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 2023
New Year’s Day (Observed) January 2, 2023
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 16, 2023 (All staff training day)
President’s Day February 20, 2023
Easter (Observed) April 8, 2023
Memorial Day May 29, 2023
Juneteenth June 19, 2023
Independence Day July 4, 2023
Labor Day September 4, 2023
Thanksgiving November 23 and 24, 2023
Christmas Eve (Observed) December 23, 2023
Christmas Day December 25, 2023
New Year’s Eve (Observed) December 30, 2023
The following are the dates Effingham Public Library will be open reduced hours of 9am – 1pm:
Good Friday April 7, 2023
Our all staff training days are as follows. We will be operating on adjusted hours in order to provide continuing education and improvement to staff.
March 9, 2023 11am – 7pm
May 9, 2023 8am – 4pm
July 13, 2023 11am – 7pm
September 12, 2023 8am – 4pm
November 9, 2023 11am – 7pm
The Effingham Public Library: A catalyst for positive action.
The Effingham Public Library creates unique opportunities to connect with literature, learning, and the community.
Connection and Service
Mon-Thu: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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.