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Champaign Public Library

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Address: 200 W Green St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-5193
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+1 217-403-2070
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09:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 18:00
Mon - Wed 09:00 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Step into our light-filled, open spaces and see our wonderful Peter Sis...

Step into our light-filled, open spaces and see our wonderful Peter Sis murals, colorful TeenSpace, quiet meeting rooms, Latte Da! Cafe, and FriendShop Bookstore. The library, at 200 W. Green St., is open Monday–Wednesday 9-9; Thursday–Friday 9–6; Saturdays 10-6; Sundays 1-6.

Our Douglass Branch Library is located on the edge of Douglass Park. Stop in for a great selection of books, DVDs, and CDs, plus friendly service, free Internet access, and public meeting space.

Open M-Tu 10-8 | W-F 10-6 | Sat 10-4; Closed Sunday

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Surprised at the size of this library its quite spacious easy to walk round and there is seating if needed.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Quincy, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprised at the size of this library its quite spacious easy to walk round and there is seating if needed.

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1 Thank 01Freckles
Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. We are glad to hear you find the library easy to use. More 

Champaign, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Usually if there's a book of general interest that I need, it's likely to be there. For example, when planning a trip there are plenty of travel books. Also the bookstore is good to make purchases of mostly discards. There's a small coffee shop, too. If there's a quibble they are somewhat ravenous as to book fines and fees.

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1 Thank OrlandoSomera
Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comments both about the library and the Friendshop. I'm sorry if the fines and fees seem too much. If you are interested, I can suggest a couple of ideas that can help avoid missing due dates and fees. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to the library as a alternative for UIUC and Parkland libraries. The CPL has a wide range of books and movies. Great place for studying

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Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

Glad to hear that you have discovered our library and all we have to offer local students. Try out the cafe the next time you visit. More 

Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a foreign visitor I did not expect a public library to be so open and extremely valuable especially regarding small kids. The books and all the play stations with building blocks, and educational table games made our stay there a fun and instructive one. And we could use everything for free. Is a nice way to see the hours... More 

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Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

We are so pleased that the library was one of the places you decided to visit while you are in town. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I hope we will have an opportunity to see you again. More 

Savoy, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going here forever. I love the size of this place and all that they have to offer. There is a little cafe that I also recommend. Great place for families.

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Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

We love to hear that you have been coming here forever and hope that continues. Thanks for the great review. More 

Shreveport
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have lived in several places and have used many libraries but I find the Champaign Public Library to be one of the most impressive libraries I've been to. It is well staffed, well maintained and the choices are outstanding. It is a real pleasure to visit.

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Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoy visiting the library. More 

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I have not gone to the library for years but since I moved from Urbana TO Champaign I registered for a card. Very easy but be sure to bring a piece of mail to prove you are living in the City. I thought the library was beautiful, clean and well organized. I love how they put a staff choice book... More 

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Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words and glad to hear you enjoyed the book recommendations. I hope we will see you often now you have a card. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

FREE MOVIE RENTALS! Not to mention huge book selection. Excellent programs! All around amazing library and helpful staff.

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Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

Thanks Robin. Glad to hear you like what you see here. More 

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Champaign-Urbana public library underwent a huge make over some years ago. It was a childhood favorite before, now it is a family or anytime favorite place to spend time studying, reading, researching, or relaxing with my kids. There are play tables for kids and the library offers events that are usually low cost or free from time to time. Huge... More 

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Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

Glad to hear that you have a lifetime of memories at the library and are now sharing them with your kids. We are honored to be YOUR library. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is one of my favorite libraries! The space feels the way you think it should. It's bright and airy where you want it to be and quaint and quiet where it should be. The library works hard to keep it's sections very current. It also offers a wide variety of programs.

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Kristina H, Manager at Champaign Public Library, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words Melissa. We are SO glad to hear we are one of your favorite libraries. Hope we see you again soon. More 

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