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Livingston County Library

The Mission of the Livingston County Library is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and comfortable.

Library History
The Livingston County Memorial Library owes its beginning to the City Federation of Women's Clubs. The federation was organized March 20, 1920, with Mrs. Harry Minter as president. The City Federation membership was composed of the president and one elected member from the following clubs: The Culture, Domestic Science, Sorosis, the D. A. R., and PEO. The D. A. R. and PEO later withdrew from the organization as it conflicted with the by-laws of their organizations, but they continued their support of the library. The Fact and Fiction Club joined the federation in June, 1929. Read more>>>

Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library supports the Library by providing funding for programs and materials that the Library would otherwise not be able to afford. The members of the Friends also sponsor an annual book sale. Check the calendar for dates. To become a Friend of the Library, stop by the Library for an application or call 660-646-0547. Download application » click

The Livingston County Library is supported by a current property tax levy of 27.00 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. A small amount of funding comes from the State of Missouri. Donations from the Friends of the Library and individuals also assist in the funding of the Library.

The Library has an extensive collection of books and materials that relate to Livingston County history. Historic newspapers are available on microfilm as well as some census information. The George W. Somerville Room contains materials not only related to Livingston County history, but also records from other counties. The Library has for sale a publication called, “Getting Started In Genealogy” that has some tips and worksheets to assist with gathering information.

  Livingston County Library I 450 Locust Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601 I Phone: 660.646.0547 I Fax: 660.646.5504 I Children's Services: 660.646.0563 I email

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