The average O'Fallon Public Library cardholder saved approximately $400 last year just by using their library card. We know that a library's value to its community cannot simply be measured in dollars and cents, but we thought it would be fun to try. Discover Your Savings
- The average library returns over $5 in services, programs, savings, and revenue to the community for every $1 invested in them
- People in the U.S. borrow over 2.1 billion items annually. That's an average of 16 items a year for every person
- People in the U.S. visit their libraries more than 1.3 billion times annually. More people use libraries than go to MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, or the movies COMBINED
- Illiteracy costs Americans more than 225 billion dollars a year in lost revenue and taxes
- Over 90% of Americans believe that closing their local library would hurt their communities
- There are more libraries in the United States than Starbucks or McDonald's
- Low literacy adds $230 billion to the annual cost of delivering healthcare in the United States
- More than 172 million Americans (more than half the population) have library cards
- Millennials use libraries more than any other generation
- Students in high-poverty schools are almost twice as likely to graduate when the school library is staffed with a certified school librarian
- Research shows the highest achieving students attend schools with well-staffed and well-funded school libraries
- 98% of library funding is dependent on the will of local voters and politicians
Thank you for your support!
In the last six months, the O'Fallon Public Library saw:
- 54,739 in-person visitors
- 105,413 physical items checked out
- 21,972 digital items checked out
- 131 events
- 4,211 people attend those events
- 5,009 hours of public computer use
- 3,758 people use our study rooms
- 724 new users sign up for library cards
- 596 kids participate in our Summer Reading Program
All of this was accomplished with just 2 cents out of every $1 paid in local property taxes.
* Stats reflective of May 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021
It is the mission of the O'Fallon Public Library to facilitate and promote lifelong learning, to emphasize and encourage reading, and to provide resources, services, and programs meeting the needs of our diverse community.
The O'Fallon Public Library is a place for everyone to discover, grow, play and learn. We believe in reading as a pathway to lifelong learning, equal access for all, and the freedom to seek, receive, and share information.
Suzanne Rupright - President
Linda D. Kahley - Vice-President
Nancy K. Clark - Secretary
Doug Distler - Treasurer
You can contact the board at [email protected]
Board meetings are held on the second Monday of the month. Meetings begin at 7 pm in the library's first floor Community Room. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The library is open the following hours. Holidays and inclement weather may impact our normal schedule. You can check our website, or follow us on Facebook for any announcements concerning closures.
Mondays: 9am - 8pm
Tuesdays: 9am - 8pm
Wednesdays: 9am - 8pm
Thursdays: 9am - 8pm
Fridays: 9am - 5pm
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm
Sundays: 1pm - 5pm
The Library is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Day After Thanksgiving
New Year's Eve (close at 1:00)
Library hours are subject to change and the Library may close due to severe inclement weather or other unforeseen emergencies. Closing announcements will be made on the Library's homepage, as well as on Facebook.