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COVID-19 Library Updates

In concert with the Governor’s plan to move into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, we reopened the library  June 26, with some modifications to the services we offer.

Library opens June 26

The Champaign Public Library and Douglass Branch Library are open to the public. Read more  »

Library tables available by reservation only: Due to the need to limit the number of people in the library at any given time, use of library tables and study rooms will be available by reservation only beginning August 24.  Tables and rooms can be reserved for two hours per day. Each table will accommodate one person; study rooms will accommodate two people at a time.  We will begin taking online reservations on August 23.

New policy for ages 15 and under: Starting August 24, visitors ages 15 and under need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver (age 18+). Read more »

Curbside service is available at both locations. How to schedule curbside pickup »

Returns. We are accepting  returns at both locations during open hours. 

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Using the Library from home

Visit our E-Library to enjoy 250,000 ebooks and more.

Many resources are available from home including:
Read an ebook or e-audiobook using Hoopla and Libby apps
Learn something new by watching a Great Course on Kanopy
Master a language using Mango tutorials in 70 languages, including ESL
Start or grow your business with dozens of powerful online tools
Create a better resume and improve your interviewing skills with JobNow
Stream movies via Hoopla and Kanopy, including Kanopy Kids

In addition, you can:
Search the Library catalog and place holds on items for curbside pickup
Download our mobile app

Amazing resources for kids & families

Find resources for families on our website—including encyclopedias like World Book and Scholastic Go!, Songs & Rhymes from Our Storytimes, TumbleBooks, TumbleMath, and reading recommendations  from Novelist PlusRead more »

Virtual library cards

Need a card? Sign up for instant access to our online resources. It only takes a few minutes. Champaign residents can sign up online to get a library card. The new card number works right away, so you can instantly listen to an e-audiobook, build a business plan, stream a movie, or get help with resumes and more, using dozens of resources in our E-Library.

Questions? We can help!

Library staff will answer your questions via  Live Chat, email, or by phone. In addition, staff are available for (virtual) one-on-one consultations  when you Book-a-Librarian.

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Health resources & information

We are  following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Find local and global public health updates here:

CU Public Health District – Facebook
CU Public Health District – Website
City of Champaign
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State of Illinois
Illinois Department of Public Health
World Health Organization

If you need help with your health, dial 211 from any phone.

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Get your questions answered via Live Chat  or you can Book-a-Librarian for a virtual consultation. Or give us a call!

Need help?

Dial 211 from any phone for up-to-date health information and referrals.

Questions? Ask Us.