Carnegie Library

1866 – Ladies Library Association organized in Pekin
1883 – Pekin Library Association formally incorporated under state laws
1896 – Pekin Library Association is transferred to city ownership; creating Pekin  Public Library
1900 – Mary Gaither wrote Andrew Carnegie requesting library building funds
1900 – George Herget of Pekin donated land for the library building
1902  – Carnegie building completed
1972 – The Dirksen Congressional Center and the Pekin Public Library agree to build a new facility on the site of the old Carnegie building.  Salvaged from the old library: stained glass windows,  grandfather and grandmother clocks, and the ornamental plaza lamp
2002 – Library acquired space previously housing the Dirksen Center
2014 – Renovation and expansion project

Mission Statement

Pekin Public Library serves as the community’s information center and gathering place.  People have the opportunity to connect, discover, conduct the business of life,  and leave enriched and satisfied.

Policy (includes Rules of Conduct)
Library Interior - 1930's Children's Area

Library Interior – 1930’s
Children’s Area

The Pekin Public Library Board of Trustees invites the public to enjoy the Library, its materials, special services and programs.  Library patrons must respect the rights and privileges of all users.  Any behavior that interferes with the use of the Library by others is prohibited.  Please click on this link to view our full Library Policy Notebook:   POLICY NOTEBOOK

Strategic Plan

Plan outlines the Library Board and staff goals / direction/  strategies for the library.  Current plan covers the Fiscal Years from 2014-2019.

Who Are the Library Board of Trustees?