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Our Address:

207 N. Walnut Ave.                                                 Staff Workplace (8/17) login
PO Box 349                                                                           Staff Email login
Princeville, IL 61559

Our Phone Numbers:

Library - (309) 385-4540
Fax - (309) 385-2661

Our Email Address:

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Employment applications are accepted at any time and will be kept on file for 1 year.  A .pdf copy of the application is available online.

Applications can be returned to:

Lillie M. Evans Library District
Attn: Director
207 N Walnut, P.O. Box 349
Princeville, IL 61559 

or faxed to us at: 309-385-2661

Public Information

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Public Information updated 1/15/18


 Lillie M. Evans Library Calendar of Events

Freedom of Information Act

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Freedom of Information Act Policy - 2018.pdf Updated 4/12/18

Frequently Asked Questions

The Questions:

The Answers:

Who owns the library?

The library district is a unit of local government owned by the people that live in the district. There is a 7 member board of trustees that are in charge of the library. They are elected every four years in a two year rotation. The board makes the policies under which the library operates and meets every month in a public meeting to discuss the business of the library. The board appoints a library director to run the library for them.  ↑Back to Questions

Why is it called the Lillie M. Evans Library?

Mrs. Evans grew up in the Princeville area. Although she moved away as an adult, she chose to leave a bequest to the people of Princeville to "build and equip" a library. She stipulated that the town must have a library tax to operate the library. The building is named in her honor.  ↑Back to Questions

Who picks the books?

Actually, materials for the library are selected in several ways. The library has a collection management policy, passed by the Board of Trustees that provides guidelines for the staff to use when selecting materials. We use reviews, customer requests, and suitability in making the decisions of what to order.  ↑Back to Questions

Why do you charge fines?

The fines help people remember to return things on time so that someone else can use them. The money that we collect from fines helps us pay for the time and postage to send the reminders that tell you that you have something you need to return. You can avoid paying fines by renewing book, audiobooks, and CDs. Items can be renewed once for two more weeks.  ↑Back to Questions

How much are the fines?

Fines can be confusing, that’s for sure. The fine for books, CDs, videos, and magazines is $.10 per item per day. If you are 60 years or older, you are not charged overdue fines. Any of these items can be returned in the book drop at the east entrance to the building. If they are returned before we open, they are counted as back on the previous day and no fine is charged. DVD fines are $1.00 per day and they can be returned in the book drop. Remember books, audiobooks and CDs may be renewed once for two weeks and videos DVDs and magazines for one week if no one is waiting for them.  ↑Back to Questions

What are the charges for copies and using the fax machine?

$.15 for black and white copies, $.50 for color copies $3 to send a fax up to 5 pages and $2 to received a fax up to 5 pages.  If faxes are more than 5 pages, the charge is $3 for every additional 5 pages or $1 for each additional page (whichever is less).  ↑Back to Questions

Why do I have only one week when I check out magazines, DVDs and videos?

Most magazines can be read in one or two days and the information remains current for a relatively short time. When you return them as soon as possible, more people can use the material. DVDs and videos are normally viewed completely at one sitting. These are popular items and the numbers are limited. When you return them promptly, someone else can watch it too.  ↑Back to Questions

Why don’t you put my favorite type of book together in one spot?

Some libraries put a certain type of book on the same shelf, for example, all of the mysteries together or all of the science fiction together. Our library does not do that for several reasons. First, many books do not fit in only one area. Some romances are also westerns and some westerns are also inspirational fiction. Secondly, special collections take extra space and space is precious. We want to fit as many books as possible into our collection. Besides, think of all the good "stuff" you find while browsing the shelves. Watch for the special stickers on the spines of the books, they’ll help you find your favorite genres. ↑Back to Questions

Do you have public access computers?

Yes, there are 7 computers available to the public to use. All of them use Windows 7, have the basic Microsoft office products, catalog access and internet. There is one computer that is only public access to the library catalog.  ↑Back to Questions

Why do you limit my time on the computer?

The user’s agreement that our computer users sign says that you have one half hour of computer time per day. Often, you can have more time if no one is waiting to use the computer. Certain times of the day the computers are very busy and people are waiting for a turn. In order to allow more people to use them, we might have to ask you to leave after your half hour is up. After school is always very busy so, if it is possible, you may want to come at a different time if your project requires more time.  ↑Back to Questions

Can I check my email?

Many members of our community and visitors come to the library to check their email. You are welcome to use the public computers to do so.  ↑Back to Questions

Can I use my laptop in the library?

The library has a wireless connection and if your laptop is equipped with a wireless card, you can use it anywhere in the building. If you do not have wireless capabilities, we have a network connection available in our quiet study room.  ↑Back to Questions

Can I use your phone?

The library does not have a public telephone. Our phone is our business line so we ask that you limit the calls that you make from that phone. We will allow short local calls, to parents for example. Many people now use cell phones as their primary phone. We ask that you not call cell phones from our phone because those are toll calls.  ↑Back to Questions

Is the meeting room available for my meeting?

The library’s meeting room is primarily used for library functions. The meeting room may, on occasion, be made available for use by members of the public. Ask for a copy of the meeting room policy explaining the rules at the circulation desk.  ↑Back to Questions

Using the Library

Please come and enjoy all that the library has to offer.

