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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

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The Eureka Public Library District is located at 202 South Main Street, Eureka. The Eureka Public Library District Library provides free services to all residents living within Olio and Cruger Township boundaries.

Eureka Public Library District has over 39,550 books available for checkout, with a much larger collection available by requests made through the Alliance Library System and by interlibrary loan. In addition to books for all ages, we also have magazines, newspapers, books on cassette and CD, music CD's, computer software, DVD's, video tapes, Discovery Kits (backpacks for children filled with books, puzzles, games and hands-on materials), Just for E.W.E. Kits (themed kits for adults with books and materials, such as bread making, tennis, scrapbooking and more!) and Playaways.

 Many people enter our library to utilize print and electronic reference resources, access the Internet through the Library’s fiber-optic connection, enjoy state-of-the-art Wi-fi service, participate in computer and Internet training, view a display, or attend one of the Library’s many events.

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

Our Mission Statement

    The Eureka Public Library District will create an environment where life-long habits of learning & self-expression are encouraged & where all members of the community can meet their educational, informational, and recreational needs.

Location & Hours

202 S. Main St.
Eureka, IL 61530

M, T & TH: 9am-8pm
Wed & Fri: 9am-6pm

Saturday 9am-2pm

(Closed Saturdays between

Memorial Day and Labor Day)


Closed Sunday


Not finished with a book or DVD? Call 467-2922 to renew.

Messages left for renews after closing will be renewed with next day's date.

(Please include your name and phone number in your message.)

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