How Does Concealed Carry Affect Libraries?

Concealed Carry starts in 2014

Public Act 98-63, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66) legalizes the concealed carry of firearms in the state of Illinois. Interested residents must complete an application and take a certified training course before being issued a license. The first licenses are expected to be issued in late January or  February 2014.

What does the Concealed Carry legislation mean for libraries?

The new law specifies 23 areas where carrying firearms will be prohibited, even for those who obtain a concealed carry license. Public libraries are one of those prohibited areas, as are schools, hospitals, and other specific places.

Section 65. Prohibited areas.
(a) A licensee under this Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into:
(18) Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of a public library.

Carrying a firearm on library property is prohibited by state law. Libraries are required to post signs at the main entrance, the parking entrance, and the sidewalk entrance to notify the public. The approved sign from the State Police is an image of a handgun with a red circle and slash through it (see image on right).

Parking Lot exception

A person with a concealed carry license may store their firearm (a) in a case within a locked vehicle or (b) in a locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking lot.


If you have any questions, please link to the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Illinois State Police website.


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