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"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


Materials, Equipment, Features and Services

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Everything we have and do for you, inside the library or out.


With your library card, you have access to books, videos/DVDs, audio books, large print books, magazines, newspapers, microfilm, E-books, and music CDs.  If we do not own it or have it on the shelf, we can place a  hold on another library's copy, and borrow it in for you.



The Library has nine internet-ready computers available for public use.  Each computer can print to a color laser printer.  We also have a copy machine, color scanner, fax machine, microfilm reader/printer, typewriter, piano, and wireless (Wi-Fi) internet access.    Equipment that checks out to a person with a valid library card includes an LCD projector, an overhead projector, and a slide projector.  Copies and black & white printouts are 15 cents per page; color copies and printouts are 25 cents per page.  The first 15 copies for schoolwork or resumes are free.  


Features & Services

The Library offers the following features and services:

  • Reserves for popular materials
  • Downloadable audio books and e-books
  • Online card catalog
  • Online magazine databases
  • Online auto repair database
  • Online genealogy database
  • Meeting Room for public use
  • Homebound Program
  • Voter registration
  • Genealogy room
  • "Travel the States" vertical file
  • Interlibrary loan

Youth and Teen Services

Throughout the year, we have a variety of programs for children and teens, the biggest, of course, is the 6-week long Summer Reading Club.  We also try to have "Game Night" a couple of times a year for Grades 7-High School.  Our teen panel, made up of high school students, who help out during the year with a variety of projects, the biggest being the Jerseyville Halloween Festival.


Homebound Program

We have implemented a Homebound Program for those who enjoy reading, but are unable to make the trip to the Library.  This service offers all the materials of the library including regular and large print books, periodicals, audio books, videos/dvds, and music CDs and cassettes.

For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact Laurie Ingram here at the Library at 618-498-9514 or email her at


Community Spaces (Meeting Room) in the Library

The Jerseyville Public Library's meeting room is available for meetings, classes, parties and other functions.  It has a separate entrance, tables and chairs, is handicap accessible, and offers access to the kitchen and rest rooms.  Civic, educational and not-for-profit groups may use the meeting room free of charge during Library hours; fees are charged to other groups and for after-hours use.  Currently, not-for-profit groups pay $10.00/hour for after-hours use.  Other for-profit groups would pay $20.00/hour during or after library hours.

Location & Hours


105 North Liberty Street
Jerseyville, IL  62052

Phone:  618.498.9514
Fax:  618.498.3036

Monday -Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

For a list of holiday closings, click here.

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