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Ask a Librarian


    Ask a Librarian Hours:
    Summer 2021 (effective May 17 – August 20):
    9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday;
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday;
    5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday.
    No service on May 31 and July 5.
  • Ask a Librarian Privacy Policy
  • Email Us — Responses within one business day.
  • Text Us: (217) 686-4361
    You can SMS text the library from any cellphone that supports text messaging.  Standard charges apply, based on your cell phone plan with your account provider, for both messages you send and receive from us.
  • Visit Us at the Information Desk — First Floor, Main Library.
  • Information Desk Hours:
    Summer 2021 (effective June 28 – August 20):

    Beginning on Monday June 28th, the Main Library building will be open: Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm
    The Information Desk will be available for phone and online inquiries Monday through Friday starting at 9 am and for in-person business from 10 am to 5 pm.
    There will be no service on Saturdays or Sundays or on May 31 and July 5.

Get Subject Expert Help

  • Find Your Subject Library or Specialized Service — These libraries and services have resources on specific subjects and can assist you with recommended search resources for advanced research. The subject specialists page includes contact information for subject specialist librarians, and many include links through which you can directly schedule an appointment with a specialist.

Suggest a Purchase

  • Suggest a Purchase — Ask the library to buy a book, film, or other information source you need by providing basic author and title information. Your request will be forwarded to the appropriate subject specialist.

Information for Specific Groups