Registration Requirements
Online Catalog
Item is Checked Out
Loans and Renewals
Overdue Materials
Lost or Damaged Items
Inter-library Loan
Text message alerts
Equipment and Services
Tax Forms
Electronic Book Downloading Instructions
About Henderson County Public Library
About OverDrive
Checking Out Library eBooks for Kindle
New Material
Meeting Room Rental Agreement
Donation of Books and Materials
Donations of Historical Documents and Photographs
Memorial Gifts and Donations
Legal Self-Help Center
Wireless Access

Explore More Illinois

“Explore More Illinois” is a free service offered to Henderson County Public Library adult cardholders to access discount offers from museums, cultural centers, and other attractions. choose Henderson County Public Library and log in with your library card and PIN #. Choose the attraction and date of your planned visit and submit your request. You will receive an email confirmation with details specific to the attraction. Current offers include Galesburg Parks & Recreation Lake Storey Beach Boats; Galesburg Parks & Recreation Lakeside Recreation Facility; Galesburg Parks & Recreation Lakeside Water Park; Peoria Park District Golf Learning Center & Academy; Peoria Park District Owens Recreation Center Ice Area; Peoria Riverfront Museum; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and more! Partnerships with other attractions are pending so check back periodically.

Registration Requirements

Henderson County Public Library District cards are available to:


Online Catalog

The RSA CAT library catalog is a powerful tool that will help you locate all types of information quickly and easily, search the library’s online catalog for books, large print materials, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, DVDs, ebooks and more.

If the item(s) you want is available, you can place the item on hold online or you can call the library at 309-627-2450 and request that the item(s) be pulled from the shelf and held for you at the Circulation Desk.

Your Library card includes borrowing privileges at all libraries. You may pick up the item at the lending library yourself or request the item through library staff. You can place a hold online on items at other area libraries.


Item is Checked Out

If the item you want is checked out, you may go to My Account to reserve the item by placing a hold on it. You will be notified when the item is returned to the library


Loans and Renewals

All materials are checked out for a two week loan period.  There is no renewal limit unless the item’s on hold for another patron.

There are three ways to “renew” items to keep it longer:

Overdue Materials

Patrons with responsibility for material in any format which is more than three months overdue are also responsible for any and all collection court costs by the Library in its effort to secure the return of the material.

Lost or Damaged Items

The charge to replace a lost Library card is $1.00. All library materials borrowed are the responsibility of the library patron. The replacement pricewill be charged to any patron who borrows and loses or damages beyond repair any library item. In the case of children under the age of 18, it is the parent’s responsibility to pay for lost or damaged items. Materials borrowed through interlibrary loan which are lost or damaged are charged to the patron according to the bill provided by the lending library, which might improve a processing fee.

In the event that any person’s failure to return any book or library item in an undamaged condition is determined to be willful, the Director shall report such violation to the State’s Attorney for prosecution pursuant to the applicable terms of the Illinois Criminal Code and shall exclude such person from further use of the Library or any privileges attendant thereto until full restitution to the Library has been made.  Damaged material will be repaired, if possible.  Otherwise, the patron responsible for the damage will be charged the replacement cost shown in the catalog program.  

Inter-library Loan

If you want an item that is not available at the Henderson County Public Library but is owned by a library within the RSAcat online catalog, holds can be placed by you or library staff.  You will be notified when it has arrived at Henderson County Public Library for you to pick up.

Text message alerts

A text messaging service called Shoutbomb is available if you would like to receive text notices on your phone about holds that are available, items that are due soon and overdue items.  Shoutbomb also lets you send a text to renew a loan. (The library does not charge a fee for this service, but your mobile plan’s regular text-messaging rates apply.)

You will need a mobile device capable of sending text messages, the barcode number from your library card (ten digits, Dxxxxxxxxx), and the PIN for your library account.

Send text message to 309-326-7110 (add this number to your contact list): SIGNUP+PatronBarCode+PIN

Once your Shoutbomb registration is complete, you will automatically get text notices around 9am about holds, items due in the next 3 days, overdues and more. Texts are only sent when activity in your library account triggers them.

Equipment and Services:

Other Services

Tax Forms

IRS Federal Forms and Instructions -
Illinois Department of Revenue –


Pre-School storytime with interactive song & play – Tuesdays at 10:00am

Summer Reading Program for ages pre-school through 8th grade. The summer reading program is an eight week program beginning on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Read books, log pages and earn free books. Register and log with the READsquared app. Storytime, crafts, End of Summer Reading Party. 

Electronic Book Downloading Instructions


Finding the Site:

Downloading Adobe Digital Editions

Note: You must download this program in order to check out books.

