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Peoria Public Library Celebrates Illinois History Every Day

This year the state of Illinois celebrates 200 years of statehood, culminating in the actual anniversary of statehood on December 3.  For 138 of those 200 years, Peoria Public Library has existed as a tax-supported city library, although subscription libraries began here thirty years before that.

Because of that long existence in the city, Peoria Public Library is a treasure trove of Illinois history with documents, images, newspapers, almanacs, city directories, maps and so much more going back to the beginnings of statehood and before. Everyone from family genealogists to documentary makers to news crews to museums from around the world contact Peoria Public Library to find the unique gems of history filed away in our Local History and Genealogy Department. Explore the history of Illinois at Peoria Public Library.

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