Mt. Vernon Branch Library


Contact Information:

206 W. Water Street - Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
Phone: 417-466-2921 - Fax: 417-466-2936

Cindy Rinker, Branch Supervisor
Julie McCollum, Youth Services
Edwana Kennedy, Adult Services



8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closed: Sunday




About the Library:

The Mt. Vernon Branch Library (Walter C. McCanse Memorial Library) was the first to join with the Barry County Library in 1954 in a cooperative library system serving both Barry and Lawrence counties.

Mt. Vernon is named for George Washington's home, and serves as the county seat for Lawrence County.

The Mt. Vernon Branch is located at 206 W. Water Street, just off of the northwest side of the court house square.  The library serves Mt. Vernon and a large rural area as well as the Missouri Veteran's Home, Missouri Baptist Children's home & Family Ministries, and Missouri Division of Youth Services Treatment center.  

A meeting room is available free of charge for non-profit groups and for a small fee to all others.  Rules and restrictions will apply.  For more information and to schedule use please contact the library staff. Click here for the Meeting Use Policy. 

Additional Information:

Books to Go: Free delivery of books, movies, magazines, and audio books to any home bound patron. This service is by appointment.

Free Computer Classes: Free classes for navigating the Internet or learning Microsoft Office are offered by appointment.

Friends of the Library: Call the branch for meeting day and time. The Mt. Vernon "Friends" group is an active support unit.  They sponsor children, teen, and adult programs and provide funds for library programs and projects.  Anyone who loves the library may be a "Friend" and provide support.

Genealogy Collections:

Lawrence County Census
Lawrence County Historical Society Collection
Lawrence County Cemetery Records
Many local family histories
Newspapers on microfilm

Community Events: "Apple Butter Makin' Days" is a special annual event held the second weekend of October.  Apple butter is cooked in copper kettles over an open fire.  Over 350 craft booths are available on the town square with lots of entertainment and great food.