Tuesday, June 1st @ 7pm: MOBA 101: An Introduction to the Museum of Bad Art        Register now!

Tuesday, June 8th @ 7pm: Living in Tough Times: From Having a Bad Day to Dystopian Apocalypse

Tuesday, June 15th @ 7pm: A Visit to the MOBA Zoo

Attending each program is worth 50 points in the Adult Summer Reading Program!


During the Pandemic, we ask for patrons to limit time spent in the library. One way to accomplish this is to place holds on the items you want to borrow. You can place a hold by calling the library at 734-3166, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by placing a hold online. If you're not sure how to place a hold online, here is a brief video demonstrating the steps:


Once a hold is placed, you will receive an email and/or phone call when the books are ready for pickup. Your items will be waiting for you behind the desk. Or, you can call us to arrange a curbside pickup. 

The Warren County Public Library Summer Reading program will be online once again! Register now at: wcplibrary.readsquared.com 
We are excited to offer in-person programming again for the summer, held outside!
For the Children's program: Books and minutes read will be logged in by computer or in paper form, and there are weekly prizes for all 8 weeks for the age categories of 0-5, 6-12 and 13-18. There are also additional grand prizes that will be awarded on the 8th week for the age categories.
For the Adult program: Earn a point for every minute that you read, complete reading challenges and missions for points and prizes, and attend programs for points! We will also be holding Summer Reading Raffles at the end of June and July. Hope to see you there!

Special THANK YOU to these Organizations and Individuals for making Summer Reading possible:
Children's Program: Kiwanis Club of Monmouth, Security Savings Bank, Monmouth Rotary Club, Burger King, Target, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Jamieson Center, Monmouth Police Department, Monmouth Fire Department, GHAS (Galesburg Hospitals Ambulance Service), Anna Sharp, Warren Henderson Farm Bureau, Arlene Smith and Dancers’ Studio, Kuk Sool Won of Monmouth, IL, United Way of Warren County, and Susan Trevor, Rod Davies, Justin Thomas, Nicole Trego, and Court Hopkins for their election signs, which were used to create the Storywalk.


Now that we are in Phase 4 of the Illinois Restore Plan, the Warren County Public Library is open to the public. The Library has been deep cleaned, and we have adopted new cleaning protocols. Returned items are quarantined for 24 hours before being reshelved.

We are happy to serve you in person once again, with a few modifications, which include capacity limits and social distancing. At this time, visits to the library are limited to checking out items and using the computers. “Hanging out” is not permitted. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, toys and play areas are unavailable and our meeting rooms are closed.

While in the building, patrons are expected to maintain 6 feet from others and wear face coverings (unless medically unable). To reduce the number of individuals in the library, please consider sending one person per family. Curbside service continues as an alternative for families and at-risk individuals. In addition, the first hour of the day (8 a.m.–9 a.m.) is dedicated to seniors and other at-risk groups. All others are asked to wait until 9 a.m. before entering the building.

Internet computers have been spread out and may be used for up to one hour a day, by reservation only. Please call the library at 734-3166 to reserve a time slot. (If a longer session is needed, please speak to our staff. We may be able to accommodate your request.) Due to the limited availability of internet computers, casual web browsing and gaming are not permitted at this time.

We look forward to the future when all restrictions are lifted and we can again be a place to gather and socialize. Thank you for your patience during this time. Please contact us with any questions.

The Warren County Public Library still offers no-contact curbside pickup during our normal open hours. 

Follow these easy steps to pick up your materials:
Step One: Order Your Books, Movies, and More!

· Search our catalog to reserve materials: https://alsi.sdp.sirsi.net/client/en_US/WarrenCountyPL/
· Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your book request.
· Or call us at 309-734-3166, and we will take your request by phone. (If we do not answer, please leave your name and phone number, and we will return your call.)

Step Two: Schedule Your Pickup

· You will be notified via email or phone when your request is ready.
· Please call or email us to schedule a pickup day. 

Step Three: Pick Up Your Items

· Call us from the parking lot when you arrive: 309-734-3166.
· Staff will put your items on the bench outside, near the bookdrop. It will be in a bag with your name on it. Please do not retrieve your items until our staff member has gone back inside.
· All conversations must be done by phone or email, but we will smile and wave when we see you! Thank you for understanding.
· Enjoy your items!

Additional Information:

·If you are sick, please stay home. Do not come to the library to pick up materials.
·In case of inclement weather, we may suspend curbside pickup. 

During the Governor's Phased Reopening Plan, the Wi-Fi will be left on. The password is wcplibrary.

What is Explore More Illinois?

Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by your library that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues.

How do I get a Pass?

Log in with your library card credentials and browse for passes by date or attractions. Make your reservation and print or download your pass shortly before your visit. You can have two active reservations per library card. Please cancel your reservation(s) if unable to attend, otherwise the reservation will count as being used. Remember that once you print or download your pass you cannot cancel your reservation. Click on the link below to get started.



The Warren County Public Library has 2 Figge passes available to be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis to patrons with a valid, and in good standing, WCPL library card. The Library has 1 Putnam Museum pass, worth 5 admission tickets available as well.

Passes can be checked out for one week, no renewals.  Holds can be placed only in person or by calling (309) 734-3166. The pass includes general admission for the individual or the household (Figge) or admission for five individuals (Putnam).

Please note that passes are non-transferable. Borrowing patrons may be asked for photo identification or their library card, in addition to the pass, to gain admission to the museum.

Click on RSAcat (image above) to access books, movies, and more.

The Warren County Public Library and Warren County Genealogical Society now offer Ancestry.com: Library Edition. Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story. (Access available only in the library.)

Click below to begin your research:



Were you aware that eBooks and audiobooks can be “borrowed’ from your library? The Warren County Public Library has memberships with two downloadable services, Alliance Digital Media Library (ADML), and eRead Illinois. ADML has 1,632 downloadable audiobooks and 7,014 ebooks.  eRead Illinois has 4,506 audiobooks and 26,198 ebooks. What does this mean? This means you can borrow a book, anytime, anywhere.


The Warren County Public Library offers a broad assortment of materials that are available to check out or use.  From newspapers to DVD's, the Library has an extensive collection of items.  Below is a list of the types of items available to check out or use at the library.

  • Books
  • Large Print Books
  • Audio Books and Music CDs
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
    • Daily Review Atlas (Monmouth)
    • Journal Star (Peoria)
    • Prairie Review (formerly the Oquawka Current)
    • Register Mail (Galesburg)
    • Wall Street Journal
  • DVDs


Special Collections

There is also a small collection of special materials available for use at the library.  These items are not available for check out, but they may be used while you are at the library. Below is a list of items available.

  • The Lincoln Collection
  • Sheet Music




Services At Main Library

The Library also provides many services to people looking for help.  They can help you with all your information needs through reference assistance.  If you can't find what you're looking for, stop in, e-mail, or call us during open hours.  Below is a list of services available at the library.

  • Copy Machine (fee)
  • High Speed Internet Computers and Printers (fee for printing)
  • Fax 309-734-5955 (fee)
  • Meeting Rooms available by reservation
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Reference Assistance
  • Proctoring, call 309-734-3166 for more information
  • Laminating (fee)

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