At-home Ancestry use is extended

Ancestry and ProQuest have extended their free at-home access to Ancestry through March 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.

We are open!

Paris Public Library is operating within Illinois Tier 3 restrictions that began on Nov. 20. We plan to continue as we are but will monitor conditions and return to only curbside if needed or advised. We do encourage you to use our curbside services now and to limit public computer use to what’s necessary. Wear a mask in the library.

Open Monday 10-2. Tuesday 10-6, and Wednesday–Saturday 10-2.

  • Short inside visits to choose and check out items, fax, or make copies
  • Public computers and time limited
  • Curbside pickup/service is available and encouraged
  • Wearing a mask (covering nose and mouth) and social distancing required while in library.

You can still request items from our library and other libraries. Call us or use the SHARE catalog. Delivery is slower than usual because most libraries in the state are quarantining returned items for several days. No late fees on returned items. Fees for damaged or lost items will be charged.

What’s not available right now? Newspapers, meeting rooms, or programs. To accommodate social distancing needs, furniture has been rearranged or removed.

Curbside services still available

Rather not come in the library? Don’t want to wear a mask? Curbside service is still available.

To request items, call 217-463-3950 while the library is open or email, message us on Facebook, or go to your SHARE library account.

You will be notified when your pickup is ready. Call us when you park in library lot. If you don’t have a mobile phone, tell us that when we call you so we can make other arrangements to know when you arrive. Your items will be brought to your vehicle.

The dropbox is available for returns.  Items will be quarantined 5 days before being checked in so don’t worry if you don’t see them disappear from your online SHARE account for a while.

You may email a document to to be printed and picked up. Please include your name and phone number in the email so staff can contact you when it’s ready. Call us if you need to send a fax or make copies. We will come to your vehicle, pick up your papers, and return them after copying or faxing.