About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Normal Public Library is to be an educational, informational, recreational and cultural community resource.

Vision Statement

The Normal Public Library is a vital public resource that serves the community as a gateway to an expanding world of knowledge.  The library is committed to being a welcoming and safe environment for everyone.  As a resource center, its professional and dedicated staff offers helpful services and access to technology.  As a community center, it provides educational and cultural opportunities for lifelong learning.


You’ll find us at:

206 West College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

Check out our map here.


We’re open:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Contact Information

Call our Adult Department at 309-452-1757 or our Children’s Department at 309-454-4668.

Or email us at ask@normalpl.org

Our Collections

We offer a lot of materials.  Find out more about all we have to offer here.

A Little Bit of History

The Normal Public Library began in 1935 as a humble Reading Room on North Street, boasting a collection of just 300 donated volumes.

Funding for the library came from the Works Project Administration as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal.

After bouncing from place to place, the library settled in its current location on College Avenue in 1973. An addition followed in 1993.

Master Plan Study

The library underwent a Master Plan Study in 2008. You can see those documents here:

Facilities Assessment Report
Needs Assessment Report
Needs Assessment Report Data

Freedom of Information Act

Learn more about the Freedom of Information Act and find documents here.

Requests for Proposals

Learn what requests for proposals the library currently has posted.