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How do I get a library card?

Library cards are available to residents and taxpayers of the Lillie M. Evans Library District. (Peoria County residents can verify their taxing districts by using the Peoria County Clerk’s Tax District by Address page at: Registration can only be completed by visiting the Lillie M. Evans Library with a valid form of identification. Photo ID is the preferred method of identification. If the ID does not have the current address, an additional verification of address is required. This can include a piece of USPS mail, letter, or bill with the name and local address.

Library cards are issued to individuals and are non transferable. Children are eligible for their own library cards when they reach the age of five. Children under the age of 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian signature on their registration cards. Cardholders and parents/guardians of minors are responsible for all items checked out on their cards. Patrons are encouraged to bring their cards to the library for the most efficient service. Library staff may ask for ID verification before checkout to a person who has forgotten his/her library card. Patrons are responsible for notifying the library of any change of home address, email address, or phone number.

Non-resident cards are available for a fee (23 Ill. Admin. Code 3050.60). "Non-resident" means an individual residing in Illinois who does not have his or her principal residence within the territory of a public library service area.   ↑Back to Questions

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


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