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   Carlinville Public Library is joining 200 libraries across the state of Illinois in a new collaborative effort, Illinois Libraries Present, to bring virtual events with bestselling and esteemed authors to their communities. The collaborative effort kicks off in January with an event featuring author Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Moreno-Garcia, the bestselling and award-winning author of Mexican Gothic, will discuss her new book, Velvet Was the Night, and her genre-defying mashups of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror. The event will be held virtually on Wednesday, January 26.

Register to attend at:


If you have questions or need help registering, don't hesitate to call us at 217-854-3505. This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration between public libraries offering high-quality events.


Join us at the library as we welcome local children's book author, Lee LoBue, for two special story times and book signing events.

Free event


Print out the form below, fill it out, sign your name, and bring your work to the library by December 3rd (or soon after). Display will be up until January 31. Thank you, thank you! We would love to fill the library with art from local artists!


Hey Kids! (and their Adults)... 

Storytime is Back!!!



Now it's easy to manage multiple accounts, keep track of checkouts and due dates, and renew items from your mobile device using the SHARE Mobile Library, Carlinville Public Library's new app! Search for books, DVDs, video games, audiobooks, e-books, and more. Find it now in the Apple App store or Google Play Store.   Search for SHARE Mobile Library

Brought to you by Carlinville Public Library and the SHARE library consortium, a division of Illinois Heartland Library System.



Cloud and mobile print solution, ePrintIt has arrived at Carlinville Library! Print securely from your mobile device. Send files to be printed from your home computer, and come to the library to pick them up.

10 cents for Black and White, $1.60 for color.

Upload documents to this website:

or email your documents to our secure submission emails:

for B&W:

for Color:

Let us know your user name or print release code when you get to the library, and you'll have your documents in seconds!

Call with any questions about this new service- 217-854-3505.


Support the library by eating!





203 West Main St., Carlinville


Choice of fried chicken or grilled pork chop, green beans, mashed potatoes

Tickets in advance at the library or at the door

Dine-in or carry-out


Pick up an official Library Crawl passport at the library.

Visit 5 or more libraries included in the crawl, and get your passport stamped at each location.

Turn in your passport by October 18th to be included in the PRIZE RAFFLE at Carlinville Library.

The Library Crawl is organized and presented by the Illinois Heartland Library System and the 85 participating libraries. 

The first Library Crawl was started by the Bethalto Public Library District to encourage library patrons to explore the myriad of offerings and resources that are available to request and checkout from other libraries in our IHLS consortium with just a simple library card.




Online storytimes begin again August 26th!

Watch on Facebook and the Carlinville Library Youtube channel as we read to our dogs to celebrate National Dog Day!


Congratulations to Mary Jane and to Caleb- winners of the Adult and Teen Summer Reading grand prizes! Enjoy!


A great big THANK YOU! to everyone who joined us out at Loveless Park this year for Summer Reading- Reading Colors Your World. We had so much fun and hope you did, too! Keep reading, and see you next year!!


June 21-27th is National Pollinator Week!

*Pollinator BINGO starts June 21st! Pick up a BINGO sheet at the library or download one here. Complete a row and bring to the library for a special treat.

*Visit the monarch caterpillars feeding on milkweed at the circulation desk while you're here!

*We are also debuting our new Little Free Seed Library, which will hopefully remain a feature of the library for years to come. Patrons are invited to take packets of free vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Once the growing season is over, you can collect the seeds and donate some back to the Seed Library.

*Friday/Saturday, June 25-26 while supplies last, come to the library to pick up a free pollinator friendly Celosia (Cockscomb) or Bellflower seedling.

Also check the Bee City webpage to keep informed about their projects and events.


Carlinville Library cardholders now have access to Explore More Illinois, a cultural pass program that provides discounts and other offerings from museums, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers, and other attractions across the state of Illinois. Offerings differ by attraction and include free or reduced admission, free parking, discounts at attraction shops, and more.  

 To begin, simply follow this link, and enter your valid library card number and password to log in. Call the library with any questions 217-854-3505.

 Current attractions include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield), Chicago Children’s Museum, and Discovery Center Museum (Rockford). Visit to see a complete list. New attractions are added on a regular basis so be sure to check back frequently.

Explore More Illinois is a service of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). RAILS is funded by a grant from the Illinois State Library through the Office of the Secretary of State Jesse White and provides a number of different programs and services for Illinois libraries and library users.


Summer Reading isn't just for kids this summer... 

Teens, Tweens, and Adults can track their reading and win prizes!

