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The Daviess County Library was established as a county library by the voters in the spring of 1947. The residents of Daviess County voted a tax levy of 10 cents per $100 of the assessed value. In 1992, the residents voted an increase to 20 cents per $100 of the assessed value. Currently the tax levy is .1837 cents, due to Hancock Amendment reassessment.

In September of 1947, services began in the Van Dyke Building on North Main, in Gallatin. The library moved to 215 North Main in August of 1954. We have been at our current location of 306 W. Grand for the past twenty odd years.

The library has a collection of 91,678 books, magazines, audio/visual media, and electronic materials, 23 databases, 8 laptops/Chromebooks, 5 hotspots for lending plus 10 public access computers.  5,781 registered borrowers checked out 22,610 physical items and 8,838 electronic materials during 2019.

Public library districts are supported largely by property tax revenue and state funds. According to the Missouri Public Library Standards Committee, "in order to provide local funding for public libraries, the district tax rate should be increased if the existing levy proves inadequate."

The library staff and board take this opportunity to say "Thanks!" for your ongoing support.
Main Library
306 West Grand,
Gallatin, MO 64640
660.663.3250 fax
Jamesport Branch
101 E. Main Street,
Jamesport, MO 64648

For hours at each library see Locations above.

This web-site is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State

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