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Library Announcements

Greenville Public Library Holiday Closing Schedule

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veterans' Day

Thanksgiving Day and the day after

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year's Eve

New Year's Day

Dr. Martin Luther King's Day

Presidents' Day

The Greenville Public Library may be closed due to inclement weather. Please call the library at (618) 664-3115 with any questions involving closings.


Escape the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do in Greenville? The Library is offering three "Escape Room" activities--a general theme, a Harry Potter theme, and a pirate theme. The programs are appropriate for groups of 6 to 10 participants (junior high age to adults). Your group will work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and open locks in order to "escape." All that is required is that you call the Director, Jo Keillor, at the Library to schedule a time for your group and let her know which theme your group prefers. There is a $25 charge per group. (We only accept cash or check payments.) We hope you schedule an appointment and enjoy your time at the library. (posted Dec. 2018)

We are not currently taking appointments for Escape Room experiences. (Updated Sept. 2020)

Attention Patrons

Starting in January 2019, everyone will need to provide a driver's license and a second proof of identity/residency to renew existing accounts. We will require all the primary account holders to show all required information. We will be ascertaining whether the address provided is in the library's service area, even if the cardholder has been a Greenville cardholder for several years. We ask that Nonresident patrons who own property in town, bring tax information for the owned property. We hope to have current, up-to-date information for all of our accounts. Thank you for assisting us in this endeavor. (posted Dec. 2018)

New at the Library: Hotspots

We are pleased to announce that the Greenville Public Library now has five hotspots available for check out. Thanks to a generous donor, you can take WiFi with you. Greenville Library patrons may check one out or add their names to a waiting list if none are available. There are a few guidelines associated with our new hotspots:

  • Available only for Greenville cardholders (age 18 and older).
  • Households may check out one hotspot per month. (30 days)
  • One week check out period.
  • $5.00 per day overdue.
  • After 3 days of being overdue, the hotspot will be deactivated and a $200 charge will be billed to the patron.
  • DO NOT return in the drop box. If put in the drop box, there will be a $5.00 charge.
  • $200 replacement cost for lost or damaged devices.
  • If you are notified that one is available, the device must be picked up within two days. On the third day, the next person on the list will be notified. (posted Dec. 2019)

Limit amounts to change during COVID-19

Because we are committed to ensuring your safety, the Greenville Public Library has been wiping down every book returned and quarantining them for at least 120 hours. We are pleased to be able to expand our services, but we need to be able to handle all of the additional safety procedures. We are only allowing items to be returned in the book drop at this time. Until we return to regular hours, we are limiting the total items you may have checked out to 20 items out at one time. While items are in quarantine, they will still be checked out to you. Although you have returned items, your account will not reflect the return for at least 6 days, until we are able to backdate and check them in. Remember to keep that in mind when you request or check out more items. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. For any questions, please call the library at 664-3115. (posted June 2020) (updated July 2020)

Building to Reopen Monday, March 29th

We are excited to announce that the Greenville Public Library will be allowing patrons to enter the building again. The Greenville Library Board is taking all possible steps to open safely and responsibly. At this time, patrons do not have to schedule appointments to come into the library. We will be monitoring the number of people in the building. Library staff will wipe down high-touch surfaces throughout the day. Please be aware that there are still procedures in place:

Masks are required at all times when in the building. We ask that you use hand sanitizer.

Maintain social distancing while in the library.

All items will continue to be returned in our drop box. (except hotspots)

All items will be wiped down and quarantined.

Accounts are limited to 20 items out at any time.

Computer access is by appointment only.

Curbside appointments are available for patrons who would like to continue the service.

Curbside appointments are available for patrons who are unable to wear masks.

The restroom will be locked. For emergencies, ask for the key at the circulation desk.

All tables and chairs are unavailable. We ask that you make your selections quickly.

Library Hours as of March 29th, 2021

Monday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Tuesday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm, 5 pm to 6:50 pm

Thursday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm, 5 pm to 6:50 pm

Friday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 11:50 am

Please remember that items that are returned and in quarantine will remain checked out to you until they can be backdated and checked in. Also, because of quarantine, items that are requested from other libraries take about two weeks to arrive.

Items returned Monday and Tuesday will be checked in on the following Monday. Items returned Wednesday will be checked in on Tuesday. Items returned Thursday will be checked in on Wednesday. Items returned Friday will be checked in on Thursday. Items returned on Saturday and Sunday will be checked in on the following Saturday.

New Playaway Collection

The Greenville Public Library is pleased to announce a new in-house collection for young readers. Thanks to an Illinois State Library Grant, we were able to purchase Playaways. The Grant was awarded to the Greenville Public Library in the amount of $2750. We were able to buy a total of 55 Playaways for juveniles and teens to enjoy. Playaway is the pre-loaded audiobook that gives patrons the portability and freedom to listen to audiobooks anytime, anywhere. Playaway's universal audio jack is compatible with headphones and auxiliary cords. If earbuds are needed, a pair may be purchased at the library for 50 cents. Click here to see a list of the Playaways that are in our collection. If we don't have the title you are looking for, it may be available through interlibrary loan.

Poetry Contest at the Library

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Did you know that National Library Week is April 4th to April 10th? Well, we are all about passing along information at the library! To celebrate, the Greenville Public Library will be hosting a Poetry Contest.

There will be three age groups:

Kindergarten - 3rd grade
4th grade - 8th grade
high school students
If interested, please look over the flyer, by clicking the link above, and follow the guidelines for the contest. All poems need to be submitted to the library no later that Saturday, April 10th. Call the Library if you have any questions.

Wednesday Toddler Story Time

Join us for Toddler Story Time on Wednesdays at 10:30 am on the Greenville Public Library lawn (weather permitting). Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Toddler Story Time will start on Wednesday, April 7th and run until Wednesday, May 26th. Miss Jo will lead songs and finger plays and read books. Every attendee will leave with a craft to do at home. Please check the website or call the library about cancellations. 

Celebrating Mother's Day

If you have a special mom in your life, or if you are one, enter our drawing to win a Mother's Day gift. During the week of May 3rd through May 8th, enter a mom's name in our drawing. You may enter one name per visit. You do not need to be a library patron to participate. We do ask that the name entered is a mom and lives in the Greenville Library service area. We will choose a name Monday, May 10th and contact the winner with details.

Happy Mother's Day!