Mission Statement

“Carbondale Public Library provides resources and services to support the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of its community.”

The Carbondale Public Library (CPL) provides free services to all residents living within the city boundaries.  CPL honors all valid Illinois public library cards, though some restrictions may apply. Services are available to all others for a fee. CPL is part of the Illinois Heartland Library System.

The Illinois Heartland Library System has 521 member libraries. Our members have access to almost 10 million items through our local library system automation project. This is the largest library automation consortium in North America. 

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

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