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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)

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)

Toddler Story Time 

Join us weekly for Infant/Toddler Story Time on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Remember to pick up a schedule for dates, as there will be a few Wednesdays that we will not meet because of the holidays. We will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. Please call the library for any cancellations due to weather. We will try to update any news involving library events/programs on the website and WGEL. (posted Aug. 2019)

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 for Greenville cardholders only.
  • 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)

TumbleBooks to Offer Free Service to Libraries

Many companies have stepped up to offer services to people who are social-distancing because of COVID-19. We contacted TumbleBooks to have accounts set up for the community. The Direct Links provided do not require library cards or authentication. The links will log users in with the click of a button. When logging in without the direct link, our username is: tumble2020 and the password is: A3b5c6. - K-6 children's ebook database

Direct Link: - K-6 math ebook database

Direct Link: - 7 - 12 ebook database

Direct Link: - all ages audiobook database

Direct Link: - a huge collection of steamy romance for the older crowd

Direct Link:

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. The Greenville Public Library has been offered this service until August 31, 2020. (posted Apr. 2020)

Summer Reading 2020

This year's reading programs will look a little different, but we wanted to continue to encourage our patrons and community members to read. Hopefully, you are taking advantage of our digital resources. As usual, we are offering two programs, a children's program and a teen/adult program. The Children's Program, At Home Bingo, is for children who can read on their own up to children going into 8th grade. The Teen and Adult Reading Program is for children entering high school and up. Because At Home Bingo might not be appealing to some children entering Junior High (6th - 8th), they have the option of doing the children's program or the teen/adult program (not both). Our summer programs usually begin on June 1st, but since we under a shelter-in-place order, we are beginning on May 1st and will run to August 3rd. Please click on the links provided above for the flyers for each program for more information. You do not need a library account to participate, but you do need access to books. If you need information or assistance on how to access your account's digital library, or other digital resources, please call us during the week at 664-3115. We are in the office from 8 am to 10 am. (posted Apr. 2020)

Library To Begin Curbside Pickup

Beginning Thursday, June 4th, the library will offer curbside pickup for local items for patrons with Greenville library cards. If you have not returned your items yet, we are asking that books currently checked out be returned in our drop box. Items will begin accruing fines on Monday, June 15th. Requesting books from other libraries is currently not an option. There are three ways to order: call the library (664-3115), email Christal with a list of desired items (, order items on the SHARE website using your barcode and PIN ( Visit the SHARE website for our library catalog. Limit by "My Library" and search for titles that are available at this location. We will offer curbside 5 days a week from 10 am to 1 pm. We are limiting households to five items per week. Please be aware that if it is raining, curbside will be cancelled for the day. All pickup times will get moved to the corresponding day the following week unless a patron calls to reschedule. For patrons wanting to open an account, please call the library for assistance. 

After assessing your account and your requests, we will set up a time for pickup. Click here to see a detailed plan for our curbside process. If you have any questions, please call us at 664-3115. (posted June 2020)

UPDATE: ALL fines charged to accounts on items checked out preCOVID will be reduced by half. (posted June 2020)

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 three to seven days. 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 3 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. For any questions, please call the library at 664-3115. (posted June 2020) (updated July 2020)

Phase 4 Expansion in the Works

The Greenville Public Library Board met on Thursday, June 11th and approved a plan for expanding our services in Phase 4. We know that many of you want to know when the building will be open for computer use and browsing. We want you to know that we have submitted our plan to the Health Department, City Council, and County Board. The Greenville Library Board is taking all possible steps to open safely and responsibly. Information will be updated once we are able to move forward.

Our library system (IHLS) will reactivate interlibrary loan requests for libraries who are ready on Wednesday, July 1, before delivery resumes full service on Monday, July 6th. The Greenville Public Library will receive deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays. All items delivered will be quarantined for 3 days. Once the 3 days are up, the library will check in items and contact patrons who have items to pick up. Since libraries and sorting centers are quarantining all items for 3 days, the interlibrary loan process will be slower. We appreciate your patience during this time. (posted June 2020)

Beginning July 7th... Library Service Expansion!

Beginning Tuesday, July 7th, the Greenville Public Library, with the approval of the Library Board, Health Department, and  city officials, will begin the next phase of expanding library services. We will continue to offer curbside service in the morning from 10 to 11:50 for patrons who prefer a no-contact option (refer to earlier post for more information about curbside). The library will close for an hour for lunch. The library building will open from 1 pm to 4 pm for patrons who would like to "grab & go" or use a computer. Since capacity is limited, patrons are required to call the library to make an appointment in order to maintain social distancing. Grab & Go appointments will be for 20 minutes; computer appointments will be for 45 minutes. Library staff will clean "touch" points frequently. Masks are required. Using hand sanitizer upon entry will also be required. For patrons who are unable to wear masks, we are happy to offer a reasonable accommodation by scheduling an appointment for curbside delivery. 

During this next phase, limits on items has changed. Patrons scheduling curbside pickup can order up to 5 items per appointment. Patrons are not limited to one appointment per week, like it was in June. As long as the 20 item limit has not been met, you may continue to use curbside. Patrons who make an appointment for Grab & Go may check out up to 20 items. All accounts may not exceed 20 items at any time. Please remember that items that are returned and in quarantine will remain checked out to you for 3 to 7 days, until they can be backdated and checked in. All returns are to be placed in the drop box.

Patrons who need to make copies, fax, scan, or use our notary services may set up an appointment for Grab & Go. Patrons who need to use a computer to print items may set up an appointment to use a computer. 

The restroom will be locked. For emergencies, ask an employee for assistance. (posted July 2020)

Click here to see a detailed plan for this next phase.