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From the bookmobile to the home-bound, Outreach has special services to bring the library to the community.
Find resources and records for genealogy and Peoria-area history
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From birth up find resources for youth as well as parents and educators.
Information about how to request books from outside the RAILS library system.
This page highlights resources at Peoria Public Library available for educators
Find links to verified research students can use to complete assignments and help them study
Find helpful resources to prepare for a job search from resume writing to practice tests and interviews with a coach
Here are links to research helps for those working on family history
Links to all databases Peoria Public Library offers.
These resources will help those in business to create a mailing list, find investment information, learn another language, locate small business assistance and more
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See what book clubs are available, when they meet and what they are reading.
Music in the McKenzie offers a free concert monthly at North Branch. Find out who is playing.
Find out how to participate in our yearly Summer Reading program.
The Mayor's Community Coalition Against Heroin is providing information and discussion about the heroin epidemic in Peoria, Illinois.
Find animated storybooks, games and more that can be used by children alone or with a teacher or parent.
Tumblebooks Ebooks, read-alongs, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks for ages 8 to 12 and 12 to adult.
Download e-books and audio books for all ages.
Audiobooks for children and adults you can play on your computer or tablet.
Download e-books and audiobooks for all ages.
link to the Freegal streaming and downloadable music service
Here are links to help you download digital books, audiobooks and music.
Listen to our staff experts talk about various topics like genealogy and graphic novels.
This page links to the Kanopy streaming movie service. Use your Peoria Public Library card to watch eight movies a month free.
Buy used books from the Friends at any of these locations. Sales support programming at Peoria Public Library.
Help the Friends support the library through a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Donate your books, music and movies the Friends to receive a tax deduction and help the library.
For more details on the fine-free policy, visit our FAQs.
Anyone living in Peoria or owning property within city limits is eligible for a free library card and may apply for one in person at the information desk of the Main Library or at any of the branch libraries. Applications for temporary cards, which provide immediate access to our digital collection, are also available online.
(For children: birth through the 8th grade)
There is a $2 replacement fee for lost cards.
Peoria Public Library offers a non-resident library card for $140.00 a year. This card may be used at Peoria Public Library Main Library, all branches (North, Lakeview, Lincoln, McClure), and the bookmobile. This non-resident card provides full access to Peoria Public Library materials and services, including full interlibrary loan service. For more information, call the Peoria Public Library Circulation Department at (309) 497-2164 or (309) 497-2165.
This card is available to any teacher who teaches at Peoria Public Schools OR any teacher at Dunlap Schools who lives in an area served by a tax-supported public library. Peoria Public Schools teachers who live in an unserved area can obtain a teacher card under the Intergovernmental Agreement between Peoria Public Library and Peoria Public Schools. This card is available to Peoria Public Schools, District 323, private, parochial, and daycare teachers. It is valid from August 1 through July 31 and is to be used for classroom purposes only.
This card is available for any Peoria Public Schools student who resides outside the city of Peoria. It is valid from August 15 through August 14 of the next year.
What is a valid Peoria Public Library card?
A valid library card is one that has not expired and has no charges or lost materials on the account. Residents' registrations expire after two years and must be renewed in person. A library card that has expired cannot be used to borrow additional materials until it is renewed. A library card that is blocked because it has charges for lost or damaged materials on it cannot be used to borrow additional materials until the amount due has been paid.
Do I have to have my card with me to check out materials?
All Peoria Public Library locations use self-checkout for circulating materials. To protect your personal information, you must use your library card or a digital image of your library card barcode to check out materials or to sign on to public computers.
What if I lose my library card?
A replacement card costs $2. Report your lost or stolen library card to the library as soon as possible to prevent others from charging materials to your account. Your library card should be treated like a credit card as someone could check out many costly materials and you would be responsible for the cost. When you report your card lost or stolen your account will be blocked immediately so that no one can use it, and you may then apply for a new account. You are responsible for all items charged to your card until its loss is reported.
How can I renew materials?
Library materials can be renewed
· In person at Main Library or any branch.
· By calling 309-497-2164 during normal library hours
Apply for a temporary card online by clicking here.
