About the Library

About the Library

Welcome to the Effingham Public Library. The Effingham Public Library is the public library of Effingham, Illinois. We have over 50,000 books, magazines, and audio-visual materials and an annual circulation of over 250,000 items. We also offer a wide variety of programs and services. We are a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System. We have a nine member board of trustees that set policy and services, approve plans, and holiday closings for our library. To learn more about our board, meetings, and minutes, please click here.

Library Holidays 2024

The following are the dates Effingham Public Library will be observing 2024 holidays and closed for business:

New Year’s Day January 1, 2024
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15, 2024 (All staff training day)
President’s Day February 19, 2024
Easter (Observed) March 30, 2024
Memorial Day May 27, 2024
Juneteenth June 19, 2024
Independence Day July 4, 2024
Labor Day September 2, 2024
Thanksgiving November 28 and 29, 2024
Christmas Eve December 24, 2024
Christmas Day December 25, 2024
New Year’s Eve December 31, 2024

The following are the dates Effingham Public Library will be open reduced hours of 9am – 1pm:

Good Friday March 29, 2024


Our all staff training days are as follows. We will be closed in order to provide continuing education and improvement to staff.

January 15, 2024 (All staff required training day) CLOSED all day in observance of
Martin Luther King holiday
August 8, 2024 CLOSED

Our Vision

The Effingham Public Library: A catalyst for positive action.


Our Mission

The Effingham Public Library creates unique opportunities to connect with literature, learning, and the community.


Our Values

Connection and Service

Library Hours

Mon-Thu: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Fri: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sat: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Closed Sundays

Effingham Public Library

Suzette Brumleve Memorial

In August 2016, the Board of the Effingham Public Library voted unanimously to accept a donation of $400,000 from the COHIHO Family Foundation to the Library’s Building Fund, bringing the Foundation’s donation to the Library to $500,000 and closing out the Library’s initial $2 million fundraising campaign toward the cost of renovating the facility. The facility opened in September 2015.

The donation was made in memory of local elementary teacher, Suzette Brumleve. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Suzette recognized the important work of libraries in supporting literacy in their communities. She was passionate about learning, literacy, and children. When she and her husband passed away, her family and friends thought this donation would be a fantastic way to honor her legacy while supporting the Effingham Public Library for future generations.

To honor her dedication to the children of Effingham, the building that houses the library at 200 N. Third Street is named the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library for 75 years in her honor.

The COHIHO Family Foundation was set up by Joe and Suzette Brumleve in May of 2000 from proceeds gained through the sales of the successful businesses they had established over the years. Businesses like Brumleve & Dabbs, Professional Software Inc., Focussoft and Eaglesoft were all started in Effingham and provided fulfilling careers that impacted hundreds of families throughout the community.