Post Art Library is a special collections library-plus-art-gallery that provides arts & cultural services and materials for the Joplin Public Library in Joplin, Missouri. We further enjoy hosting monthly exhibits featuring local artists, participating in local arts activities and celebrations, and collaborating with like-minded organizations to enhance our community’s arts & cultural opportunities. Administered by the independently endowed Winfred L. & Elizabeth C. Post Foundation, Post Art Library is located in the Post Memorial Wing (SW corner) of the Joplin Public Library.
Visitors to the bright and modern public library are often startled when they cross the threshold guarded by the stone lion and dog. They feel that they have been transported to another time and place. Our library was designed to evoke the ambiance of the Posts’ Tudor mansion. It features a fireplace, oak plank floors, Gothic-style arches, and a vaulted ceiling ornamented with corbels formerly in their home.
Post Art Library houses a special collection of over 2,000 materials that focus on art, architecture, history, and preservation. Although items are available for check-out only to those with a Joplin Public Library card in good standing, all are welcome to browse and reference our materials. The collection is indexed in a card catalog located in the Post Art Library proper, as well as in the Joplin Public Library’s online catalog. We also maintain an extensive paper archive regarding Joplin arts, architecture, history, and preservation.