"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."  - Henry Ward Beecher

We couldn't agree more.  Come visit your local library.  A quiet place to study, relax, work or simply escape in a good book.  It's fun, the old fashioned way.

Hours of Operation

Monday Closed
Tuesday 2 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 9 am - 2 pm
Saturday 11 am - 3 pm
Sunday Closed


In addition to traditional checking out of available books and DVDs, media can be ordered from other libraries in the Carnegie library system. Free Wi-Fi is now available!


The Ridge Farm library holds a distinct place in history. Ridge Farm is home the to smallest town in the United States with a Carnegie library in operation. A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. 1,689 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929,The initial grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation was awarded to the city of Ridge Farm on April 28, 1909 in the amount of $9,000. The Ridge Farm Carnegie Library was completed in 1910.

Library Board

Jay Tate, President
Janell Stark, Board Member
Dezaray Wilson, Board Member 

Nicole Lee, Board Member

Mercedes Land, Board Member

Library Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm at the library.

Library Donations can be made with PayPal or by mail to:

Elwood Township Carnegie Library

104 N. State St.   PO Box 349

Ridge Farm, IL   61870

Contact Info

Shawn Schendel, Librarian
Vickie Hayward, Librarian

P.O. 350 /104 N. State
Ridge Farm, IL 61870
(217) 247-2820

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a library card?

Our librarian will be able to supply you with a new library card the same day you apply.

Are electronic books available?

No, not at this time.

Does the Library have "story time" for younger children?

We do offer "story time" for younger children!  Give us a call if the current schedule is not posted.