Many people consider this library Cairo’s most beautiful building. The library was built in 1883 by Mrs. Alfred B. Safford, as a memorial to her husband. She gave it the City of Cairo in 1884. Few changes have been made to the building and its beautiful stained glass windows are original. It contains a 200-seat auditorium and numerous pieces of furniture and other items of beauty and rarity. The library contains two statues given to Mrs. Safford by the grateful citizens of Cairo: Clio, the Greek muse of history and Concordia, the Roman goddess of peace.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Closed on major holidays

1609 Washington Avenue
Cairo, Illinois

Phone: 618-734-1840