Where can I return materials?
Items checked out from any Peoria Public Library location may be returned to any Peoria Public Library location. All Peoria Public Library locations have book drops for your convenience after hours. Audiovisual materials are fragile and should only be returned in designated media book drops.
What if I lose or damage something I borrow?
In addition to the replacement cost of the lost item, you will be charged a $5 non-refundable processing fee for each lost item. The library may accept identical replacement items in lieu of lost items. Items returned with damage that warrants withdrawal from the collection will be treated as lost.
In an effort to remove barriers to access, Peoria Public Library has joined a growing number of public libraries across the U.S. in adopting a fine-free policy.
Starting Sept. 8, 2020, patrons will no longer be charged for returning items past the due date, and past overdue fines have been forgiven.
This change is in accordance with the American Library Association’s recommendations to remove barriers to social equity.
Peoria Public Library’s administration and board believe access to the library’s multimillion-dollar collection is the most important thing.
How does this work?
Only one thing is changing, but it is big news. Peoria Public Library will no longer charge you if you returns items late. At the same time, PPL encourages our patrons to return items in a timely manner so they can be enjoyed by all.
Items checked out from Peoria Public Library will continue to have a two-week loan period and can be renewed for two more weeks up to three times or for a total of eight weeks.
Patrons who have signed up for email or text alerts will be notified with a reminder three days before items are due.
However, if items are NOT renewed, patrons will continue to receive successive overdue notices.
So if people don’t owe fines what incentive is there to return things?
Eliminating overdue fines doesn’t mean people can keep things forever. Fees still stand for lost/unreturned or damaged items.
In 2019, the American Library Association passed a resolution determining that library fines are a form of social inequity, and they urged libraries nationwide to “actively move towards eliminating them.”
Since then, more than 200 libraries have eliminated overdue fines. Peoria Public Library has scrutinized how the fine-free policy has impacted early adopters, as well as how fines impact our patrons. We determined that fines disproportionately impact our lower-income families.
Further, libraries which adopted this new model experienced increased circulation, more visitors and new members. Chicago Public Library, as one example, saw a 240 percent increase in returned materials after wiping away patrons’ outstanding debt.
Peoria Public Library is now fine free, but I still have fines on my record?
As of Sept. 8, 2020, no new overdue fines will be assessed. Past overdue fines have also been erased from your account. If you still show a balance, it is because you have held onto materials so long past the due date that they are now deemed lost.
If you return “lost” items before your account is sent to collections, you will not owe anything. If, however, Peoria Public Library must try to recoup library materials via our collection agency, you will be responsible for paying any processing fees due to engaging the collection agency.
In 2019, Peoria Public Library collected $48,703 in fines – less than 1 percent of the library’s annual budget and 40 percent less than a decade prior in 2009.
Some patrons see late fees as a supplemental way to support library operations. Moving forward, we invite patrons to continue to donate to the library through Friends of Peoria Public Library, a nonprofit which supports library programming and event needs.
What’s the difference between a fine and a fee?
Peoria Public Library has eliminated fines, the daily penalty assessed for returning items late. These fines have ranged from 10 cents up to $1 a day, depending on the item.
Fees are for costs incurred by the library for:
All patrons are still responsible for paying fees as part of the library’s return policy.
Will the loss of revenue from fines impact the library and its services?
Peoria Public Library does not operate to make a profit. Our goal is to invest our funds into creating a collection of resources that meets our community’s needs – from research databases for students to children’s books to engage new readers to books, movies and music to keep lifelong learners engaged.
Peoria Public Library’s physical collection is worth an estimated $9.5 million and includes books, scholarly journals, magazines, movies, music and more. Our digital collection, which includes all those categories as well as multiple research databases, is worth an estimated $10 million.
Our entire community helped build this valuable asset; our entire community should have access.
While we do not operate to make a profit, the library is always seeking ways to serve our community better and a healthy budget allows us to hire trained staff, offer compelling programming and acquire new books and other materials for all Peoria residents.
For those who wish to help us with our mission with a financial contribution, we say thank you and encourage you to make a donation to Friends of Peoria Public Library.
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