Our Mission Statement

Our purpose is to enrich the lives of our community by empowering our citizens’ personal, educational, and professional growth.  The library is dedicated to providing free and open access towards advancing literacy, fostering lifelong learning, and supporting the diverse cultural needs within our community.

Our Vision Statement

The Laurel-Jones County Library System will be a center for information, discovery, and growth through innovative programming, robust collections, and responsive services while celebrating diversity and intellectual freedom.

 

Our History

The Laurel-Jones County Library got its start in 1919 as the Laurel Library Association.  The library relocated to the Lauren Rogers Museum in 1923.  In 1966, the library became a free library and no longer required its members to purchase subscriptions.  The library moved to its current facility in 1979.  The current facility is 24,000 square feet.  It serves as the headquarters for the Laurel-Jones County Library System, Inc.

Ellisville Public Library was founded by the Fidelia Club of Ellisville in 1967.  It became part of the Laurel-Jones County Library System in 1988.  Originally housed in Ellisville’s City Hall, a new library facility was completed in 2009.  The 4,000 square foot building houses the Fidelia Club Children’s Area and Luther K. Saul Conference Room.