(Photograph Provided by Don Vangeison. Research by Skip Minder.)
Welcome to the Pawnee Public Library
Member of Illinois Heartland Library System
Pawnee Public Library is the centrally located facility that serves the 2,750 residents of Pawnee, Illinois. Our collection contains over 50,000 volumes and circulates over 18,000 items per year. The library also loans audio books, AR reading series, videos and music CDs. PPL subscribes to a wide range of magazines, as well as local and nationwide newspapers. Genealogy research is enhanced with the use of two microfilm machines and an extensive collection of the Pawnee Post Newspaper on microfilm. Various local historical photos, publications, coal mine maps and resources are available to our patrons. By clicking on the "Catalog Book" at the upper left, you can browse all of our collection. Click through our "books" to the left for local information, history and upcoming events. In addition to patron computers for internet use, the library provides free Wi-Fi connections. We invite residents to stop in and register for a library card. Interlibrary Loan Pawnee Public Library, in conjunction with Illinois Hearland Library System, (IHLS) provides the opportunity for our patrons to borrow books for two-week periods from other Illinois libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Program. Once a request is received and processed, delivery time can be anywhere from a few days to a month depending on the library the book has been requested from. (Brand new books might take up to six months.) Deliveries are made to the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and patrons are phoned with notification of arrival or unfilled requests.
Illinois Heartland Library System
The IHLS provides delivery, automation and talking book services as well a certain grant program services to the libraries of southern and parts of central Illinois.
Illinois Heartland Library System covers 28,141 square miles and includes 594 member libraries: 38 academic, 231 public, 260 school and 65 special.
IHLS was created by the merger of four regional library systems in southern and central Illinois: Lewis and Clark Library System, Edwardsville; Lincoln Trail Libraries System, Champaign; Rolling Prairie Library System, Decatur; and Shawnee Library System in Carterville.
In person, your Pawnee Public Library card will be honored at any RPLS library through the Reciprocal Borrowing Program. These libraries exist in all or parts of the following counties: Christian, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Effingham, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Moultrie, Piat, Sangamon, and Shelby. For more book searches, click the Getting Books button and be sure to contact the library for more assistance.