Bolivar Public Library

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Bolivar Public Library
Bolivar Public Library, October 2012
Bolivar Public Library is located in Missouri
Bolivar Public Library
Bolivar Public Library
Bolivar Public Library is located in the United States
Bolivar Public Library
Bolivar Public Library
Location120 E. Jackson St., Bolivar, Missouri
Coordinates37°36′48″N 93°24′37″W / 37.61333°N 93.41028°W / 37.61333; -93.41028Coordinates: 37°36′48″N 93°24′37″W / 37.61333°N 93.41028°W / 37.61333; -93.41028
Arealess than one acre
Built1915 (1915)
ArchitectHeckenlively, J.J.
Architectural styleCarnegie Classical
NRHP reference #03000652[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 17, 2003

Bolivar Public Library, also known as the Carnegie Library of Bolivar and Polk County Genealogical Society Library, is a historic Carnegie library located at Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri. It was built in 1915, and is a 1 1/2- to two-story, rectangular, brick building with Classical Revival style design elements. It has a flat roof and three bay front facade with an elaborate center entranceway and large side window bays. It features intact terra cotta and tooled limestone ornamentation. It was funded by an $8,000 Carnegie grant from the Carnegie Foundation.[2]:5, 11 The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1]

The building no longer contains a public library. Since 2001, it has housed the offices of the Polk County Genealogical Society.[3] The Polk County Library now operates the Bolivar Main Branch library at 1690 W. Broadway in Bolivar.[4]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Debbie Sheals (March 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination: Bolivar Public Library" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2017-02-01. (includes 12 photographs from 2003)
  3. ^ "History". Polk County Genealogical Society. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ "About us". Polk County Library. Retrieved 18 March 2018.