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"Nothing, it appears to me is of greater value in a man than the power of judgement; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest fulled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art."

—Pietro Aretino (1492-1556) Italian poet, writer, dramatist


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Everything we do for you, inside the library or out

       Mt. Carmel Public Library

727 Mulberry St * Mt. Carmel, IL 62863 * 618-263-3531

FAX 618-262-4243 *


Computer Use

The library has 12 computers for patron use.  The computer workstations all have access to the internet as well as Microsoft Office 2007.  Patrons are allowed a maximum of one hour a day for personal use, but can arrange for extra time for work and homework.  The computers do not have speakers, but headphones are available.


Wireless Internet

Patrons are invited to use their own laptops to connect to the library’s Wi-Fi.  There is no time limit or charge for using Wi-Fi.


Interlibrary Loan

The Shawnee Library System includes 116 school districts, 76 public libraries, 18 special libraries and 12 academic libraries.  Patrons can request library materials from any of the libraries in the Shawnee System from the library staff or online from the library website.  Additional materials can be requested (for a fee) from other library systems both in the USA and abroad by library staff.


Online Book Request

Patrons can access WEBPAC online from the library website at anytime to request items through the Shawnee System.  Searches can be made using keyword, author or title and can be limited to items from Mt. Carmel Public Library, Large Type or Selected Media Format.  In order to use this system patrons need a current library card in good standing and a PIN.  The PIN must be established by library personnel.


Online Access to Patron Records

Patrons with a current library card in good standing and a PIN can access their own patron record online.  This allows patrons to place/ cancel requests on library materials, renew books and check due dates and fines.


Flexible pick up/drop

Shawnee System delivery drivers log in excess of 250,000 miles each year delivering materials to member libraries.  Books are delivered throughout the Shawnee Library System several times a week.  Therefore library materials can be picked up or dropped off at any member library.  Patrons’ library cards are honored at all the member libraries.


Homebound Service

Homebound patrons are able to have books picked up and dropped off on Fridays.  Please contact library staff for more information or to request homebound service.



Faxes can be sent/ received during library hours.  The cost to send a fax is $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page.  Receiving a fax costs $.50 per page.  International faxes have an additional charge.



The library’s Konica printer/copier is used to print from the library computers as well as copy.  It has excellent picture quality and can print in black and white as well as color.  It can also print on various sizes and qualities of paper.  Colored copies are $1 each and black and white copies are $.25.



The library’s extensive collection of VHS and DVD’s are available for loan.  VHS are loaned for 7 days and DVD’s are loaned for 3.  Copies of the case covers are kept in binders at the front desk for patron review.  Additional titles are available through interlibrary loan.


Audio Books/Music

Perfect for commuting, trips and the visually impaired, audio books and music albums are available in cassette, CD and MP3 formats.  Copies of the case covers are kept in binders at the front desk for patron review.  Additional titles are available through interlibrary loan.  Although Mt. Carmel Public Library has a limited collection of music, additional albums are available through interlibrary loan.



Some juvenile literature is available in a kit comprising the physical book as well as the audio version.


Multiple formats

Many titles are available in multiple formats, i.e. hardcover, paperback, large print and audio.



The Mt. Carmel Public Library has subscriptions to numerous newspapers including the Daily Republican Register, USA Today, Evansville Courier, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and Sumner Press.  Magazine subscriptions include Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Business Week, Coinage, Diabetic Living, Entertainment Weekly, Family Circle, Fitness, Ladies Home Journal, Motor Trend, Parents, Popular Science Prevention and Reader’s Digest.  Additional titles are available on occasion.



Genealogy materials are available for use by anyone in the library during library hours.  Limited help is available from knowledgeable staff.  The staff, on occation, with approval from the director, can conduct limited research.  Military, family, census, local history books and much more are included in the collection.  Copies are $.25 per page.



There are dozens of puzzles available to check out or for library use.


Summer Reading

Each summer the Library hosts Summer Reading.  This year the program dates are Thursdays, 10am -11am,  June 23 – July 28, 2011.  The theme is “A Mid-Summer Knight's Read”.  Ages preschool – grade 6 are welcome.


Noon Book Review

The third Thursday of each month, patrons meet at 12pm for the Noon Book Review.  The list of books to be discussed and the discussion leaders is available at the circulation desk.


5K Run/Walk

The Mt. Carmel Public Library in conjunction with the Library Foundation hosts a 5K Walk/Run each year.  This year’s 5K starts at 8 am on June 10, 2011.  Early registration is $15.  Registration after June 1st is $20.


Meeting Room

The meeting room is available for community use by civic groups, organizations and businesses, and is available only on days the Library is open.  To help defray some of the expenses of maintaining the facilities, there is a fee of $25.00 to be paid by all for-profit groups and businesses.  Reservations for the use of the facilities must be made at least two days in advance with the library staff and be approved by the Library Director.



The Adult Literacy Program and many private tutors use library facilities for tutoring sessions throughout the week.



The Mt. Carmel Public Library’s year round adopt-a-book program is a rewarding opportunity to give a gift that can be opened again and again.  A new book will be ordered and a bookplate will be inserted in the adopted book with the message of your choice.  This is a perfect way to commemorate special occasions or loved ones.



        is an Internet-based reference service that allows information seekers to interact online and in real time with a skilled librarian.  The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Tax Forms

                The Mt. Carmel Public Library has some 2010 state tax forms.  Federal forms and instructions are available online at  Library staff can help you locate and print basic tax forms.


Donations Accepted

New books and current best sellers are particularly welcome.

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