Hours & Locations

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Our library follows the City's Holiday Closings schedule, closes at 5:00 PM the day before Thanksgiving and New Years, at noon on Christmas Eve, and depending on the calendar, is closed on Sundays prior to or following Christmas/New Years.  The library is also closed on the Sundays before Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Established in 1884, the Grand Island Public Library is this diverse community's center for a lifetime of learning and literacy, serving you primarily through 1) a main library and 2) outreach services:
1) Edith Abbott Memorial Library Library at night
211 North Washington Street  (corner of Highway 30 and Washington Street)
Grand Island, NE 68801
Year Round Hours

Sunday ..........................  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
Monday - Thursday .....  9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday ...........................  9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday .......................  9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

When a holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed on the preceding Friday.  When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday.

2) Outreach Services
  • Mobile Outreach
    • Deliveries to our community's youngest and eldest in day care and senior care facilities AND arrangement for these facilities to pick up outreach crates at the library
    • Homebound service deliveries to individuals on an as-needed basis
    • Staff outreach/programming at schools, care centers, community events, etc.
  • Electronic Outreach
    • this Internet Branch with its 24/7 electronic resources 
  • and any future outreach facilities (such as branches and/or kiosks) that might be constructed in response to community needs for library services

Funding for our library services comes mostly from the general fund of the City of Grand Island.

Naming Conventions

Grand Island Public Library has been the name of our institution since 1884 and is a general term used to encompass all of our services.

Two groups which predate the Edith Abbott Memorial Library are the Friends of the Grand Island Public Library and the Grand Island Public Library Foundation and their names remain consistent with the conventions established through time.