Mercer County Library

601 W. Grant St

Princeton, MO 64673

About Us

Through foresight and dedication, Mercer County Library was established in 1926, using one room in the courthouse and operated by volunteers.

In 1954, a 9-cent county tax was voted to establish a separate library in the former Buren house on South Broadway.

Twelve years later, through the generosity of the late Frank Lowry and his wife, Chloe Kauffman Lowry, a 3,360 square foot building was constructed in 1966 on 601 West Grant Street.

The library operated on the 9-cent tax from 1954 until 1989, when at the peak of economic declilne in Mercer County, county residents stepped forward and voted an 11-cent library tax increase, making a 20-cent tax levy from 1989 to present.

In 2011, a 3,360 square foot addition was built in order to double the size of the original building. This was made possible through stimulus money that was funded through the USDA-Rural Development in the form of a $238,000 grant; a USDA loan of $90,000; and $325,000 of Mercer County Library's money that was accumulated through the years of generous donations, memorial gifts, fund-raising and investments.

The staff of Mercer County Library is proud to announce that the library is doing well, running on grants and county tax support, a levy which has not increased since 1989. Many of the machines and materials for the library have been purchased with federal grants received throughout the years.