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"The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning; Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom; And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former."

—Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) Self Help -1859


Welcome to the Sparta Public Library

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  • Your library resources available anywhere:


Search your library catalog:

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Like to use the library catalog from home? Sparta Public Library makes it easy!

 Sparta Public Library has free wireless Internet available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During hours that the library is open, we welcome customers to come inside to use their laptops. During hours that the library is closed, wireless Internet is still available and can be accessed in our parking lot.

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Click here for tutorial videos for downloading to your mobile device or eReader.

Beginning the week of May 24, 2010 the library will be open the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday     12 - 7:00 p.m.     

Wednesday & Friday     10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday     10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Please check out the "About Us" page for some other Saturday closures.

Beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2010 changes in the library's hours and fees will take effect. Please check out these changes on the "About Us" page.


Resources - Work and research from the office or from home, anytime:

Whats going on?

- Check out the calendar anytime



Have a Question?


Ask your local librarian or try Ask?Away, Illinois' statewide live-chat reference service.

Looking for Something?


FirstSearch is an online service that gives users access to a rich collection of reference databases.  (Please contact your local library for login information.)


Location & Hours

211 West Broadway
Sparta, IL 62286

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12-7pm

Wed & Fri: 10-5 pm

Sat: 10am-4pm

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