Get Free Books Through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

All Missouri children under five years old are now able to register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. There is no deadline to register. The Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by providing age-appropriate books each month to children free of charge.

In order to receive books, a parent or guardian must register their child on the Imagination Library national website. Books will be mailed directly to the homes of registered children every month.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has already been available in some areas of the state thanks to the great work of the 57 local affiliates that distribute books to more than 17,000 Missouri children. Those children currently registered will be automatically enrolled in the new statewide program.

The statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was made possible through Section 178.694, RSMo, and $11 million included in DESE’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget for the distribution of books.

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book-gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. This is achieved through funding shared by The Dollywood Foundation and Local Community or State Partners.

The Imagination Library mails more than 2.6 million high-quality, age-appropriate books directly to children’s homes each month. Each child enrolled in the program receives one book per month from birth to age five – at no cost to families. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.

The program’s impact has been widely researched, and results demonstrate its positive impact on early childhood development and literacy skills. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit

New Library Cards

What Can You Get With a Card?

  • Access to books, audiobooks, and DVDs from Evergreen affiliated libraries across the state
  • Access thousands of ebooks, magazines, and audiobooks on your tablet or mobile device
  • Access to over 25 online databases and resources
  • Public-use computers
  • MORE!

Who Can Get a Card?

  • Residents of Marshall MO can get a free library card
  • Students, teachers, and educators within Saline County can get a free card
  • Missouri Valley College students can get a free card
  • Visitors to Marshall can get a $6 card for 12 weeks
  • Anyone else can get a card for $25 per year ($20 over age 62)

For more details about our card policy CLICK HERE

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One of our newest patrons, Henry, was so excited to get his own library card that his mom had to snap a few pictures to commemorate the occasion! We love that Henry loves the library so much! Thanks to Henry’s mom, Sarah for sharing her photos.

Blackstone Unlimited Audiobooks

Hey there, MPL Patrons! 🎉 We’re thrilled to introduce Blackstone Unlimited, your gateway to over 6,000 audiobook titles in every genre imaginable. The best part? No waiting in line – zero holds! 🚀

Ready to dive in? Sign up today with just your email address and MPL card number. Visit Blackstone Unlimited or snag the app on your Apple/Android device. Need a hand? Call us or swing by with your device, and we’ll get you set up. Happy listening! 📚🔊