See the location of all branches
Find which branch is open today and when
Find hours and information for Main Library
Find hours and information about North Branch
Find hours and information about Lincoln Branch
Find hours and information about Lakeview Branch
Everything you need to know about how to get and use your library card
Learn how much overdue and lost materials fees are.
Find out how long you can keep library materials.
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.
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, Passages and read library news as well as the complete calendar.
Download our monthly calendar of events just for kids.
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.
Choose the reading challenges you want to complete in 2019
The Mayor's Community Coalition Against Heroin is providing information and discussion about the heroin epidemic in Peoria, Illinois.
This page contains information about the events planned at Peoria Public Library for The Great American Read
Find links to news stories featuring Peoria Public Library
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.
By Amber Lowery
Top o’ the morning to ye! Ah, yes, it is that time of year again. We drag out our greenest finery, hunt down shamrocks, and start cooking the corned beef and cabbage. We spout phrases like “Erin Go Bragh” and sing “Oh Danny Boy” at the top of our lungs. But did you know you can use the library to learn more about the lives and languages of the Emerald Isle?
Peoria Public Library has a subscription to an extraordinary database called Mango Languages. It has lessons for 71 languages currently, including Irish. The lessons are self-guided so you can study in your own time at your own pace. You can use your library card for guest access or sign up for free to keep track of your progress. Learning another language can be extremely useful when it comes to reading old records from our ancestors’ homelands.
We also have several databases to help with your genealogical research, such as AncestryLibrary, HeritageQuest, and Newsbank. Each of these can be extremely helpful in guiding you in your discovery of your ancestors and their lives. Find out how and when your ancestors came to America. Use the records to determine just how many of your ancestors came from Ireland.
Beyond the computer, we have books that tell of the Great Potato Famine and the immigration of the Irish people to America for all ages. The Local History and Genealogy area has a collection of articles and news pieces about prominent Irish folk who came to Peoria and made their home here. We have microfilm that covers global issues in history, telling the stories of the past. Through interlibrary loan, we can also access material from other libraries that may help you in whatever your quest may be.
Consider your ancestors and what they may have gone through to learn a new language in a new and strange homeland. Marvel at how resilient they were to thrive and survive. Study their history in our Local History and Genealogy collection. Learn about their lives here at the library. And, if you have any questions, feel free to come by the Main Library or our branches and ask our wonderful staff at the Peoria Public Library. We are here to help you find the information you seek. Sláinte.
© Copyright 2017 Peoria Public Library. All Rights Reserved.