Thanksgiving Hours

Paris Public Library will close early – at 4pm – on Wednesday, November 24 and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday. The library will be open on Saturday, November 27.

Senior Bingo on November 24 has been canceled. It will return on December 22.

SHARE Mobile Library app

NEW! We have an app!
Now it’s easy to keep track of checkouts and due dates and renew items from your mobile device using the SHARE Mobile Library, Paris 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.
Need help installing or using the app? Stop by the library – we can help get you started.
Brought to you by Paris Public Library and the SHARE library consortium, a division of Illinois Heartland Library System

Masks in library

Masks must be worn in the library again, in keeping with the statewide mandate that began on Aug. 30. If you don’t have one with you, masks are available at the main desk.

Curbside service is still available for anyone who doesn’t want to come inside. Curbside also works for most printing and faxing, too.

Something new has been added!

Come check out the library’s front entry — something new has been added! “Woodland Dreams,” a hanging art glass sculpture commissioned with gifts in memory of Mary Ann Tucker and created by local glass artists Randy and Joy Turner, is now permanently installed between the upper windows.

Mary Ann Tucker was a member of the board 2001-2012 and also served as its president for several years. When she passed away in 2015, the library received monetary gifts in her memory. 


NEW! Explore More Illinois passes to attractions

Explore More IllinoisParis Public Library has joined Explore More Illinois, a cultural pass program that allows Illinois public library cardholders to get offers from museums, park districts, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers.

Explore More Illinois is free and can be accessed 24/7 from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Go to the Resources section on our homepage to link to the online reservation page and login with your library card number and PIN to place reservations by attraction and specific dates. While each attraction’s requirements may differ slightly, with a library card and the reservation pass, patrons age 18 and older may receive free admission or discounts.

This program was developed through the RAILS library system.  Attractions currently include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Vermilion County Museum, and many more. Additional locations are expected to rejoin the program as they reopen and occupancy limits are lifted.

At-home Ancestry use is extended

Ancestry and ProQuest have extended their free at-home access to Ancestry through December 31, 2021 for cardholders of libraries that subscribe to the library edition.

If you have a Paris library card and want to search Ancestry, contact us for login information.