Our collection for Pekin and Tazewell County includes Pekin Times newspapers on microfilm from the most current to 1914;  numerous  Illinois state history and surrounding county history resources; as well as PCHS yearbooks and some school newspapers (yearbooks available digitally from the Information Desk as well.) Resources are for in-house use only.  You do not need a library card to use our Local History Room.

Pekin City Directories Available for research in the Local History Room collection; no check-outs
1861, 1870-71, 1876-77, 1887-88, 1898, 1900-16, 1918, 1921-22, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1955-56, 1958, 1959, 1961-62, 1964-66, 1968-95, 1997-2017
White’s Tazewell County Directories Available for research in the Local History Room collection; no check-outs
1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930

Local History Information Can Also Be Found Through These Links Online:


If you are unable to visit the library, our local history expert may be able to do some research for you.  We provide quick searches (15 minutes or less) of printed materials for short answers at no charge. Advanced research fees are charged for requests that involve more time-consuming searches for unspecified materials on a particular subject (such as microfilmed newspaper articles for which the publication date is unknown). Advanced research requests are $15 for up to an hour of research. Two hours of research cost $30. If more in-depth research is needed that would take longer than two hours, we will refer the requestor to independent professional researchers. For research services, please email: obituary@pekinpubliclibrary.org. Please allow 1-2 weeks for the completion of research requests.

 I Need to Find an Obituary Notice