Our beautiful, state-of-the-art Main Library opened on January 6, 2008. You’ll find a wide variety of books, movies, and music, as well as free events for all ages. Looking for tech options? We offer free WiFi, dozens of public computers with Internet access, and public meeting rooms.
Entertaining, educational, and free — our schedule includes 11 storytimes every week, events for kids, teens, and adults, including book discussions, live music, tech workshops, and much more. Find out about great events at both locations.
Awards for library design & engineering
Our library has been awarded:
- AIA Central Illinois Architecture Design Honor Award, awarded to Ross Barney Architects (2008)
- American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) Special Achievement Award, and American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central Illinois Honor Award for Architecture, for engineering design of the library, awarded to Henneman Engineering (2009)
- American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter, Design Excellence Awards, Honor Award (highest distinction) for Interior Architecture, awarded to Ross Barney Architects (2009)
- Brick Industry Association Brick in Architecture Awards, Silver Award (2009)