About the Library

Our mission is to help the citizens of Maryville succeed and enjoy life by reading, learning, creating, and connecting.

The primary source of income for the Maryville Public Library is a 28-cent property tax levy per $100 of Assessed Valuation. The tax is levied within the city limits of Maryville.

The Maryville Public Library is run by a nine-member volunteer Executive Board of Trustees. The Library Board meets regularly at noon on the second Tuesday of every month. Interested applicants must reside within the Maryville City taxing district in order to be eligible. Terms last three years and can be renewed two times.

If you’d like to serve, ask for a library board application at the desk or print one from this link: libraryboardapplication

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2018-19 Library Executive Board of Trustees

FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Amber Galbraith, Board President Steve Klotz, and Board Secretary Giuli Coniglio

BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Jenny Rytting, Board Vice President Richard Fulton, and Board Treasurer Barb Nelsen.

NOT SHOWN: Jody Strauch, Keely Cline, and Lewis Rice.

Maryville citizens residing within the City taxing district are eligible to serve on the board. Terms are three years, and may be renewed up to three times.


Current library staff:

Stephanie Patterson, Library Director

Wilma Henggeler, Assistant Director

Elizabeth Argo, Children’s/Youth Services Coordinator

Debbie Clark, Circulation Assistant/Preschool Story Hour Coordinator

Kelsey Noble, Circulation Assistant/Young Adult Services Coordinator

Tiffany Robinson, Circulation Assistant

Keri Anderson, Circulation Assistant

Current positions open:

Part-time Technology/Customer Service Assistant

Maryville Public Library is seeking an individual with exceptional skills in both customer service and technology to assist patrons of all ages and backgrounds 20-25 hours a week.

REQUIRED: A high school diploma, at least one year’s experience working with the public; strong skills in using PCs, common software, apps, and mobile devices; and a somewhat flexible schedule with the ability to work evenings and some Saturdays as required.

Candidates must also have exceptional communication skills, the physical ability to perform necessary book shelving and workspace cleaning functions; and the ability to multitask and work well in an environment that can be fast-paced and unpredictable.

Compensation rate begins at $8.85 an hour. Applications are available below or at the circulation desk and will be accepted at the library or via email at  admin@maryvillepubliclibrary.org through September 30. EOE.

Employment application

History of the library:

The Maryville Public Library opened its doors to the public on July 1, 1905 at its original location at the corner of Buchanan and Second Streets. The building, constructed of red pressed brick, was funded with a $15,000 gift from the American Industrial Leader and famed philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

The total number of books on hand in January 1, 1910 was 4,468.

(Source: Past and Present of Nodaway County Missouri, B.F. Bowen & Company, 1910)


ABOVE: Original Carnegie Library building at W. Second and N. Buchanan.

BELOW: In 1962, the Library Board of Trustees took possession of the limestone structure that formerly housed the Maryville Post Office at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets.


BELOW: A major expansion and renovation funded by private donations and grant income began in 1999 and was completed in 2001.



Today, the Maryville Public Library holds over 57,000 titles, as well ebooks, downloadable audiobooks , public use high speed Internet stations, electronic databases, and wireless access. Materials circulation in Fiscal Year 2017 was 75,447.


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