The Louisiana Public Library was one of the first ten Carnegie Libraries erected in the State of Missouri. Miss Anne Draper was the first to advocate for Louisiana to have a public library. She and her sister Eliza owned A.H. & E.C. Draper at the southeast corner of Third and Georgia streets in the 1870s. Their store sold books & stationery as well as serving as a news depot. Miss Draper went on to be appointed to the first board of directors and be the Libraries first librarian.

List of subscriptions to the Library Fund to construct the Louisiana Library
May 4, 1904 the Library cornerstone was laid.
The main entrance is the focal point of the front facade. Over the entrance is a “ribbon” banner of stone which reads proudly “FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY”.
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