There is something here for everyone. We encourage you to visit our beautifull library and garden with your family. If you haven't thought of this as a place to spend "family time" you might want to give it a try. 

Services Available 

  • Storytimes, Winter and Summer Reading Programs
  • Other programs for children and families
  • Computers for patron use
  • Internet access for the public
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Mini-instruction sessions on library computers
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Information & Reference Service
  • Readers' Advisory
  • Delivery of books & other materials to homebound patrons
  • Assistance in enrolling in the Federal Talking Book Program
  • Photocopy service ($.15/copy)
  • Fax transmission ($1.00 for the first page / $.25 each additional)
  • Fax reception ($.15 per page)
  • Federal and State Tax Forms


Books--Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • Large Print Books
  • Encyclopedias & Other Reference Materials
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • DVDs and Blurays
  • Music CDs
  • Books on CDs
  • Playaways
  • Online Databases
  • Genealogy & Local History Resources
  • Ebooks & Downloadable Audio Books

Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center

One of the most valuable services offered by the library system is access to reading materials on cassettes, records, or Braille formats for persons with a visual disability, physical disability that prevents holding a book or turning pages, or a reading disability such as dyslexia. This is a free service offered to registered library patrons through the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center. Eligible persons who are unable to comfortably read standard print due to a temporary or permanent disability are encouraged to apply for this service. Applications and information are available at all public libraries and at the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center in East Peoria, IL. Materials and equipment including audio players, headphones, and adaptive equipment which are available to patrons at no charge. Materials and equipment are exchanged postage free, and the Center also offers toll-free telephone help.The selection of recorded books offered by the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center is vast with many different genres from which to choose. Without leaving home, a person can enjoy an exciting new world of entertaining recorded books and materials. If you know of someone who would benefit from this service, please pass this information on. Telephone the Lillie M. Evans Library at 385-4540 or the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center at 1-800-426-0709 if you have other questions.

Online Library Services

Modern technologies make it possible to provide library services to users in their homes. The Lillie M. Evans Library is able to provide our patrons with some new ways to use the library and some new products and services.

First, our patrons have the ability to access their library accounts from home. This service allows a patron to see what is checked out on his/her library card, any fines that are owed, and what items are requested, as well as anything that is waiting on hold for the patron. You can also place a hold on a book from home. This service allows the user to view his/her library acouunt 24/7. To protect your privacy, only your library card number can access the information, so it is important to have your card handy to use this service. A pin number is also required--if you do not know your pin number, please enquire at the circulation desk.

The Library's homepage is a virtual library available to you whenever you click on

If you wander around the site, you'll find lots of ways to meet your information needs and keep up to date on what's going on at the library. There are specialized databases that are purchased by the library for your use. These databases may require a password that you can get by calling the library.

Library Databases

These are the databases available for you to use:

Alliance Digital Media Library.  If you would like to read ebooks or listen to audiobooks, you have the option to use ADML to download these materials to your computer or device.   You will need your library card number to get to the collection.

If you have young children, try Tumblebooks while you are there.

Interested in genealogy? Heritage Quest is a database purchased by the library for your use. From this database, you can search census records, examine many documents from family records, and historical records from as far back as the Revolutionary War period. This database is a valuable source of information that is difficult or impossible to find on the Internet. It's available through the Lillie's Connections on the homepage.

It's 9:00 at night and you need the information now! For magazine articles, Wilson Omnifile provides an online index, abstracts, and the full text of more than 1 million articles from more than 2,700 quality periodicals. It is updated weekly and has coverage from the 1990s to present. Home access is available for LME Library cardholders. We also subscribe to America's Newspapers and the Peoria Journal Star.  In America's Newspapers, search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more from over 1500 full-text U.S. newspapers including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and many more.  The Peoria Journal Star online contains local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues.  These databases are especially helpful for young people doing reports or research at home Links to all databases are available on the library home page.

What do I read next? Fantastic Fiction has full descriptions of each book. They can tell you if a book is from a series and what other books are also in that series, as well as similar books you may also like.

Want to know if the library has that new book by your favorite author or that DVD that you just found or that you keep hearing advertised on TV? Visit our catalog and select the appropriate link on the right under "Library Info." If you find something that you want to borrow, go ahead and reserve it or send us an email by clicking on the link to our email address.

You can check on events and times for programs from the calendar. We welcome comments and suggestions. We check our email every day and we'll be happy to hear from you.

Additional Information

Newspapers available at the library include: Peoria Journal Star, Princeville Telephone, Advertiser and Prairie Shopper. There are over 24,000 items in the Lillie M. Evans Library collection, over 600 videos on the shelves and 70 periodicals, many of which are kept for 1-2 years.

The meeting room may be reserved for non-profit activities during times it is not being used for library programs. Certain requirements are necessary, including a deposit that must be made at the time the reservation is made. For details and available dates, please ask at the service desk.

Princeville Lions Club Provides a Service

The VideoEye! power magnification system is a powerful aid for those who have vision difficulties. This equipment has been donated to the community by the Princeville Lions Club and the Illinois Eye Center. The equipment has many uses: reading your mail or the newspaper, writing checks or correspondence, working with small pieces, or enjoying a book again. The equipment is easy to use; just ask at the service desk and we’ll show you how to get started. Help us spread the word about this wonderful gift to people with vision problems. 


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