Illinois or Maryland?


Due to reoccurring contact from the residents of Maryland, the Olney Public Library would like to post information regarding the contact phone number and website of the Olney Library of Olney, Maryland.

If you are a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland,
the contact information for the Olney Library is….


Though we do enjoy hearing from other Olneys of the US, this information will hopefully prevent any future confusion or misunderstanding.

Book Fair and Library Closing

The Olney Public Library is hosting the Usborne Book Fair from November 7th to November 10th, open during library operating hours. Half of the book sales will allow the library to get new materials.


The Olney Public Library will be closed Friday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Board Meeting Agenda

November 8, 2016

I. Call to Order-Roll Call
II. Recognition of visitors and public comments
III. Secretary’s report, approval of previous meeting’s minutes
_____• Approval of October 11, 2016 minutes
IV. Treasurer’s Report
_____• Approval of October Treasurer’s report
_____• Approval of bills payable
_____• Tax Levy
V. Committee Reports
_____A. Finance Committee
_____B. Personnel Committee
_____C. Policy/Bylaws Committee
__________• Discussion of revisions to the Statement of Professional Ethics, Patron
___________Confidentiality and the Library Personnel Records Policy
__________• Distribute revisions to the Gifts/Donation Policy and Friends of the Library
___________policy for discussion at the next meeting.
_____D. Building/Grounds
__________Fall grounds clean up
_____E. Public Relations/Marketing Committee
__________“911 Never Forget” Mobile Museum Project
_____F. Technology Committee
_____G. Planning Committee
VI. Friends of the Library
_____• Report from Oct. 17 meeting
_____• Next meeting?
VII. Librarian’s Report
VIII. Correspondence, Communication and Public Relations
IX. Old Business
_____• 2017 Per Capita Requirements
_____• Committee Appointments
X. New Business
_____• Installation of new Board Trustees
_____• Local Author Showcase – update
_____• Board/Staff Christmas Party
XI. Adjournment

Local Author Showcase

Olney Public Library (OPL) invites authors from Richland and neighboring counties to participate in a Local Author Showcase being held at the library. This free event will be held Friday, Dec. 2 and Sat., Dec. 3 from 1:00-4:00PM each day.

We welcome a wide variety of authors who work in many genres. Our part of southern Illinois has an impressive array of local authors, and here is a chance to get acquainted with them, if you are a reader, and to network, if you are a writer yourself.

Click HERE to access the showcase application. Deadline to register as an author is Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:00PM.

Remember, books make great gifts.

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature
24th Annual Writing Contest
for 4th through 12th graders 

This year’s theme is “How did an Author’s work change your view of the world or yourself?”

To participate, 4th through 12th graders are required to:

  1. Read a book about which they have strong feelings
  2. Write a personal letter to the author expressing how his/her book changed the student or their thinking
  3. Mail the letter and entry coupon to the author by the deadline date.

More information regarding the contest, as well as the entry form and guidelines, can be found at or by visiting the Olney Public Library front desk.

3M Cloud Update

Public Library Merges eBook Collection

The Olney Public Library is happy to announce that we have chosen the 3M Cloud Library as our exclusive platform for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks! If you are already using the 3M Cloud Library, you know that it is very easy to use. For those of you who are new to the 3M Cloud Library, please visit to get set up or grab our general how-to brochure. We think you will love it.

3M Cloud Apps Update

Over the next few days, readers who have previously installed the 3M Cloud Library will receive notifications to update their apps. The older apps will still work, but the changes in the new apps will allow readers to use the new domain. If you encounter errors while attempting to use the 3M Cloud Library, it is recommended that you update the application through your device’s app store (iTunes Apps or Google Play). As a reminder, if you are using a Kindle Fire, you will need to update your app by downloading the new app from

It’s very easy to sign up for and use the 3M Cloud Library, but if you find that you need a little help, simply stop in or contact us for one-on-one assistance.

Olney Public Library

You can look forward to an expanded selection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks all in one easy-to-use place!

Happy reading and listening!