The Springfield Free Public Library works to meet the needs of the community. The library is open 57 hours a week, including 3 evenings and Saturdays. The library is open from 10 to 1 on Saturdays in July and August and closed on Sundays from June to September. The library is also open Sundays October through May from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
In 2008, almost 112,000 people visited the Springfield Free Public Library. That means that every resident in Springfield could have visited the library at least eight times. They also could have asked one reference question, read nine books and used the computer 2.3 times during the year. With the costs of buying books steadily increasing, the library offers an inexpensive alternative to shopping at the local bookstore. Nine books could cost a resident more than $250, while the amount paid in tax support to keep the library running is far less per year.