True to its mission statement, the Glen Carbon Centennial Library (GCCL) anticipates and meets the needs of Glen Carbon. Beyond loaning books and offering a place to work or study, the library is home to a variety of innovative programs and services. See for yourself, the GCCL is more than you expect!
About the Library Building
The current Glen Carbon Centennial Library building opened on October 4th, 2004. The 14,000 square feet space serves Glen Carbon, IL and employs 15 librarians. Next to the historic covered bridge, the library features exposed wood beams and rafters.
The building pays homage to Glen Carbon’s history of coal mining with mine lamp lighting fixtures. In 2010 the library received the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America Award.
Among the many amenities of the GCCL are glass study rooms, a community room, teen space, and a double-sided fireplace in the entryway. The building design is warm and welcoming, which suits the library perfectly. The staff at the GCCL have been described as always smiling and “downright passionate” about the library.
Services and Programs
Computer Access and “Book a Librarian”
With 20 public access computers and Microsoft Office, patrons can work or study at the library. Wireless internet is also available at the GCCL. Patrons can also scan and email documents using the public access computers.
For patrons who need help, the “Book a Librarian” service offers one-on-one tutorials. Patrons can book a librarian for free to seek help with word processing, email, and other computer programs.
3D Printing and Special Collections
The Glen Carbon Centennial Library offers its patrons access to more than just books and media. The library checks out puppets, video games, and various tools such as eReaders, entertainment equipment, and presentation equipment. Perhaps the most unique services at the GCCL are the 3D printer and Ellison die cut machine all patrons can access.
Take a step back in time and learn about Glen Carbon IL at the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum.
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