Library Subscription Databases

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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