About Your Library

Paris Carnegie Public Library was established as a city library more than 114 years ago. The library is governed by a nine-member board, appointed by the mayor of the City of Paris, and is a member of Illinois Heartland Library System.

Andrew Carnegie donated $18,000 to build the public library in Paris. On June 24, 1904, it was opened to the public with over 3,000 volumes on the shelves. An addition was completed in 1992.

Parking is available on Main Street and in the lot on the north side of the library. In addition to the front entrance with its imposing steps, there is a street level entrance on the north side of the building. An elevator is located inside that entrance.

Today, in addition to more than 30,000 books, Paris Carnegie Public Library offers ebooks, public computers, meeting rooms, and much more. Many library services extend beyond the walls of the historic building.

Search Paris Public Library and 520+ libraries in Illinois Heartland Library System through our SHARE catalog. Choose My Library in the Limit By search box if you want to search only Paris Public Library. You will need your library card barcode number and PIN/password (default is last 4 digits of your phone number) to request items.


Temporary curbside hours are Monday – Friday 10am-2pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.

Normal hours are:

Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 10am-8pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Library Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Election Day (November 3 in 2020)
  • Honeybee Festival Saturday — canceled for 2020
    (usually 4th weekend in September)
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday & Friday)
  • Christmas Eve.
  • Christmas Day

If holidays fall on Sunday, the library will be closed the following Monday. Visit the Calendar page for more details.

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