107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

The Local History Collection

The Local History Collection includes the formats of fiction and nonfiction.  You will find the works of local authors Philip Jose Farmer, Betty Friedan, Ken Zurski, Kevin Stein, Norm Kelly and many more.  The many items in this collection include Illinois county histories and subject magazines and journals such as the Illinois State Historical Journal.  Please check the library’s catalog for specific titles.  If we don’t have the specific title that you are looking for, remember that we can Inter-Library Loan most items with your Peoria Public Library card.

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 enjoy this collection of essays or the titles that reveal little know facts about Peoria and its history.  You will find additional information about Peoria by enjoying these podcasts!