Mission Statement

The Friends of the Columbia Public Library encourage all people in our community to be lifelong readers and learners. The Friends of the Library are committed to providing funds for the library to maintain high level informational and educational programs for the citizens of Columbia, Illinois. Through our efforts of membership and fundraising we provide access to books, programs and technical resources; provided at the Columbia Public Library. We believe this is a vital part of being a successful community in Monroe County. 

Our History

In 1951 the Columbia Woman’s Club proposed that the City of Columbia needed a public library. The group helped organize and promote Bookmobile visits to the Columbia schools starting in the early 1950’s. In 1958 a public library was established on the top floor of the Columbia City Hall. The current library building was constructed in 1976 on the site of Columbia’s first electric plant and pond. The construction of the Library was financed by the Friends of the Library. These dedicated members (and their families) put their own homes up as collateral for the original construction loan. In 1994 an addition to the building doubled the size by providing improved reading and shelving areas and lower level meeting rooms. More recent renovations include a new children’s collection area, a reorganized main floor as well as new carpet and tile. These renovations and the constant upkeep of books, programs and technical resources are widely funded through The Friends of the Columbia Public Library today.

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2024 Meeting Schedule

The Friends of the Library meets quarterly on the fourth Monday of the following months. 

  • January 22, 2024                   
  • April 22, 2024
  • July 22, 2024
  • October 28, 2024
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