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Confidentiality of records

The Champaign County Library specifically recognizes that its circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users with specific materials or Internet activity are confidential in nature.  No such records shall be made available to any agency of state, federal or local government, or to any individual not specifically authorized by the library director for legitimate business purposes, except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or admin

Distribution of community information

The library will provide at its discretion limited space for the distribution of community information materials, free handouts or the posting of flyers, notices, and posters, which present current and relevant news about nonprofit education, cultural, public interest and recreational services.

Distribution or posting of community information materials does not necessarily indicate the library’s endorsement of the issues or events promoted by the materials.

Fines and Fees

To check out materials, patrons must have a current library card in good standing.

For an account to be in good standing, the account balance must be at or below $5.00 and can not have more than one item overdue.

The library does not charge fines for overdue items.

Patrons agree to accept responsibility for materials for the duration of the checkout period, including failure to return the materials, and any damage incurred through abuse or misuse. If an item is lost or stolen while checked out, the patron is responsible for the cost of the item.

Genealogy Research Policy

General assistance with the resources of the genealogy collection is provided; however, the Library does not trace complete family histories or conduct in-depth research for patrons. If more extensive research is required to answer a question, the patron will be referred to the Local History Librarian.  Requests for genealogical assistance may be requested in person, by telephone, mail, fax, or electronic means. 



Genealogy & Local History Room

The Genealogy and Local History Room is open to the public whenever the library is open.

This room is not intended as a meeting room or a study area.  

The number of microfilm readers available is limited.  To allow equal access to all, you will have 30 minutes to finish up your research on the reader after being informed by a staff member that someone else is waiting to use the microfilm reader.


Material return drops

The Champaign County Library provides a materials return drop located on the west side of the building for the convenience of our patrons.   Items retrieved from the return drop before building opening will be counted – for the purpose of calculating fines – as being returned the previous day.



Meeting room

The meeting room in the library is provided for library-related activities.  These activities take precedence.  The library encourages other groups to use the meeting room when it is not needed for library-related activities, and when use will not interfere with service to other library users. 

The meeting room is available to organized, non-profit groups for public meetings of a civic, cultural, or educational nature.   

Parent's letter

Please Read Before Signing Library Application Form

            We are pleased that your son/daughter has requested a library card from the Champaign County Library.  It is our privilege to serve people of all ages with a broad selection of library materials.  We are anxious to work with parents in determining what materials are best suited for your son’s or daughter’s needs.