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"Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence."

—Erich Fromm (1900-80) German-born American psychoanalyst, emphasized role of social conditioning


Who We Are

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The Jerseyville Public Library is located at 105 North Liberty Street, Jerseyville, IL. The Library provides free services to all residents living within the city boundaries with services available to all others for a fee, currently $135.00 per household annually.

The Jerseyville Public Library has served the needs of Jerseyville and Jersey County residents since it was established in 1894.  The Library moved into its Carnegie facility in 1904.  As Jersey County grew, library use increased so in 1965 the Library joined the Lewis & Clark Library System.  This made additional materials available for patrons through intralibrary loan.


In 1986, with the assistance of a Build Illinois State grant, Federal Revenue Sharing, and a local fund drive, a major expansion of the Jerseyville Public Library was undertaken.  Completed in 1987, the Library more than doubled its size.  The expansion and renovation also allowed the entire building to become handicap accessible.


In 1991, the Library automated in the Lewis & Clark consortia, Gatenet.  Through Gatenet and other online databases, the Jerseyville Public Library can easily request in materials for patrons.


On July 1, 2012 the Lewis & Clark Library System merged with three other library systems in Illinois:  Lincoln Trail, Rolling Prairie, and Shawnee.  Together we are the Illinois Heartland Library System.  As a result, the new library system also has merged each library's Local Library System Automation Program (LLSAP) to form SHARE.  SHARE encompasses 427 libraries throughout the southern half of Illinois. 


On April 9, 2013, SHARE will go live with a new automation platform with over 1,600,000 patrons and nearly 10,000,000 items!



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

Our Mission

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The mission of the Jerseyville Public Library is to provide its citizens with access to materials and information for work, school, and personal life that are both educational and entertaining.
Location & Hours


105 North Liberty Street
Jerseyville, IL  62052

Phone:  618.498.9514
Fax:  618.498.3036

Monday -Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

For a list of holiday closings, click here.

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