May 21, 2022

Video: $6.6. Million Worth of State Funds Withheld from Missouri Libraries

UPDATED August 12
Additional coverage in this story from the AP: “Libraries feeling pinch of state budget fight”

Original Post


“This is huge and it will hurt,” says Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage.

It’s a 6.6 million dollar cut– affecting libraries across the Show Me State.

“We currently get 50 cents per capita for everyone in our library district to assist with library services,” says Gage.

In Joplin, this means a loss of about $33,000 come November


It’s unclear how the library will make up for the loss.

“Budget shortfalls are always difficult to deal with and it comes down basically to collection and programs, will be probably what takes the hit,” says Gage.

Read the Complete Summary/View Video Report (Approx. 2 minutes)

See Also: Library State Funding in Jeopardy!(via McDonald County, MO Library; August 1, 2014)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.