The Camden County Library District has been serving the lake area since 1933 when the Camden County Literary Guild decided the county needed a library. The first library was housed in the courthouse’s basement and started with 645 books in the collection. We have since expanded to six branches across Camden County and house a collection of 97,000+ printed, audio, and visual materials and have access to over 116,000+ e-Books, e-Audio, and online videos.
We also provide services, free of charge, to Benton, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, Miller, Morgan, and Pulaski counties.
The Library’s mission is to make its resources available and beneficial to the people of Camden County. The Library will provide the community with quality staff, resources, programs, and services.
To build a community that has access to knowledge without distinction that fosters awareness and unlimited imagination.
We hold ourselves accountable to our patrons, peers within the library, and expressly to our community.
We strive to maintain resources that are readily available, either directly or indirectly, by the library and equal and equitable to all library users.
Protecting our patrons and guests’ privacy and confidentiality is necessary for intellectual freedom and is fundamental to librarianship’s ethics and practice.
The library provides free and equal access to information for ALL people of the communities we serve. For further information, please read the Library Bill of Rights.
We respect our county’s, state’s, and nation’s diverse cultures and strive to reflect that diversity by providing a wide assortment of resources and services.
We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library materials.
We do our utmost to provide the highest level of service to all library users. We continually seek to maintain and enhance our knowledge and skills, encourage professional development amongst our co-workers, and foster the aspirations of potential members of the profession.