  1. On the page titled Alliance Digital Media Library, click on the blue My Help! icon located on the far left of the page.
  2. You will be led through a series of questions. First, you will be asked to specify what you’re looking for: e-books or audiobooks. Next, select the device that you will download your books onto. Finally, select the orange View My Help button.
  3.  You will be asked to download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Click on the ADE icon; another window will pop up, prompting you to download. Click on the tan install on the lower left.
  4. Once the program is downloaded and you’ve opened it, there will be a tan box titled set up assistance.  Click Continue.  Click on Get an Adobe ID online
  5. You will be taken to a new window on the Adobe website. On the left side of the page, select Create an Adobe Account.  Fill out the vital information. IMPORTANT: The email you use for your Adobe account MUST match the email you used to register your e-reading device. Click Continue. Now, your account has been created.
  6. Return to your Adobe Digital Editions and fill out your Adobe ID and password
  7. Then, click Activate

Checking Out Books

At the top horizontal blue bar, select Log In. Logging in allows you to check out or put books on hold. You will be asked to select your library and give your library card number (the 9 digit number on the front of your library card; begins with D, no space) and PIN (the four digit number on the back of your library card). If you cannot locate your library card, call the library for assistance.

Browse for books. Select books by clicking on the linked title. (Note: Make sure your selected book is in the format you want, either audiobook or e-book. The format can be found listed beneath the book jacket photo once you’ve clicked on the book’s title to view.)

There are two green bars beneath the book you’ve chosen.

1st: Add to Cart – book is available for checkout  OR  Join Waiting List – book is currently unavailable (you will be notified by email when it is available)

2nd: Wish List – By pressing this, you will add it to a list of books that 

 you are interested in but are NOT on hold for you.

When finished browsing, select My Cart on top blue bar. From there, select Proceed to Checkout. Then, if you are satisfied with your checkouts, select Confirm Check Out.

Select Download, and Open file to computer.

Transferring Books to Your Device

Plug one end of your USB cord into your device and the other into one of the USB ports on your computer’s tower.

An icon should pop up in the left column of your Adobe Digital Editions that shows its recognition of your device. (Don’t click on this icon; you want to remain in your library.) Click on the book(s) you want to transfer to your device and drag them over to your device’s icon. (You will know that it has transferred when there is a green circle with a “+” in place of your mouse.)

Automatically, a text box should pop up, showing the progress of your transfer. When the transfer is complete, disconnect your device and start reading! 

Checkout period is for 14 days.  You will no longer be able to open the book on your e-reader after that time period.  Books cannot be renewed.  You can check the same item out again if it is available.

Returning a Book Before the 14 Day Checkout Period Expires

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions on your PC.
  2. In large black box, there is a listing of the books you have checked out.
  3. Hold your mouse over the title you wish to check in early.
  4. An arrow will appear in front of the name of the title.
  5. Right Click on this arrow.  A drop down menu appears.
  6. Click on return borrowed item.
  7. Another box pops up. 
  8. Click Return.


To Delete a Book from Your Device

  1. Plug your e-reader into your PC.
  2. Click on your e-reader’s icon in the left column.
  3. A listing of the titles on your device will show.
  4. Hold your mouse over the title you wish to delete.
  5. An arrow will appear in front of the name of the title.
  6. Right click on this arrow.  A drop down menu appears.
  7. Click on delete item.
  8. Another box pops us. 
  9. Click delete.


Getting started with your kindle

  1. Click on MY HELP on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click on read e-books.
  3. Click on Amazon Kindle.
  4. Click on View MY Help the orange tab.
  5. Set-up Screen- Click on kindle (the version you have) down on the bottom of the page.
  6. Kindle Store tool bar line- choose MANAGE YOUR KINDLE.
  7. Enter your e-mail address and your password you used to set up your kindle.
  8. Now move on down to #2 under Transferring Kindle Content Via USB.

The above directions (1 - 8)  are needed to get started for the first time.

Henderson County Public Library District is excited to announce that its eBook collection is now compatible with the bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle. Henderson County Public Library cardholders can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or to any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more. The library also continues to offer eBooks and downloadable audiobooks for use on PC and Mac computers, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, audio players, and eBook readers like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader. To get started, visit

Henderson County Public Library offers downloadable book service through Alliance Digital Media Library (ADML), a consortium of more than 60 public libraries in central Illinois. ADML is coordinated by Reaching Across Illinois Library System, a multi-type regional library system, and is a contracted service with OverDrive, Inc., a provider of digital media content.

Kindle users can browse Alliance Digital Media Library’s collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app. Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon’s Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights, and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.

The library is anticipating an increased demand for its eBook collection. It encourages patrons to join waiting lists for titles currently checked out and to take advantage of the Always Available eBooks. Alliance Digital Media Library continues to build its eBook collection and advises patrons to check back often for additional titles.

About Henderson County Public Library

Henderson County Public Library provides current, accurate, high demand, and high interest materials primarily to Henderson County residents by acquiring, organizing and disseminating books, non-print materials, and services that help educate, enrich, entertain, and inform. Henderson County Public Library is committed to the support of a culture of lifelong learning in this community.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. It delivers secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Checking Out Library eBooks for Kindle

  1. Visit Alliance Digital Media Library at
  2. Login to Alliance Digital Media Library by selecting the library which issued your library card and entering your card number (with D, no spaces) and PIN. Call the library at (309) 627-2450 if you do not know your PIN.
  3. Browse and check out a Kindle book.
  4. Click Get for Kindle to open Sign in with your Amazon account if you’re not logged in.
  5. At the Deliver to drop-down option, select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app.