GRAND PRIZE for each category includes Hawthorn Tree gift card, free Casey's cookies, and etc. Pick up a reading log and enter to win anytime before August 9th. Drawings will be held August 11th. Happy reading!


Come join us this summer for our annual Summer Reading Program 2021:

Reading Colors Your World! Carlinville Public Library 

at the LOVELESS PARK PAVILLION for stories, activities, crafts, rhymes and good times!

Thursday mornings in June and July (June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22) *not meeting July 1st

9:30-9:45 AM    Birth-3 Years

10 -10:30 AM     4-6 years

11-11:30 AM      7-10 years

Stop by the library and pick up a registration form.  If you have any questions or need directions to Loveless Park, please call the library at 217-854-3505.


Phase 5 in Illinois means that Seating and Meeting Room Use is Back!!

Masks are REQUIRED for Unvaccinated Patrons over Age 3. Please Maintain Social Distance While in the Library.

If social distance cannot be maintained (i.e. when getting one-on-one technology assistance), masks must be worn by all parties. Thank you for keeping staff and patrons safe.


Open Regular Hours:


9 AM-7 PM


9 AM-5 PM


9 AM-1 PM






The Library has a roof problem.  It leaks!!  One place it runs down is along the inside of a door.  The children's section has an area that must be covered with a tarp whenever hard rains are predicted.  The other leaks come and go depending on how hard it is raining.

Work to replace the roof the Library shares with City Hall started in mid-November.  The Library's portion of the total cost of a new roof is estimated to be around $80,000.  This will be a major hit to the Library's maintenance fund and will have budget implications for years to come.

We are seeking funds in any amount to help offset the costs of the repairs.  


A GoFundMe page has been established:

Donations may also be made directly to the library, either in person or by post (Please make checks payable to Carlinville Public Library):

A donation jar has been placed on the circulation desk


Checks may be mailed to the Carlinville Public Library, PO Box 17, Carlinville, IL 62626.

As it says on our GoFundMe page:  Contributions to the roof fund are wildly appreciated and extravagantly recognized by a deep bow from all the librarians. :)  Thank you, thank you, thank you! Clap, clap, clap!

Donations to the Carlinville Public Library may be tax deductible; donors should check with their tax advisor.



Please use our Cloud Library services for access to eBooks and eAudiobooks. 

Through your library account, you will have access to more than 37,000 eBooks and 28,200 eAudiobooks

To set up an account, go to

  • You will need: your patron barcode and pin number
  • Follow the prompts
  • When asked for your home library, choose
  • Illinois Heartland Library System
  • New titles may have a waiting list due to the licensing agreement with the big 5 publishing companies
  • If you have questions, call the library 217-854-3505 

Patrons also have access to browser-based reading through the Cloud Library web portal.  Patrons with older devices that are no longer compatible with the app, can now use any web browser to go to:

Just log in with: library barcode number and pin.  Patrons can then navigate to My Books.  Click on the Read button to access and read the borrowed items.  


Did you know?

Our patrons  saved


in 2019

by borrowing instead of buying!!!!!


Do you know...about E-Receipts?

You have the option of signing up for e-receipts. An e-receipt is emailed to you when you check out materials or renew them. This email gives you a complete list of your checkouts. It also sends a confirmation email if you renew an item. If you would like to sign up for this service, please contact us at the library and mention e-receipts.







The library is proud to present "Well Read & Well Fed," a hardbound cookbook with 318 recipes from many of Carlinville's best cooks.  Special features include:  the history of the library (1870 to present), the names of the library trustees, the names of all the library directors starting with Annie Welsh in 1871, and 24 pages of cooking tips.  A photograph of the library's bronze statue, "Two Kids on a Bench," is on the cover.  Each recipe includes the contributor's name, so it is easy to find the recipes of friends and loved ones.  Recipes are indexed separately by contributor and title.   Available at the library, the price is $18.  It also can be ordered by sending a check for $21 (which includes $3 postage) to Carlinville Public Library, PO Box 17, Carlinville, IL 62626. For more information, call the library at 854-3505.

Resources - Work and research from the office or from home, anytime:

What's going on?

- Check out the calendar anytime



First Monday of the month at 4:30 in the
Library Meeting Room unless otherwise noted

January 3

February 7

March 7

April 4

May 2

June 6

Tuesday, July 5

August 1

Tuesday, September 6

October 3

November 7

December 5



January 1

January 17

February 21

March 9- close early for Staff Training

May 30

July 4

August 10- open at 1pm after Staff Meeting

September 5

November 8

November 11

November 23- close at 5 for Thanksgiving

November 24, 25

December 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

December 31

January 1, 2023


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