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Until and unless further information changes the Library's plans,

the Library is OPEN!  Come inside (must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer)  or  use Curbside Service.

Masks and hand sanitizer protocols will be in place until further notice.  If a patron is medically unable to wear a mask, curbside service is available.  Children under the age of 2 do not need to wear a mask.

Library patrons may call the library (217-854-3505) to place hold orders or place holds online at any time.  Interlibrary Loan is now available!  

Only items that have been previously requested can be picked up using the curbside service.

Returned items will be quarantined for 4 days before becoming available.

Library staff will follow recommended CDC guidelines for handling library materials, including the use of face masks and gloves. 

Following these rules allows your library to be open!

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday 9:00-8:00

Friday 9:00-5:00

Saturday 9:00-1:00

Sunday 1:00-4:00

  Patrons are asked to limit their time in the library.   To minimize patron time in the library, NO seating, toys, newspapers, or puzzles will be available.  

In accordance with State mandates, no more than 20 patrons will be allowed in the building at a time.  Patrons are asked to refrain from entering if they have been feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  All patrons and staff members are required to wear a face covering and to use hand sanitizer when entering the library.  Please observe social distancing.  The aisles in the stacks are one way only. 

 If a patron is medically unable to wear a face covering or does not want to, please call the library (217-854-3505) or let a staff member know upon arrival.  The library staff will make special curbside accommodations.

Items may be returned in either the outside or inside book returns, except for CDs and DVDs.  Please return CDs and DVDs to the circulation desk or when using curbside service. 

The following services are now available:  copying, faxing, and scanning.

The computer lab will have 3 computers available to allow for social distancing.  One  computer, located along the southeast wall, will also be available.  Computer sessions will be limited to the first 50 minutes of each hour.  The last 10 minutes of the hour will be used by staff members to sanitize the computers and surrounding area.  Computers will be sanitized after each patron.  Computer use is limited to one session per day.  The OPAC computer will be available for patrons to place holds.  

Curbside Rules-Please read!

  • Patrons must call or email us with their request if they have not placed the holds themselves.
  • A library staff member will call the patron and set up a time to pick up the bagged materials.  The staff member will ask for the make and color of the vehicle to be used when the items are picked up.
  • The patron calls (217-854-3505) us when he/she arrives at the main entrance to the library.  
  • Patron stays in car.
  • If the vehicle has a trunk release, items can be placed in the trunk.   If the vehicle has electric windows, the items can be placed in the unoccupied back seat.  If those options are not available, the bagged items will be placed on a table next to the planter.  The patron can then retrieve the bag in order to ensure a non-contact delivery.
  • Patrons should not attempt to pick up their items until they have been notified.  Items will be held for pickup for 3 days.  If the items are ordered through the Online Public Access Catalog, a staff member will notify the patron when the items are ready and to schedule a pickup time.  The same vehicle information will be requested.  Pickup procedures will be the same as above.
  • All returns, except for DVDs and CDs, will still go in the outside book return. 
  • Please call the library (217-854-3505) if you have any questions.

Following these rules allows your library to be open!


To change a temporary library card into a permanent card:

  • Bring in a photo ID (driver's license, FOID card, State ID card) and 1 piece of current mail addressed to you at the address on the application.
  • Fill out a registration card.
  • If you are a city resident, the card is valid for 3 years and is paid through your city library tax.
  • If you are not a city resident, you will be eligible for a non-resident card.  Non-resident cards are valid for 1 year and are $60.00.
  • If you have any questions about converting  a temporary card, please email the library at or call the library at 217-854-3505.


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

Through your library account, you will have access to 37,007 eBooks and 28,205 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.  


TumbleBooks are now available through August 31, 2020

How to access:  Grades K-6 children's eBook database   Grades K-6 math eBook database  Grade 7-12 eBook database  All ages audio book database  A collection of romance novels for the older crowd



Did you know?

Our patrons  saved


in 2019

by borrowing instead of buying!!!!!

As of August 3rd,

Our patrons have saved


In 2020


Census 2020

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance.


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.

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