126 West Main St. P.O.Box 523
Golconda, Illinois 62938
Monday & Tuesday---9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday---1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday---9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Friday---1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday---9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
The library began about 1915 as a volunteer effort of a local women's club. The present building was dedicated in March 1951, a gift of the late Charles F. Rauchfuss as a memorial to his wife and mother.
Golconda is the county seat of Pope County. The city library serves a population of 668. We have books, videos, audios, magazines, and music cds. Microfilm holdings includes Hearald-Enterprise, 1917-1991. There are also courthouse records, census records for Pope, plus some from surrounding counties and states. We own a microfilm reader/printer.
The library receives funds from the city, a small trust fund from the Rauchfuss estate, and many private donations. A nine-member boarad governs the library. We have one librarian and an aide.
Our genealogy collection is used extensively by visitors from throughout the nation. We also do an unusual amount of research for inquiries by mail. The local history collection is used by high school and college students. Sources include printed and microfilm materials: census records, newspapers, marriage, cemetery, church voter, and military data. Our how-to-research collection is good. A good collection of family histories and ancestor charts is maintained.
The library provides free computer services for patrons. It has a cheerful children's room that has a variety of desirable books for children of all ages to read.
Stop in to see what this library has to offer. You will be pleasantly surprised.