About Us

Welcome to the Helen Matthes Library. The Helen Matthes Library is the public library of Effingham, Illinois. We have over 53,000 books, magazines, and audio-visual materials and an annual circulation of over 163,000 items. We also offer a wide variety of programs and services.  For more information, please check out our Annual Report.  We are a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System. We have a nine member board of trustees that set policy and services, and holiday closings for our library.

Our Vision

The Helen Matthes Library empowers individuals and enriches the community.

Our Mission

The Helen Matthes Library provides community engagement and life-long learning through literature, technology, and information access.

Our Values

Culture * Technology * Service

Library Management Team

Amanda McKay, MLIS
Library Director
217-342-2464 x. 5
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Johnna Schultz
Adult Services Manager
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Margo Probst
Circulation Manager
217-342-2464 x. 2
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Ted Broeker
Evening Operations Manager
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Sara Smith
Youth Services Manager
217-342-2464, x. 6
Email Sara