Both locations are temporarily closed to the public. Curbside service is open Mon-Thu 3-7, Fri-Sun 1-4.


COVID-19 Library Updates

Help & information during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The Library is open for curbside services!

Curbside service is available daily at the Main Library:

  • Monday–Thursday, 3–7 pm
  • Friday–Sunday, 1–4 pm

Service at the Douglass Branch is by appointment.

How to make an appointment for Curbside Delivery »

Starting June 14, curbside hours will expand:

  • Monday–Saturday, 10–6 pm
  • Friday–Sunday, 1–6 pm

Returns. Starting June 14, the outside book returns at the Main Library will be open during curbside hours. Due dates have been extended, so you are also welcome to keep items a little longer.

The FriendShop Bookstore is not able to accept donations at this time.

Both locations are closed temporarily to the public

The Champaign Public Library and Douglass Branch Library are closed temporarily to the public due to health concerns. We are cancelling in-person library programs and meeting room bookings through Labor Day (September 7).

We are working closely with local health officials to determine when and how we can safely reopen both locations. Library staff are working behind the scenes to prepare—securing protective gear  for staff, installing acrylic shields for service desks, and rearranging furniture to encourage appropriate distances once  people are back in the buildings.

We will continue to provide updates and share information here and on social media.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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Using the Library from home

We look forward to welcoming you back to our buildings as soon as possible. Until then, 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 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.

Stay safe online

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Updated June 1, 2020

Curbside Delivery

Main Library
• Mon–Thu, 3–7 pm
• Fri–Sun, 1–4 pm


Get your questions answered via Live Chat  or you can Book-a-Librarian.

Need help?

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

Questions? Ask Us.