Our mission is to provide informational, educational, and enrichment services and resources to the community through a comprehensive and efficient library system.
Patron needs come first: We place the highest priority on service to our patrons and treat every request with equal value.
Respect for people: We recognize the contributions of our staff and we treat all our patrons and each other with respect.
Learning organization: We commit to the professional growth and enrichment of our staff.
Access to information: We ensure access to information for people of all ages, abilities and means.
Freedom of information: We protect our patrons’ freedom to read and view all library information.
Privacy and confidentiality: We safeguard our patrons’ right to request and obtain information in confidence.
Quality: We strive to deliver the highest quality service possible. We strive to provide up-to-date library materials for our service population.
Stewardship of community resources: We respect the contributions of the community to its library. We hold ourselves accountable for the efficient and effective use of all resources – people, time, assets, and funds.
Integrity: We follow the highest ethical standards, which have been adopted by Cass County Government and our profession.
Strategic Plan 2023-2026
When Cass County voters approving Proposition L in 2020, the library was able to complete many projects to modernize all branches throughout the county. Now, the library has established new strategic goals for the immediate future, in order to provide even more services to the residents of Cass County.
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About the Library
In April 1947, Cass County residents voted a one mill per dollar of valuation upon real and personal property to found a new library and the Cass County Public Library was born. The new library was headquartered in Hotel Harrisonville. An opening tea attended by over 500 Cass County residents was held December 13, 1947.
By the middle of the following year, branches had been established in Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Archie, Drexel, and Garden City. The first Cass County Public Library bookmobile started service in May of 1948 serving 55 rural schools and making 86 stops per month. Deposit libraries were opened in Peculiar, Raymore, East Lynne, Gunn City, Strasburg, Main City, Creighton, Cleveland, Pleasant Valley, Westline, and Freeman. An independently operated library in Belton did not merge with Cass County Public Library until 1968.
For more about the library’s history, click here.