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 MISSION

The Danville Public Library, recognizing the diverse needs of the community it serves, shall actively provide access to informational, educational, cultural, and recreational materials and programs in order to promote an informed citizenship, enrich personal lives, and improve the quality of leisure time.

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The first library in Danville was probably the Vermilion County Library, described in the Danville Enquirer, on November 4, 1837. It was open to all who would pay $1.50 to subscribe. It had a collection of approximately 118 volumes at the time of the news article. "The library is kept upstairs in the room immediately contiguous to the Printing Office and directly opposite the United States Hotel." (This location has not been located on any existing map of Danville).

Library StatueThe next impetus for a public library as we now know it for the citizens of Danville came in 1864 when James Culbertson of the First Presbyterian Church bequeathed his collection of books to form a nucleus for a public library.

Three other collections were ultimately consolidated to form the Danville Public Library in 1883. After renting library space in three downtown locations over twenty years, the Board of Trustees applied to Andrew Carnegie, a philanthropist, for funds to build a home for the library. Carnegie granted the city $40,000 and construction began in 1903.

On November 7, 1904, the public was welcomed into the new building. The library was so popular that, by 1911, the Library had outgrown the space in the new building. A second request for construction funds from Mr. Carnegie was denied, thus beginning the re-arranging of services and books that was to continue for 80 years.

The only major addition to the Carnegie building in 90 years was made possible by a $5000 bequest from longtime library trustee Augustus Webster, who died in 1923. As a result of his generosity, the fiction stack room behind the circulation desk was built in 1929. In 1977, a referendum to build a new library failed. In 1980 a new east entrance was constructed in order to comply with handicapped accessibility laws.

When property located on the same block as the present library became available in 1993, the Board of Trustees began planning for a new, modern, efficient library building. In order to achieve this goal, a unique partnership was forged. The City Council committed $2.5 million, and the "Bring the Dream Alive in '95" committee of the Library Foundation worked to raise $1.5 million in private gifts from nearly 1,300 citizens. Success was achieved on May 26, 1994. This time, instead of one man paying for the new library building, the entire community was involved.

The Secretary of State/State Librarian, George Ryan, provided $400,000 to the project in the form of a library construction grant which allowed the purchase of new shelving and furnishings for the new 2-story 39,800 square foot building.

Actual construction began in mid-August, 1994. On September 29, 1995, the general contractor, English Brothers of Champaign, turned over the keys to the library's Assistant Director, Phill Cohee.

The Carnegie Building was closed September 30, after a Great Radio Flyer Wagon Train of 550 children initiated the moving of the books by moving part of the children's collection to the new building in their wagons.

The grand opening for the new Danville Public Library was held at 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 7, 1995, exactly 91 years to the day the Carnegie building opened to Danville residents.

Thus began a significant new chapter in the life of the Danville Public Library. "Dreams Come True."

HOURS

We are open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m and Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  We're closed Sundays and the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Day before Thanksgiving -- close 5 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving
  • December 23 -- close 5 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas
  • New Year's Eve -- close 5 p.m.

In addition, the library is closed for all-day staff workshops twice a year, in the Spring and Fall.  These days will be posted on the library's home page.

 LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Linda Bolton, President
  • Jim Kouzmanoff, Vice President
  • George Vrentas, Treasurer
  • Anne Sacheli, Secretary
  • Jane A. Andrews
  • Martha Espino
  • Jim Knoblauch
  • Cindy Parr-Barrett
  • Melissa Rome
  • Bill Satterwhite, Member Emeritus

 MINUTES (posted for 60 days)

 BY-LAWS

 PHONE NUMBERS

(Area Code 217)

Administration/Business Office: 477-5220 Foundation: 477-5223 ext. 114
Adult Services/Checkout: 477-5220 Outreach: 477-5227
Audiovisual: 477-5224 Reference/Archives: 477-5228
Children's: 477-5225 Teen Space: 477-5226
FAX: 477-5230

 

 ADMINISTRATION & DEPARTMENT HEADS

Coming soon.


NEWSLETTERS DPL newsletter
 
Current Issue (Summer 2017)
 
Past Issues:
2017:  Winter  |  Spring
2016:  Winter  |  Spring  |  Summer  |  Fall
2015:  Winter  |  Spring  |  Summer  |  Fall
2014:  Winter  |  Spring  |  Summer  |  Fall
2013:  Winter  |  Spring  |  Summer  |  Fall
2012:  Winter  |  Spring  |  Summer  |  Fall
2011:  Spring  |  Summer  |  Fall

Also check out Wowbrary, our free weekly e-newsletter that lists new items added to the library's collection.

