Everything we do for you, inside the library or out
Circulation: Always have your library card with you. The loan period for most materials is three weeks. Phone renewals are accepted but we will ask for your barcode number. Some materials cannot be renewed. Confirmation is required to renew your materials. Reference questions by telephone are welcome.
Automated Catalog and Interlibrary Loan: Our patrons may use the public access terminals to search the database of over 400 libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System. Materials not held in our library may be delivered from member libraries by using the patron’s barcode number. Materials not held in the database may be searched on OCLC–from any state, and from several countries!
Computers: A variety of computers are located throughout the building. Word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint are available. A Visitor’s Pass may be issued for eligible patrons, a person with a valid ID who owes no library fines yet does not have a valid library card.
Photocopy: There is a public access photocopier located near the children’s library adjacent to the circulation desk. Copies are 10 cents per page. The copier does do duplex copies but does not collate.
Story Time: Every Tuesday at 6pm throughout the year. Every Wednesday from 11:00 – 11:45 AM September through May, ages from birth to five years. Please check the website calendar or call the library to see when Story Time will be happening.
The Children’s Librarian, Emily Drone, visits several daycare centers in the district. This outreach program creates partnerships to help ensure a good beginning for children in our district.
Craft Programs are offered for various ages at various dates/times. Please check the website calendar.
Brown Bag and Books on the fourth Wednesday of each month (January through October) from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which TumbleBooks Inc licensed from children’s book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.
The library offers two genealogy databases: HeritageQuest and Ancestry.com HeritageQuest is available for remote usage, but Ancestry.com is available only in-house.
We now offer debit/credit card services for fines/fees, lost materials, gifts and donations. This service is available in-house or online for amounts over $3.00.
Meeting rooms are available on the lower level of the library. The Alice H. Barnes Conference Room is more conducive for a larger crowd while the Robert Gregg Board Room seats 9 people. More information can be found in the Meeting Room Policy.
The Robert Gregg Board Room also houses the Saline County Law Library. The law library is open to the public for self-help.
On November 11, 1997, we became a district library with boundaries matching Harrisburg Community Unit School District #3. The eastern portion of Saline County has since been added to the Harrisburg Public Library District. You may print this form to bring with you when applying for a card. Be sure to bring a photo ID with current address, or photo ID plus something showing your current address. A utility bill mailed to your present address is an example of proof of residence in the library district.
- To obtain a library card, a patron must show identification with a current address. Driver’s licenses are usually requested because it contains all the necessary information plus a photo ID.
- Children under the age of sixteen may obtain a library card with parent’s signature on the application.
- Minors aged sixteen or older may obtain the card but must list the parent’s name on the application.
Non-residents (those living outside the Harrisburg Public Library District) should be sure whether or not they pay taxes to a local library. If no taxes are paid to support a library, the patron should go to the library closest to them to purchase a library card. The non-resident fee is in lieu of taxes and is paid annually to that library.
There are four library districts in Saline County: Harrisburg Public Library District, Carrier Mills/Stonefort Public Library District, Eldorado Memorial Public Library District, and Galatia Public Library District.
Gallatin County has only the Shawneetown Public Library for the residents of Shawneetown. Hardin County has only the Rosiclare Memorial Public Library for the residents of Rosiclare. Pope County has only the Golconda Public Library for the residents of Golconda. If you reside outside the city limits of these towns, you must pay a non-resident fee to obtain a library card.
Materials are generally due back within 21 days (3 weeks). These materials include children’s books, non-fiction, periodicals, audio books and fiction. On the twenty-second day, a fine of 10 cents per day per item begins to be charged to the patron’s record. Fines must be under $3.00 in order to check out any material from the library.
Videos and Story Hour kits circulate for seven (7) days. On the eighth day, a fine of ten cents ($.10) per video begins to be charged to the patron’s record.
Lost or Destroyed materials are charged cost plus $5.00 processing fee.
Damaged materials may be assessed, fees to cover minor repairs. These fees will vary due to the material and repairs required.
Printing charges are 10 cents per page for the photocopier and black/white copies from the computers. Prints from the microfilm machine are 25 cents each. Color prints from the computer are $1.00 per page. There is no charge if items are scanned to a disc; however, the library does not provide storage devices of any type. No copyrighted photographs are to be scanned using library equipment. It is an infringement of copyright law.