107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

All locations of Peoria Public Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday November 22 and 23. All locations will also be closed for construction on Saturday and Sunday November 24 and 25. The Friendly Finds Used Bookstore at Main Library will be closed November 19 through 24.

Most of Main Library HVAC Project On Track

The installation of the new heating and cooling system at Main Library is well underway and still projected to finish in time to reopen all of the Main Library in early December. The very last portion of the project, installing a new main electrical panel, may be delayed as contractors wait for a part. This delay will possibly affect library operations. The library’s phone and electrical systems are based at our Main Library so any shutdown will necessitate closing all our locations for two days while the new system is installed. Please watch the library website at www.ppl.peoria.lib.il.us or social media for information. Call (309) 497-2000 anytime for library hours and availability.

On October 11, the original library boilers and water coolers were lifted out through hatches that were built for that purpose when the library was constructed. Cranes hoisted the boilers, weighing almost 2,300 pounds each, from Lower Level Two straight up and over the top of the building to waiting flatbed trucks. The bright orange boilers flying sky high had the full attention of passersby. The giant tanks will be replaced by small, very efficient heating and cooling units, offering level temperatures and cost savings on utility bills and repairs.

Duct work on the main floors of the library continues through the month of November, however the Gallery, Local History and Genealogy and Friendly Finds Bookstore remain open.

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