Welcome to The Post Memorial Art Reference Library, an independently endowed private foundation, located in the southwest corner of the Joplin Public Library, 300 Main Street, Joplin, Missouri. 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.
In 1981, the Post Library, administered and funded by the estate of the late Winfred and Elizabeth Post, opened to the public. The library was designed to evoke the ambiance of the Posts’ home. It features a fireplace, oak plank floors, Gothic-style arches, and a vaulted ceiling ornamented with corbels formerly in their home. Visitors are welcome to study at an Elizabethan table or enjoy the many fine paintings, sculptures, and furnishings.
Patrons are free to browse the open shelves of the Post Library. However, due to a shortage of shelf space, many books have been placed in storage. Upon request, library staff will gladly retrieve stored materials. The Post collection is indexed in a card catalog located in the Post Library as well as in the Joplin Public Library’s online computer catalog. The materials cannot be checked out but are always available for anyone who wishes to use them.
You can also learn about the Posts and the Post Library by watching this brief video.