EMPLOYMENT AT DPL

Two open positions:

  • Assistant Director
  • Director of Outreach Services

Assistant Director

Danville Public Library, located in Danville, Illinois, seeks an Assistant Director to oversee the public services, community engagement, and marketing of the library.  We are looking for someone with strong communication, organizational, and collaboration skills.  The successful candidate must be people-oriented, customer-service-oriented and passionate about library services.  Working with the Director of Outreach, the Assistant Director will be instrumental in marketing library services, including through social media, and will oversee collection development and programming.

Danville Public Library is an active municipal library in east central Illinois, serving a population of 33,000; mix of urban and rural, county seat; operating budget of $1,863,650.  The library serves 500 patrons daily and circulated 126,700 items in 2016.

The Assistant Director position is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), exempt, managerial position that directly supervises six employees and reports to the Library Director. 

Residency requirement: Must live in Illinois either in Danville or within five miles of Danville city limits within 6 months of hire date.

Qualifications: Master's degree in library science and a minimum of three years of satisfactory, progressively responsible, public library supervisory/management experience or its equivalent.

  • Ability to organize, plan, supervise and coordinate the work of others in a variety of library services activities; 
  • ability to establish and maintain effective contacts and working relationships with community groups and agencies;
  • keen sense of good public relations and the ability to handle the public in a fair, courteous and pleasing manner;
  • ability to interpret library policies, objectives, services and facilities to staff, community groups, public officials and the general public; 
  • advanced ability in effective verbal and written expression and communication;
  • demonstrated initiative;
  • advanced ability to communicate and work harmoniously and effectively with all levels of staff;
  • ability to write meaningful reports and proposals;
  • capable of careful and analytical problem‑solving and planning;
  • keen sense of awareness of changing situations and need for change and/or corrective action; and
  • willingness to accept the responsibility for administrative actions. 

Must be able to lift 20-25 lbs., bend, stoop, reach, push and pull loaded book carts.  Proficiency with computers, technology, and the Internet.  Flexible schedule; may work week days, nights, or weekends. 

Compensation: Salary begins at $56,705 based on qualifications and experience, plus a full benefits package.  View the full job description (pending board approval). 

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references (all in PDF format) to Suzie Smith at shalftown@danvillepubliclibrary.org.  First consideration will be given to applicants who respond on or before Monday, September 18, 2017.

Director of Outreach Services

Danville Public Library seeks a Director of Outreach Services to manage a department that directly connects the community to the library through outreach efforts to the homebound and other individuals, collaboration on community events, and informational fairs at the library.  We are looking for someone with strong communication, organizational, and collaboration skills.  The successful candidate must be people-oriented, social, and passionate about library services.  Working with the Assistant Director, the Director of Outreach Services will be instrumental in marketing library services, including through social media, and be involved with collection development and programming. 

Danville Public Library is an active municipal library in east central Illinois, serving a population of 33,000; mix of urban and rural, county seat; operating budget of $1,863,650.  The library serves 500 patrons daily and circulated 126,700 items in 2016. 

The Director of Outreach Services position is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), exempt, managerial position that supervises three employees and reports to the Assistant Director.

Residency requirement: Must live in Illinois either in Danville or within five miles of Danville city limits within 6 months of appointment.

Qualifications: Master's degree in library science and a minimum of two years of satisfactory public library experience or its equivalent.  Supervisory experience preferred.  Ability to lead and supervise staff; capable of consistently high standard of performance; demonstrated initiative; advanced ability to communicate and work harmoniously and effectively with all levels of staff; ability to write detailed and meaningful reports and proposals; capable of careful and analytical problem-solving and planning; keen sense of awareness of changing situations and need for change and/or corrective action.

Must be able to drive a van.  Must have an acceptable driving record.  Must be able to lift 20-25 lbs., bend, stoop, reach, push and pull loaded book carts.  Proficiency with computers, technology, and the Internet.  Flexible schedule; may work week days, nights, or weekends.

Compensation: Salary begins at $47,114 based on qualifications and experience, plus a full benefits package.  View the full job description (pending board approval).  Interested candidates should submit electronically PDF copies of a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Suzie Smith at shalftown@danvillepubliclibrary.org.  First consideration will be given to applicants who respond on or before Friday, September 8, 2017.