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"Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side."

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) American writer, philosopher, poet, essayist


Who We Are

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Roodhouse Public Library was founded in May of 1926. We have remained in the same building since, expanding and adding on as needs required us to do so. We are a city library supported by taxes from the city and a few small grants from the government. We rely on fines, and other fees that we charge, as well as donations from supporters to finance us. We invite everyone to come in and take advantage of the Roodhouse Public Library and its many services.

The Roodhouse Public Library  is located at 220 West Franklin Street. The Public Library provides free check outservices to all residents living within the city boundaries with services are available to all others for a fee.

The library  holds many materials including, childrens fiction and non fiction books as well as adult books, magazines, books on cassette. CDs and dvds are also now available for check-out. Along with the books and other items you can check out, we have a large collection of research materials to be used in the library. Our geneology section has been expanding and can be accessed by the public as well.

We have six computers available for public use, internet access is available. If you are not familar with using a computer our staff can help you get started. Its a great way to job hunt, keep in touch with friends and study. We also offer faxing, copies, tax forms, and the talking books program for persons that are physically handicapped or with impared vision.

We do not check our DVDs out to other libraries. This is a policy that the board has discussed many times and we feel that it is in our best interest to keep them for Roodhouse Patrons ONLY at this time. Sorry, for any inconvience this may cause.

If we don't have the book or materials that you are looking for we can try to locate it from another library in our state. Our staff will be happy to  help in finding the item you would like.

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

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Location & Hours

Roodhouse Public Library

220 West Franklin St.
Roodhouse, Illinois 62082

Mon. thru Fri.1-6 PM

Sat. 9-noon
Sun. Closed

Closed for all major holidays.