September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Columbia Library is celebrating with a bookmark design contest and drawings for new and current patrons throughout September. 

Sign up for a library card in September for a chance to win a $25 gift card to a restaurant of your choice!

Friday Drawings

When you checkout books in September, put your name into our weekly gift drawing! At the end each Friday, we will draw and call a winner. The gift baskets support a local business. 

Fire up your Imagination: Bookmark Design Contest!

Design a bookmark for the Columbia Library! Turn in deadline has been extended to September 23rd. Bookmarks will be judged in the library and on social media September 25-30th.

Mayor Metter Break Ground, 1976
New Building, 1976
Fundraising new addition, 1994

About Us

In 1951, the Columbia Women’s Club felt Columbia, Illinois needed a public library. They gave up their normal meeting space in the room above City Hall and began furnishing it as a demonstration library. After a few attempts, the Columbia Library was established as a tax payer funded library on May 1, 1959. 

Our Mission

Columbia Public Library seeks to enrich the lives of their community by supporting literacy, learning, and personal growth.

Our Services

Columbia Library has a diverse collection of materials for patrons to checkout,


electronic Books & Media

Checkout books, magazines, newspapers, and movies on your smart devices.

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Library of Things

We have more than books! Checkout some fun games, educational kits, exercise programs, hotspots, and more!


Interlibrary Loans

If you cannot find the item you want from a library in our SHARE catalog, we can request the item from another library around the world!


Other Services

Columbia Library has printing, copy, fax, lamination, and notary services available to the general public.

Patron Stories

"The library has played a role on my life has allowed me to read books about anything. I have read a whole series I never have read if it weren't for the library. I love the library a lot!
Ella H.
“I have never really been able to read a lot. I have read more within the last year I believe than I've ever read in my life. Which is saying a lot, since I'm in my 60's. There is always something available to read at the library and I really appreciate how pleasant my experience has been with the Columbia Library. They are very pleasant and accommodating to my reading interests. Thanks for all you do!”
Ann J.
“You guys have some of the best books. The people here are so nice. You have some fun very fun activities here. I like to read and get some books here. You guys have very organized books, so we can find our books easier."
Brock r.

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