Now that we are in Phase 3 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 several days 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 is still here for you! Starting today, we will offer no-contact curbside pickup service in addition to our online resources.
To support social distancing efforts, the library is operating with very limited staff. Staff will fill your request as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience.
Hours for curbside pickup:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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/
Please note: No holds will be delivered from outside libraries at this time. Only items currently in the Warren County Public Library collection are available for pick-up.
· 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!
·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.
·The Warren County Public Library remains closed to the public. The lobby, restrooms, computers, and other spaces will not be accessible.
·If you need further assistance, limited library staff are here to help. For instance, if you need tax forms or need us to print materials for you, please let us know.
·We cannot accept cash fines right now. You can pay fines when we re-open or online.
All due dates on currently checked out items have been extended to June 12, 2020.
During our closure period, the Wi-Fi will be left on. The password is wcplibrary.
TumbleBooks is providing libraries with free access to all products until August 31st-- you don't even need a library card!
Tumblebooks Library (ebooks/activities for kids K-6): Click on the link to the right if you have a library card.
If you don't, use this link:
TumbleMath (ebooks/activities for kids K-6):
TeenBookCloud - (ebooks for grades 7-12)
AudioBookCloud - all ages audio book database
RomanceBookCloud - a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
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.
Save the date book lovers! The Friends of the Library will have their Used Book Sale on these dates:
March 28, 2020
May 16, 2020
September 26, 2020
November 7, 2020
December 12, 2020
The sale room will be open 8am-2pm. Free will donations accepted. All proceeds benefit the Warren County Public Library.
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.
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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.
- Large Print Books
- Audio Books
- Daily Review Atlas (Monmouth)
- Journal Star (Peoria)
- Prairie Review (formerly the Oquawka Current)
- Register Mail (Galesburg)
- Wall Street Journal
- Videos and DVD's
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)