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LOCATION
405 West Main Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
618-457-0354
 

HOURS

Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-6pm 
Sun: 1pm-6pm
"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

Our Mission Statement

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"Carbondale Public Library provides resources and services to support the educational, informational, cultural, and
recreational needs of its community."

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The Carbondale Public Library (CPL) provides free services to all residents living within the city boundaries.  CPL honors all valid Illinois public library cards, though some restrictions may apply. Services are available to all others for a fee. CPL is part of the Shawnee Library System.

The Shawnee Library System holds over 425,615 materials including over 394,000 books, and 28,000 compact discs, cassette tapes and books on cassette.

Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. Welcome to the Carbondale Public Library!

 

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