedom to View Statement adopted by the American Library Association.

We are always sensitive to any possibility of censorship and restriction of equitable access to books and other vital Library materials. We believe parents and guardians should be arbiters on what is suitable for their own children, and are wary of any third parties – including the State of Missouri – to impose those choices on others.

Since 1989, Jefferson County Library has provided resources and services to enrich individual minds, enhance lives and expand perspectives. We look forward to continuing to serve our Jefferson County community.



November 21, 2022


Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees - Resolution Opposing 15 CSR 30-200.015 Library Certification Requirement for the Protection of Minors submitted by the Missouri Secretary of State

WHEREAS, the Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees believes that the right to read is an important part of the intellectual freedom that is basic to democracy;

WHEREAS, the Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees upholds the belief that responsibility for a child’s reading must rest with the parent or guardian, not with the library. The library will not infringe on the parent’s right to choose materials for their children; and

WHEREAS, the Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees does not support the removal of local control where library administration is concerned.

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Jefferson County Library:

1. Stands steadfast in its commitment to uphold intellectual freedom;

2. Defends a patron’s freedom to read and asserts that it is the sole right and responsibility of the parent or guardian to determine what library material is appropriate for their children; and

3. Affirms that policy and collection development decisions should remain at the local level.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Jefferson County Library:

1. Urges the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to reject 15 CSR 30-200.015.

ADOPTED this 21st day of November 2022