Mission Statement:

The Mount Sterling Public Library will provide the means to make life long learning for all patrons possible; provide for recreational reading, viewing and listening needs; provide patrons with traditional and state of the art technologies to find, evaluate and use information; and to explore and better understand their personal heritage.

We are dedicated to helping our community indulge their recreational and learning needs. We have various forms of media, including books, graphic novels and comic books, audio books, magazines, videos, music cd’s and movies available for checkout. With our consortia and other services we also provide ebooks, audio books and magazines, comic books and graphic novels, video games, and streaming services. We use the most current technologies to find information for our patrons. Whether you are searching for general knowledge or your family history, we will help you explore your interests, educational, or entertainment purposes.

This website is designed to help you get acquainted with the library. On this site you can:

Read a complete list of the services both the library and museum have to offer.

Check our calendar for upcoming events and programs for you and your family.

Explore our extensive genealogy research materials, including documents and historical photographs.

Find and reserve books of most any genre, magazines, movies, music cd’s, audio books, cookbooks, ebooks, digital formats of magazines, music, books, graphic novels, comic books, and movies all from the comfort of your home.

You may also request and reserve items with your account through our website.

Renewals may be made on your account the same way. The system does not allow renewals on items that are already past due, due that very day, or that have requests for them by others waiting.

Use our helpful links to connect you with recommended sites for more information.

Have a comment, suggestion or compliment on our programs or events? Like and follow our Facebook and/or our Instagram page! We also added a TikTok page and are on Threads.  Log into Facebook and type Mt. Sterling Public Library in your Facebook browser! Blog with us and leave your comments, compliments and suggestions on our events and photo albums. Share photos of events you attend and keep up to date on what is happening at your favorite smalltown library.  




The library will close if the Madison County Sheriff declares a snow emergency level of 2 or higher. The library director may also close or delay opening the library if the weather is deemed to be hazardous. If Madison Plains closes, the library may opt to cancel its scheduled programs during the school day. Program cancellations such as Storytime and others are at the discretion of the library director. Other programs will be determined on a case-by-case scenario.


The library director or board may decide to close the library for other reasons. Some examples are carpet cleaning in the building, renovations, or power outages, staff shortages, and to prevent the spread of communicable diseases or virus such as the Covid-19 Pandemic the world experienced.  Sometimes the building may be closed to the public while some services remain available, or all services remain available with limited capacity such as our Curbside services.  All of these scenarios may also apply to any time the library may have an early closure or program cancellation.

When in doubt, please call the library to inquire about cancellations or closings @ 740-869-2430.

Please note- the Museum is a separate entity from the library and has a separate number at 740-869-9305.