Anyone who visits may use our resources while here.   In order to take home books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, or audio books, you must have a valid library card.  We share items with libraries throughout central Illinois – you can checkout and return items to and from area libraries with your library card.

Checkout Limits:borrowbook
  • Books, Audio Books, CDs  – checkout for 3 weeks
  • DVDs, Magazines  – checkout for 7 days
  • New Music, Children’s Holiday Books – checkout for 7 days
Items NOT Owned by PPL Showing in the RSA System Catalog 

When you place a hold on most items in the RSA catalog,  we will transfer the item from the owning library to Pekin.  An email will alert you that the item is here.  How to Place a Hold

Items NOT found in the RSA Catalog 

If no area library has the item you want, we can request items from other Illinois libraries outside the RSA system.  This free service is available to anyone with a valid Pekin Library card.   Make your request in person, call us at 347-7111  or use the FirstSearch link below.

FIRST SEARCH Access a variety of online databases such as ERIC, WorldCat, MedLine, Article 1st, GPO Monthly, H.W. Wilson Select, NetFirst, etc. for news articles, journal articles and hard-to-find books.  (Small fee applies if these items are requested and not retrieved.)

How Do I Borrow e-Books and Audiobooks?