Welcome to the Post Art Library, which is administered by the independently endowed Post Foundation and 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. Visitors are welcome to study at an Elizabethan-style table or enjoy the many fine paintings, sculptures, furnishings, and local art exhibitions.

The Post Art Library houses a special collection that focuses on art, architecture, (local) history, and historic preservation. Historically, our collection was available for in-house use only. As of August 2015, our collection became circulating. As such, anyone with a Joplin Public Library card in good standing may check materials out from the Post Art Library. In addition to many magazines, we offer over 2,000 volumes of arts-related books. Our collection is indexed in a card catalog located in the Post Art Library, as well as in the Joplin Public Library’s online catalog. We also maintain an extensive paper archive of Joplin arts, architecture, history, and preservation information.

You can also learn about the Posts and the Post Art Library by watching this brief video.

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