Registration Requirements
Use of Materials
Inter-library Loan
Text message alerts
Equipment and Services
Tax Forms
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Donations of Historical Documents and Photographs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 District adult cardholders to access discount offers from museums, cultural centers, and other attractions. choose Henderson County Public Library District 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:

If you are not from Henderson County, once you obtain your library card from your home library you are then welcome to use your card at our library. 

Non-resident cards are available for a fee (23 Ill. Admin. Code 3050.60). “Non-resident” means an individual residing in Illinois who does not have his or her principal residence within the territory of a public library service area.  

Online Catalog

Use of Materials

The RSAcat 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.

To select an item to checkout come to the library or bookmobile, call, email or use the online catalog. If the item is not available a hold can be placed by you or library staff. Once the item is available the patron will be notified by email, text, or a phone call.

Your Library card includes borrowing privileges at all libraries in Illinois.

Items are checked out for 2 weeks and can be renewed 1 additional time. If there is a hold on the item, the patron will need to return the item and a new hold placed for a later date.

There is a 5-cent a day fine for overdue materials. Fines can accumulate up to a maximum of $5.00 per item. 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.

The charge to replace a lost Library card is $1.00. All library materials borrowed are the responsibility of the library patron. The replacement price will 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.

If 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 District 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 District 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

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. 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Warren County United Way and Ronald & Cassandra Shawler Memorial Library Presents Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of Warren County Area Communities are eligible --- this includes Henderson County.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could™. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. Best of all it is a FREE GIFT! There is no cost or obligation to your family. Contact Henderson County Public Library to get an official registration form to be completely filled out by parent or guardian. Turn the form in at Henderson County Public Library and we will forward it on to Warren County United Way for approval.


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
   December 2021
   January 2022
   February 2022
   March 2022

New Item Purchased

What's New At The Library!

   September 2021
   October 2021
   November 2021
   December 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 per usage will be $25.00 to be refunded at the time of returning the key and meeting the terms and conditions of this agreement.
  11. The key should be left on a table in the meeting room counter when locking up and leaving.

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

.  Seating capacity:                chairs;                 tables:               Requesting Number    _____

.  Floor capacity for 50 people

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.

Memorials / Gifts / 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

Illinois Legal Aid

Even the playing field for people who can't afford a lawyer. Where would you go if the lawyer was out of reach? 

Get legal help is a tool to guide you to the best available service or resource. To give you the best referrals, we will ask you questions about your legal problem, your location or the location of your legal problem, and your income.
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.