Peoria Public Library

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Peoria Public Library
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1] Ask a Librarian form.

Address:[2]

107 NE Monroe
Peoria, Illinois 61602

Telephone:[2] 309-497-2000.

Hours and holidays:[2]  Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.;  Holidays.

Map, directions, and public transportation

  • Directions:
    • from the north (Akron, IL) on IL-40:  Turn onto N State Route 40/IL-40 toward Peoria. IL-40 becomes N Knoxville Ave, 7.1 mi. Stay straight to go onto Fayette St, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto NE Monroe St, 0.1 mi. 107 NE MONROE ST is on the right.
    • from the east (Bloomington, IL) on I-74:  Merge onto I-74 W toward Peoria. Take the IL-29/US-24/Adams St exit, EXIT 93, toward Jefferson Ave/Downtown Peoria, 0.2 mi. Merge onto Spalding Ave/IL-29, 0.09 mi. Take the 1st left onto NE Jefferson Ave/US-24 W/IL-29. Continue to follow NE Jefferson Ave/US-24 W, 0.2 mi. Turn right onto Hamilton Blvd, 0.2 mi. Take the 2nd left onto NE Monroe St. 0.05 mi. 107 NE MONROE ST is on the right.
    • from the south (Lincoln, IL) on I-155:  Merge onto I-155 N toward Peoria/Hartsburg. Merge onto I-74 W via the exit on the left toward Peoria, 7.9 mi. Take the IL-29/US-24/Adams St exit, EXIT 93, toward Jefferson Ave/Downtown Peoria, 0.2 mi. Merge onto Spalding Ave/IL-29, 0.09 mi. Take the 1st left onto NE Jefferson Ave/US-24 W/IL-29. Continue to follow NE Jefferson Ave/US-24 W, 0.2 mi. Turn right onto Hamilton Blvd, 0.2 mi. Take the 2nd left onto NE Monroe St. 0.05 mi. 107 NE MONROE ST is on the right.
    • from the west (Galesburg, IL) on I-74:  Merge onto I-74 E toward Peoria. Take EXIT 92B toward IL-40 S/Glen Oak Avenue/Downtown Peoria, 0.3 mi. Merge onto N Knoxville Ave, 0.1 mi. Stay straight to go onto Fayette St, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto NE Monroe St, 0.1 mi. 107 NE MONROE ST is on the right.
  • Public transportation:  Peoria bus routes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, and 14 stop within two or three blocks of the Peoria Public Library Main branch.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Peoria Public Library hours, research, using the library, events, e-books, friends, contact us,
  • RSAcat
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    online catalog by keyword, title, author, subject, or ISBN. Also available in WorldCat.

Collection Description

They enjoy a large genealogy and local history department, including many indexes, DAR files, and basic genealogy resources for the plains states.[3] Their subscription databases include Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, Digital Sanborn Maps, Historic Map Works, Peoria Journal Star  obituaries 1991-present, and ProQuest Newsstand (300+ newspapers).[4]

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Peoria Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[6]
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Illinois and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[7]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[8]

Similar Collections

  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library a huge collection, with printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders—a great overall genealogy collection.[9]
  • Chicago Public Library reference books, how-to-guides, histories, biographies.
  • Lincoln Library, Springfield, indexed obituaries, city directories, the Sangamon Valley Collection  has photos, yearbooks, histories, and maps for studying Sangamon and surrounding counties.</ref>
  • Urbana Free Library their strength is Champaign County history, but they have good basic genealogy for the entire United States including printed genealogies, manuscripts, family folders.</ref>

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. Ask a Librarian in Peoria Public Library (accessed 3 April 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Main Library in Peoria Public Library (accessed 3 April 2015).
  3. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 41. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. Genealogist in Peoria Public Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  7. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  8. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
  11. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  12. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  13. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  14. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  17. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).