El Paso Public Library

149 W. First Street
El Paso, IL 61738

309-527-4360

History:

In 1906, the Ladies' Library Association of El Paso realized their thirty year dream of a permanent public library when El Paso received a grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to construct a beautiful two story library. Prior to 1906, the LLA had operated a volunteer library in various locations throughout the town.  

The library has served our town for over 100 years. Situated at the heart of town in Jefferson Park, it is convenient to the elementary, middle and high schools and has brought the world to El Paso through the printed word. While the methods of delivery have changed over the last century, the mission of the El Paso District Library never has -- to offer books, services and knowledge to all; to instill a love of reading in citizens of all ages; and to promote education and lifelong learning to the people of our area. Libraries are an important part of American democracy and life, and the El Paso District Library remains a centerpiece and gathering place for our community.

Several years ago, the El Paso Library Board of Directors began discussing how to balance the beautiful, historic nature of the current library with growing needs for room, technology and building access. Their conclusion: to serve the people of El Paso and future generations, a substantial addition to the current library was needed. In 2003, a consultant was hired to assist the Library Board in assessing the current building and planning an addition. The plans created significantly add to space and make all levels of the library accessible, while retaining the distinctive look of the existing library.

Fully accessible 

Increased room for books and accessories 

Improved space for public computers and other technology  

Separate meeting space made available for library and community programs

Quiet study space available for students and adults

Dedicated space for storage/display of El Paso history

An attractive and welcoming environment for all

We were thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of our new facility on May 3rd, 2014. Hundreds of people came to enjoy the day and explore the new building and updated areas. We are grateful to our community for their support, as this expansion was completed solely with grants and donations from our friends. 

Hours:

MON: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

TUE: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

WED: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

THU: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

FRI: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SAT: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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