The Urbana Free Library Celebrates 150 Years of Serving the Community With a Birthday Party, Reading Programs, and More

The Urbana Free Library will celebrate its 150th anniversary for a full year, starting with a 150th Birthday Party on June 15, 2024 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. All members of the Champaign-Urbana community are welcome and encouraged to attend this free all-ages event. The Library will continue celebrating with programs through June 30, 2025, including historical talks, crafts for all ages, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Archives Assistant – Hourly

Do you want to work where you can enrich the lives of the people in your community? The Urbana Free Library seeks a service-oriented, self-motivated individual to join the Champaign County Historical Archives team. Provide general and specialized reference, retrieve archival records for patrons, and perform other duties at the CCHA reference desk. Participate in programming and outreach. Assist in processing archival and other Library materials. Must have training or experience in reference. Experience in archives and special collections or in library public service preferred.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

Thursday • 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Preview night is for members only. Check your mailing label for your renewal date. You may join or renew online at or pay for a $10 annual membership at the door. Your membership fee allows you to attend three sale preview nights (spring, summer, and fall book sales). (No electronic devices for scanning will be permitted)

Friday • 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Regular prices. Most books priced at $1.00 or less. No admission fee.

Saturday • 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Early Voting for the 2022 General Election

The Urbana Free Library's MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room will serve as an early voting location for the 2022 General Election. Stop by from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, November 1-7 to cast your vote!


Circulation Clerk/Information Assistant – Full-time

Do you want to work where you can enrich the lives of the people in your community? The Urbana Free Library seeks a service-oriented, self-motivated individual to join the Library’s team. Issue library cards, check materials in and out, and perform other duties at the Circulation Desk. Provide routine reference and reader's advisory service to patrons and assist them with catalog, Internet, computer software, fax, and copier questions at other public service desks. Participate in outreach and programming.

Call for Hygiene Donations

In partnership with Cunningham Township and our generous patrons, The Urbana Free Library is trying to make personal hygiene items available to community members in need.

We invite you to bring new, unopened, personal-sized hygiene items with you during your next library visit. The donation box can be found in our upper lobby, near the Green Street entrance. We are currently accepting bar soap, deodorant, dry shampoo, hand/body/face wipes, combs, lip balm, lotion, nail clippers, toothbrushes, toothpaste and sunscreen.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! Celebrate by checking out library materials, programs and events, or sign up for a Library Card if you don't already have one. Anyone who signs up for a library card in September can enter to win a 39’’ Smart HD Fire TV! The winning ticket will be drawn on Monday, October 3. Good luck!

Books and More! Bundles

Did you know teachers can request us to pull books on certain topics for specific age levels? The books can just be picked up at the library or delivered to your school if you are in USD116! Spend no time rapidly searching for materials! Let us help.

This year, in the first 100 "Book and More Bundles" teacher requests, a free gift to use in your classroom will be included! Our little way of saying thank you for our teachers do for the children of our community.

Visit to fill out a short form to request materials!

Poems Across Urbana Sign Giveaway

Help cover the community in poetry through September!

While supplies last, you can pick up a yard sign displaying a poem written by local talent! The signs are free and can be displayed in your yard or window. The poems cover a variety of topics from trees to dogs to wellness. Pick up your sign at the main desk today!

Want a sign for your business? Wonderful! Businesses can also to pick up a sign to display.

Every paver has a story!

Have you explored Cherry Alley lately? Cherry Alley is one of the original alleys of Urbana dating back to 1833! It's a beautiful walkway paved with personalized bricks that create a mosaic of memories.

Throughout the month of August, The Urbana Free Library Foundation is raising awareness of the personalized Cherry Alley pavers as a great way to honor a loved one, colleague, business, or organization. A personalized paver is a lasting way for you to demonstrate your support of the Library and become part of its history.

Daughters of the American Revolution Book Giveaway

Come to the library and grab your own copy of "Anna Strong: A Spy During the American Revolution" by Sarah Glenn Marsh! This book giveaway is sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. While supplies last.

STEAM collection on Hoopla

Check out Hoopla's new collection that features a multitude of STEAM content for students of all ages to explore! From books on coding to discovering the wonders of space, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Browse STEAM content at

Check out these new titles!

While fiction is great, sometimes it’s nice to read a book that teaches useful skills. Here are some books the library has recently acquired that contain practical information.