SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

The Springfield-Greene County Library may soon be your first stop on your way out of the country. Beginning Monday, June 9, Springfield and Greene County-area residents can apply for a U.S. passport and get a passport photo taken at the Library Center at 4653 S. Campbell Ave. The service will be offered during Library Center hours seven days a week. No appointments are necessary.

Two years after its initial application, The Springfield-Greene County Library District was designated as a passport acceptance facility by the U.S. Department of State. The Library Center will be the only branch in the district handling applications for now. The district may expand the service to other branches in the future. Some libraries across the state and the country already serve as passport acceptance centers, but this is a first for the Springfield-Greene County Library District.

Individuals may apply for a passport and get a passport photo taken at the Library Center during these hours by asking a staff member at the Reference Desk:

• 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday
• 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday

Before visiting the Library Center, individuals first must consult the U.S. Department of State’s official page, www.travel.state.gov to download an application and for details on what documents and fees are required when applying at the Library Center. The library also has application forms.