The Local History & Genealogy Collection is in its own climate-controlled room located at the Peoria Public Library (107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602) on LL1 (Lower Level 1). To reach this collection, enter the Main Library downtown Peoria, take the elevator or stairs down one flight to LL1. You will go through a portion of the Gallery area and then into the Local History and Genealogy Room.
Be sure to sign the Peoria County Genealogical
Society guest book! It is located on top of the bookcase
when you enter the room.
For a specific question about either collection
Visit us at the Main Library (Lower Level One) located in downtown Peoria
We are open from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday - Saturday
Email inquiries are at Ask A Librarian
Mail inquiries are sent to: Genealogy, Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe St., Peoria, IL 61602
Our Local Historians have wonderful stories to tell. The talented local writers and researchers often find gems of local history that have escaped being chronicled. Please look for their collection of essays below for the titles that reveal little know facts about Peoria and its history. You will find additional information about Peoria by enjoying these podcasts!
Please click on the links below for further information on that area:
Local History & Genealogy Room
Provides the room description with an overview of its contents
Provides information on how to start a genealogy search, a list of area Cemeteries and Mausoleums, and a list of links to other genealogy sites
Local History Collection
(formerly called the Peoria & Illinois Collection) Provides information on local authors, Peoria information in a variety of formats including podcasts
Rare materials are for supervised use, please ask a staff person for assistance.
Peoria Postcards at the Illinois State Archives
Find images of old Peoria from our Local History postcard collection that have been preserved digitally and shared via the Illinois State Archives.