About Us

Cedar County Library was voted into existence in April 1, 1947 along with a $.10 per hundred dollar valuation in property tax to support it.  Cedar County Library and Dallas County Library formed the Cedar-Dallas Cooperative in 1949.  The El Dorado Springs Library which was begun by the Twentieth Century Club became a part of Cedar County Library in 1949. Polk County Library joined the Cooperative in 1951.  Bolivar Public Library became a part of Polk County Library in 1951. Cedar County Library, Dallas County Library, and Polk County Library then became Southwest Regional Library.  Later Dade County Library and Hickory County joined, and Dallas County Library dropped out of Southwest Regional Library in 1965.  Southwest Regional Library broke apart in 1995, and the county libraries went their separate ways.  John D. Smith gave a building to the city of El Dorado Springs to be used as a library.  The Friends of the Library, Inc. of El Dorado Springs were very instrumental gathering donations to be used in the refurbishing of the building.  Many Friends donated time and labor for this to happen in 1998.  Cedar County Library pays the city of El Dorado Springs rent for the use of the building.  Cedar County Library automated their collection in 2001, and developed their first website with an online catalog.  Cedar County Library offered free public wi-fi in 2006.  A tornado took the Stockton Branch in 2003, and it operated out of a modular classroom for five years. A generous donor gave the library a start on raising the money for a new building in 2006.  The building was started in 2007 and finished in 2008. The library is very grateful to the people who voted the 1/4 of cent sales tax in 2017 to support the library.

Library Address: 717 East St., Stockton, MO 65785 or 808 S. Main, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744

Front Desk Phone: 417.276.3413  (Stockton) or 417.876.4827 (El Dorado Springs)


Monday – Friday : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday – 9 am to 3 pm Sunday CLOSED

Meet Our Staff

Elaina Daniels – Director

Linda Jamison – Branch Manager, El Dorado Springs

Chris Gooch – Branch Manager, Stockton

Cathy Kloster – Circulation Clerk, Stockton

Christian Bridges – Circulation Clerk, Stockton

LeAnnis Fox – Circulation Clerk, El Dorado Springs

Kathy Koca – Circulation Clerk and Cataloging, El Dorado Springs

Linda Mann – Circulation Clerk, El Dorado Springs

Ruth Leonard – Book Processor, El Dorado Springs and Stockton