General Information


The Henderson County Public Library District is Reopening.

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The Henderson County Public Library District is announcing Curbside Service.

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Click here for Bookmobile Curbside Details.

Henderson County Resources - COVID-19 Pandemic

Eagle View Curb-side Care and COVID-19 Testing

Summer Reading Program 2020 - Dig Deeper

Summer Reading T-Shirt Order Form - Round 2 - Due July 13, 2020

Statement of Mission:

This mission of the Henderson County Public Library District is to provide tax supported service to citizens of the library district in areas of cultural, recreational, educational, and economic fulfillment within the financial capabilities of the district. An attempt will be made to reach both users and non-users by increased use of public information resources.

Contact Us

Henderson County Public Library District
110 Hill Crest Drive
Biggsville, IL 61418

phone: 309-627-2450
(After business hours the library has an answering machine - just leave a message with your name, date and time of the message.)
fax number: 309-627-2830
email us!

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Anita Smith - Library Director.

Brenda Tee - Full Time Library Staff.

Mary Allaman - Part Time Library Staff.

Loreena Baker - Part Time Library Staff. 

Denny Hilligoss - Accounting Clerk.

Sarah Cassiday - Bookmobile Operator.

Tristin Johnson - Part Time High School Staff.    

Ross Vancil - Part Time High School Staff.     

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider."                                                                                          


Board of Trustees

Diana Russell - Board President, term expires 2024

Thomas Pullen - Vice-President, term expires 2021

Sharon Eisenmayer - Secretary, term expires 2022 

Judy Roessler - Treasurer, term expires 2022

Susan Bates - term expires 2024

Jennifer Painter, term expires 2021

Charleen Fisher, term expires 2022

Board meetings are held the first Monday of every month at the Henderson County Public Library unless stated otherwise. All meetings are open to the public. To contact a board member email at:

Board meetings start at 5:00 p.m. on:

July 6, 2020
August 3, 2020
September 14, 2020
October 12, 2020
November 2, 2020
December 7, 2020
January 4, 2021
February 1, 2021
March 1, 2021
April 5, 2021
May 3, 2021
June 7, 2021

Meeting Agendas

July 8, 2019

August 5, 2019

September 9, 2019

October 14, 2019

November 4, 2019

December 2, 2019

January 6, 2020

February 3, 2020

March 2, 2020

March 17, 2020 Special Emergency Meeting

May 4, 2020

May 26, 2020 Special Emergency Meeting

June 1, 2020

July 6, 2020

Meeting Minutes

July 8, 2019

August 5, 2019

September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019 Special Meeting

September 9, 2019 Special Meeting B&A

October 14, 2019

November 4, 2019

December 2, 2019

January 6, 2020

February 3, 2020

March 2, 2020

March 17, 2020 Special Emergency Meeting

May 4, 2020

May 26, 2020 Special Emergency Meeting

Our History

The first effort to organize a library service area to encompass the entire county was made in 1957 with eight service stations. Each station was stocked with one to two hundred volumes, and were set up in the villages of Henderson County. A bookmobile was provided to make stops throughout the county and, by September 1957, bookmobile services were available to every school. Many of these books were provided by transfer of materials from the State Library at Kaskaskia while others were bought with funds provided for the Warren-Henderson County Service Project.

From this beginning, the county voted in 1959 to form a district library, which continues to serve the entire county. After the vote to form the district, a group of citizens from Biggsville built a building which was then sold to the library district. This location served the citizens of Henderson County for many years. In order to provide the services that the patrons had come to expect, a larger location was needed.

The library board voted in January 1999 that the Library remain in Biggsville, the most central village in the County and the location closest to the two Henderson County school districts. In March 1999, an architect was employed. A "Feasibility Study" grant money was received in June to determine the best location within Biggsville for the new building and develop preliminary plans. The board applied for a construction grant in October. In February of 2000, Jesse White, the State Librarian, announced that the library would receive a $250,000 construction grant for the new building.

The concept design for the new library was created by APACE Architects and Engineers of Peoria in August. The construction was done by Laverdiere Construction of Macomb. The 180 x 300 foot building was completed in May of 2001. The old library closed its doors on May 22, 2001. From May 23- May 31, the staff and many volunteers began moving to the new library. The big moving day was May 29, 2001, with 26 students from Southern High School helping and many, many, wonderful volunteers. On June 1, 2001, the new library opened its doors for the first time.




Personnel Policy

American Library Association Bill of Rights

American Library Association Freedom to Read Statement

American Library Association Freedom the View Statement

Collection Management Policy

General Operations Policy

Hours of Operation

Investment of Public Funds

Library Materials

Local Records Retention Policy

Pandemic Response Procedures

Patron Registration

Purchasing Policy

Sexual Harrassment Policy

Test Proctoring Policy