About Your Library

Paris Carnegie Public Library was established as a city library more than 100 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.

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 the north entrance.

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

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

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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
  • Honeybee Festival Saturday
    (usually 4th weekend in September)
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve.
  • Christmas Day

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