Let’s Get Started!

Tell us what you would like to read, and we’ll mail books to you. When you’re done reading, you’ll send us the books back along with your request for more, all for free.

For more information, call our direct line at 573-817-7092 or the Columbia Public Library at 1-800-324-4806. You may also email us at [email protected].

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About Yourself
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Students must turn 5 before August 1, 2022 to be eligible.

Books by Snail is available to kids entering kindergarten through twelfth grade in the cities and schools listed above, or to kids attending home school in those districts.

No library card? No problem! Check the box below if you would like us to mail you an application. You can also download a mail-in application.

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What Would You Like to Read?

(Option 1)  I know exactly what I want to read. Please send me these titles or topics:


(Option 2)  I would like the librarians to choose my books for me.

Check anything that interests you.

I would like to read books with these themes or topics: (check up to 5)

By registering for Books by Snail, you confirm that your child’s check-outs may be recorded for the duration of the summer in order to improve our book recommendations for your child.