Vienna Carnegie Library


Vienna Public Library Hours

Open every day from 1 to 5 p.m. except on Thursday, Sunday, and major holidays.

Library staff: Margaret Mathis, librarian
Joan Stewart and Rosemary Longworth, substitute librarians
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Did you know ...?
Vienna Carnegie Library has a wealth of books and a very knowledgeable staff to help you trace your Johnson County family genealogy. Stop by today to discover your family history!

Genealogy news

Thomas W. Lannom of Portland, Oregon, has donated volumes I and II of a draft for a book on the Lannom family history and genealogy.  The Lannom family has deep roots in Johnson County, dating to the 1860s, and many descendants still reside in the area to this day.  Mr. Lannom wants to make this draft available to other family members and interested researchers so that they may comment and correct it prior to final publication.  He intends to publish this work in the coming years and will donate a hard bound copy to the Vienna Public Library when it is completed.  He asks that all interested parties contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 503-810-3856.


The Vienna Public Library originated in 1894 to help the new high school meet state requirements. After the library was destroyed by fire in1908 Mrs. May Chapman obtained a donation from Andrew Carnegie for a new library building. The current building was built in 1910 at a cost of $6323.

In 1995 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1999, 2004, and 2009 the Library was renovated using funds from an Illinois State Library Live and Learn Construction Grant, and the City of Vienna renovated the basement area for use as a community meeting room.

We are pleased with our renovations and welcome you to share our pride!


Because the Vienna Public Library is a city library, we receive no county tax funds; therefore the state of Illinois requires us to charge a $25. library card fee for any family living outside the Vienna city limits. This card is reciprocal at all libraries in the Shawnee Library system.

What's New!
Our library has a constant flow of new books! Check out some of the new books we've just received.

Children Books
We have a large collection of new books for children. Come by and look at them at your leisure.

Adult Books
• First Family - Baldacci
• The 8th confession - Patterson
• In the Stormy Red Sky - Drake... and many others by your favorite author(s).

If you like detective stories, try the Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke.  They take place in and around New Iberia and New Orleans, Louisiana.  Burke, who divides his time between Louisiana and Montana, also writes about Montana.  His books that are not of the detective story genre are true literary gems, mostly about the Civil War era.

 Library Events

Native American genealogy group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  Native American cultural study group meets the first Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Contact 658-5051 for further information.