Online Catalog and Account
Click “Library Catalog” on the menu bar. Once you log in with your library card number and PIN number, you can browse the catalog, place requests, check due dates, renew items, and more.

When we first created your library card, we set your PIN number to the last 4 digits of the telephone number you gave us at that time, unless you specified otherwise. If those 4 digits do not work, please call so we can reset your PIN.

Online Payment for Fines
GovPayNet allows us to take payments for fines (PLC #7702) and non-resident card fees (PLC# 7703) online using your debit or credit card. There is a transaction fee, which is not received by the library, but is automatically added onto your total.

Transaction fees:
Up to $50.00: $1.50
$50.01 – $75.00: $1.75
$75.01 – $100.00: $3.00
$100.01 – $150.00: $5.00
$150.01 – $200.00: $7.00
For each additional increment of $50.00, or portion thereof, add $1.75.

To make your payment online, (click here).

Research and Reader’s Assistance
Library staff are available to help you find the information you need, whether it be a phone number, assistance with a research paper, or just a suggestion for a good book. Stop by the circulation desk or give us a call at (618) 281-4237 ext. 0. You may also email us at

In addition, we subscribe to a few online databases to aid with research. They can be found, along with a variety of free resources, under “Reference and Research.” You may need your library card number for some of these resources, and for others you may need to access them from one of our free public computers within the library due to online proxy validation.

Downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines
Thousands of titles are available in our digital collection. We subscribe to Cloud Library (eBooks and eAudiobooks) and RBDigital (eMagazines, eAudiobooks, and eBooks of the great classics). Most of these items can be downloaded onto eReaders and other mobile devices, as well as computers.

To access these resources, hover over “Online Resources” on the top toolbar, then click “eBooks and eAudiobooks”. You will need your library card number and the assigned PIN number (The last 4 digits of the phone number you gave us when signing up for your library card, or another 4-digit number you gave us at registration).

Computer/Internet Access
The library has 9 Internet-enabled computers with Microsoft Office as well as 1 library catalog computer.

Black and white copies and printouts are .25 each, if double-sided .30. Color copies and printouts are .50 each, if double-sided .75. Legal size copies and printouts are .30 for black and white or .60 for color. The double-sided legal size copies and printouts are .40 for black and white or .90 for color.

Outgoing faxes are free to local and toll-free numbers. All other faxes are $1.00 for the first page and .50 for each additional page. It is .25 per page to receive faxes on our machine and you may have documents faxed to 618-281-6977. Please call ahead to let us know to be expecting them.


We are able to laminate 8 1/2 x 11 sheets for .75 each.  

One of the staff members is a Notary and able to notarize documents for free. Please call the library for available hours.

Public Meeting Room
Anyone residing within the Columbia city limits may fill out a request to book the downstairs meeting room for non-profit events and meetings. This is free, but the desired day or time may not be available, and library events will take precedence. The person who initially signed for the meeting or event must be present at it.

Public Programs
The library hosts a variety of programs for all ages, including storytimes, seasonal reading programs, author visits, book clubs, and informational sessions. All programs at the Columbia Public Library are free to attend, although some of them require registration.

To view our latest program calendar, stop by the library for a handout or click “Event Calendar” on the top menu bar of our website.