Picture of the Bookmobile

The Bookmobile carries a collection of more than 4,000 items. These holdings include, adult, young adult, and children’s books, audio books, dvds and music cds.

The Bookmobile visits the school district in Henderson County weekly.  It also visits 13 town stops on a biweekly schedule during the school year.

The library runs a summer schedule visiting 14 stops every week.

Bookmobile Schedule
   April 2021
   May 2021
   June 2021
   July 2021
   August 2021

New Material

What's New At The Library!

New Items Purchased
   December 2020
   January 2021
   February 2021
   March 2021

Meeting Room Rental Agreement

The Meeting Room is available at the Henderson County Public Library District for educational, civic, cultural and public information meetings.

The Henderson County Public Library District agrees to provide the use of the Meeting Room to individuals and groups for their use according to the terms and conditions listed below.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The building is a “Smoke Free Area”.  No smoking allowed.

  2. The capacity of the Meeting Room is 50 people.

  3. Use of the kitchen and its items, (tables, chairs, and other items) is allowed but those items must be put back in the same location and condition as they were found.

  4. Trash receptacles are provided for use of the persons renting the Meeting Room and all trash must be bagged and placed outside by the back door.

  5. Any problems with the use of the facility should immediately be reported to the librarian.

  6. Any damage to the Henderson County Public Library Meeting Room, its contents, or property should be immediately reported to the librarian. The renter may be held responsible for any damage or loss of items stolen as a result to the activities held in the Meeting Room.

  7. General janitorial services are provided by the library, but all persons are asked to assist in keeping the location clean and neat. Please leave the area as you found it.

  8. The Henderson County Public Library District, or any individual associated with this institution will not be responsible for any accident, or injury associated with any individual or groups use of the Meeting Room

  9. No alcohol of any kind is allowed in the facility or on the Henderson County Public Library District property.

  10. The rental fee will be $50.00 per usage with $25.00 to be refunded at the time of returning the key and meeting the terms and conditions of this agreement.

  11. The following will be exempt from the rental fee:  community organizations, church groups, organized youth groups, area non-profit organizations.  Any other exceptions will be at the discretion of the librarian and board.

  12. The key should be left on a table in the meeting room when locking up and leaving.

The library has one meeting room available for public use and can be used during or after library hours.

Donation of Books and Materials /Book Sale

The library welcomes your donation of books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials in good condition. Materials given to the library become the property of the library and the library may take any action, including disposition with respect to them. Some materials may be added to the library collection, others may be sold in book sales, with proceeds benefiting the library. Appraisals for the value of donated materials will not be given. Materials may be dropped off at the library anytime during library hours.

A limited amount of books are available for sale by donation along the wall in the Northwest corner of the library. An annual book sale of donation books & books withdrawn from our library is held the last week of September. Contact Library for dates.

Donations of Historical Documents and Photographs

The Henderson County Public Library District is interested in receiving donations of materials documenting the history of towns, villages and townships in Henderson County, and the history of the families that lived here. Material would become part of our local genealogy and local history room.

Memorial Gifts and Donations
A contribution to the Henderson County Public Library District is a wonderful way to honor a friend or family member, to commemorate a birthday, retirement, anniversary, graduation, or to recognize the death of a friend or family member. Library staff are available to help choose appropriate items. Please contact the director at (309)627-2450 or for additional information.

Legal Self-Help Center
The Henderson Circuit Clerk has established a new FREE Henderson County Legal Self-Help Center. The legal self-help center is located at the Henderson County Public Library in Biggsville, IL.  This free online legal self-help center will provide information about your legal problem.

Self-help is when you take a legal dispute to court and you represent yourself. While it is better and easier if you have a lawyer, you do not need to have a lawyer to take your case to court. Some legal matters are simple and if you have the right legal information and forms and you know how the court system works, you can handle the case yourself.

Having a lawyer in court can make a real difference. If you can’t find an attorney to represent you and you need to go to court alone, one of these options might help. Take the time to prepare for your court hearing. Preparation can make a difference in the outcome!
The legal self-help center focuses on:

Anyone can access the basic website for Illinois legal information with your own computer or at the public library and use their public access computers. The internet website is
Wireless Access

The library offers free wireless access for properly equipped laptops and other devices. When you use the wireless service in the library you are accepting the terms and conditions of the library's wireless policy. Please take the time to read the policy before accessing the network.

You may connect for as long as you like. A password is needed; ask at the circulation desk for the password. Public access computers can be used for printing needs.

Please realize that library staff can provide only minimal technical support for your laptop or other device, wireless card and device configuration. The library cannot accept liability for the handling of your equipment. Wireless access is available during regular business hours.