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.