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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
Find your next book with lists of award winners, staff picks or help from our staff
Download the forms you need and read information about how to reserve a room.
Get quick answers about everything from renewing books to applying for a library card.
Use this form to have library staff find an answer for you.
View the art owned by Peoria Public Library.
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
Health insurance information and resources
Find library events for all ages.
Download the library newsletter and read library news as well as the complete calendar.
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.
The Peoria Public Library is a tax-supported public institution whose purpose depends upon an environment where the public can avail itself of library resources in a calm, quiet, and controlled setting assuring patrons of their legally protected right to receive information. Library patrons therefore properly expect each of our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe places for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing, and attending programs and meetings. To this end, the Library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons, volunteers, and staff, and for preserving and protecting the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds consistent with its strong commitment to intellectual freedom and to freedom of access to information. For further information, please refer to the American Library Association Code of Ethics http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/proethics/codeofethics/codeethics.cfm and the Library Bill of Rights http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/index.cfm.
As used in this policy, (1) “Library facility” or “facility” may be used interchangeably and shall mean a building, a room, an interior or exterior area (e.g., a garden or patio), equipment, fixture, or other part of the buildings, equipment, or grounds of the Peoria Public Library and (2) “Library material,” “Library resource,” “material,” or “resource” may be used interchangeably and shall mean any book, plate, picture, photograph, engraving, painting, sculpture, statue, artifact, drawing, map, newspaper, pamphlet, magazine, manuscript, document, letter, microfilm, sound recording, audiovisual material, magnetic or other type, electronic data processing record or other documentary, written or printed material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, or any part thereof, belonging to, or on loan to or otherwise in the custody of a Library facility.
The Peoria Public Library reserves the right to search any or all backpacks, bags, briefcases, packages, or containers being brought into Library facilities.
Behavior becomes unacceptable when it interferes with the rights of others, results in injury to oneself or others, or reasonably threatens to damage or actually damages any Library facility, material, or resource other than through customary or commonly accepted use resulting in ordinary wear and tear. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:
Progressive discipline will be used relative to violations of this policy.
Consequences of misconduct may include one or more of the following: a verbal warning, eviction from the Library, loss of Library privileges, and arrest.
Federal and state laws and Peoria ordinances pertaining to the use and protection of public facilities, specifically public libraries, and to persons working in, occupying, or using such public facilities will be fully enforced.
The Standards of Behavior Policy will be reviewed and revised as necessary by the Board of Trustees of Peoria Public Library.
Adopted by the Peoria Public Library Board of Trustees on February 15, 2011.
Revised by the Peoria Public Library Board of Trustees on February 17, 2015.
Peoria Public Library
Smoke and Tobacco Free Property Policy
(Adopted by Peoria Public Library Board of Trustees, December 18, 2018)
Peoria Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming, healthy and safe environment for patrons and staff. Due to acknowledged health hazards arising from exposure to secondhand smoke, it is the policy of Peoria Public Library to provide a smoke and tobacco free environment for employees, patrons, and vendors.
The use of any smoke or tobacco product is prohibited by employees, patrons, and vendors on property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by Peoria Public Library, including company vehicles in these areas.
Smoke or tobacco products may be used within private vehicles that are parked 25 feet from an entrance to the building or an air intake vent.
All Peoria Public Library buildings, grounds, and vehicles are smoke and tobacco free. Tobacco use and smoking in all forms, including the use of electronic cigarettes and smoke-free oral tobacco products, is not permitted in any facility, vehicle, or on property owned by Peoria Public Library.
Those who violate the policy will be asked to stop using the smoke/tobacco product. If you refuse to comply, you will be asked to leave the property.
The policy applies to every person who visits Peoria Public Library property, including employees, patrons, and vendors.
This policy will go into effect on January 1, 2019.
Smoking: Inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe.
Tobacco Products: All forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookahs), electronic cigarettes (vaporizers), and smokeless tobacco products. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) are not considered a tobacco product.
Property: Buildings and structures, grounds, parking lots, sidewalks, and vehicles.
Employee: Any person who is employed by Peoria Public Library
Patron: Any person who is not an employee of Peoria Public Library who visits a Peoria Public Library location to visit with staff, seek information, receive materials, provide trainings, attend meetings or programs, or is on Peoria Public Library property for any other reason.
Vendors: Any person who delivers goods, supplies, or seeks to set up services, whether a contract is in place or not.
Adopted by the Peoria Public Library Board of Trustees on December 18, 2018.
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