Holiday Hours

Limited Library services on Thursday, December 14 due to necessary hardware and software updates. Details

The Republic Branch Library is closed for shelving renovations through Monday, Dec. 11. The branch will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Drive-up service continues during the renovations, Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Get Help with E-reader Selection and Training at the Library

It’s not that we don’t love the traditional paperbacks and hardback books that fill our shelves, but librarians are a helpful lot. So they’ve been eager to help patrons adopt new ways to enjoy books and movies on e-readers.

We think it’s an important service that the Library can and should provide. As the sale of e-readers has soared nationwide, our patrons checked out the Library’s e-books and other e-media 90 percent more often in November 2011 compared to November 2010.

Reflecting our growing collection of e-media and the popularity of e-readers, our e-checkouts went from 784 in November 2008 to 2,283 in November 2010 to 4,337 last month.

That’s why the Library has stepped up e-reader training sessions for early 2012. If the holidays bring an e-reader to your home and you’d like some general tips and hands-on help on downloading the Library’s e-collection, drop by one of these free sessions. Registration is not required.

Shopping for an e-reader that’s right for you? You’ll find useful tips in the article, “Choosing an E-reader,” on the Library website,, written by Library Center computer/periodicals assistant Trint Williams.
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A reminder about upcoming Library holiday closings: All branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not run on Dec. 24, 25 and 26. All branches will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. The Park Central Branch will reopen from 6-10:30 p.m. as part of Springfield’s First Night festivities. All branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not run on Jan. 1 and 2.

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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