Local Information—For Your Convenience

You may visit us for our books, computer lab, programs or genealogical resources, but The Urbana Free Library can also be your go-to source for local information. We can help make your life easier by providing one convenient place to obtain many different handouts or snippets of news or to take care of daily tasks.

Our cultural and community information bulletin boards are packed with posters announcing performances, meetings, official announcements, and local activities.

We distribute useful booklets that other organizations have shared with us. Where else can you get Rules of the Road (the Illinois Drivers’ License study guide), C-U MTD bus schedules, Parkland course catalogs, Krannert Center Season Books, or maps/bike maps of our communities in one fell swoop?

Stay informed. You can pick up print copies of the Daily Illini, Buzz, Public I and other free newspapers on a regular basis.

Interested in government? We own print copies of the City of Urbana Code of Ordinances, plus all the different city-approved building codes.

Local agencies regularly ask us to display draft copies of budgets or proposed operational changes for legally-required public reviews. If you dropped by the library today, you could view the Champaign County Forest Preserves’ Annual Tentative Appropriation Ordinance, or the Urbana Park District Trails Master Plan, among other items.

Want to find out how and where to recycle in the area? We can obtain that information for you. And, through the sponsorship of the City of Urbana U-Cycle, you can even drop off dry cell batteries, inkjet printer cartridges, and old cell phones here at the library.

Take advantage of the strengths of our staff. We can look up phone numbers to local businesses, find contacts for hygiene or human resources in Champaign County, and perhaps point you in the right direction if you’re new in town.

Take care of business while you’re here in the library. We offer notary service, photocopies, a fax machine, and scanners.

And, for the ultimate in local information—visit our Champaign County Historical Archives, located on the second floor of the library. The Archives contains an extensive collection of city directories, newspapers, photographs, maps, oral histories, and school yearbooks. It is the official repository for non-current Champaign County records.

We've shared just a sample of what you can discover at The Urbana Free Library. Need to know more—or have us look up some local information for you?  Call us at Adult Services (217-367-4405) or email us at reference@urbanafree.org. Our library is part of your community—and we are glad to help you stay in touch.


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