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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.
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Here are links to research helps for those working on family history
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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.
Contest by Peoria Public Library to answer questions about Peoria History and take photos of historic sites.
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.
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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
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.
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. Online applications are not available at this time.
(For children up through the 8th grade)
There is a $2.00 replacement fee for lost cards.
Peoria Public Library offers a non-resident library card for $134.00 a year. This card may be used at the 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 a total of less than $5 in fines and fees pending. 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 accrued $5 or more in fines and fees 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?
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
Where can I return materials?
Items checked out from any Peoria Public Library 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.
How much are overdue fines?
Overdue fines range from 10 cents to $1.00 per day depending on the item. Please refer to the Guide to circulation of materials for the fines for different types of materials. Library cards may not be used when overdue fines reach $5, until payment is made.
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.
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