Library Services


Circulation Services

The Lawrence Public Library District will lend all circulating materials to cardholders in good standing. 

Electronic Databases

The Lawrence Public Library has the 3M Cloud eBook database through the Illinois Heartland Library System.  A current library card that is free of fines is required to access this database.  The library also has a dedicated computer and printer for the Lawrence County Legal Self-Help Center.  Ancestry Library Edition is accessible only within the library building. See Library Databases for this and others:  Legal Self-Help Center, Chilton Library, Price It! Antiques and Collectibles and World Book Web.

Computer Access

All users must register at the circulation desk.  Before any person is granted use of an internet station, he/she is required to review and sign and Internet Policy and Use Agreement and provide a photo I.D. (Drivers License or state I.D. card).  Internet users under the age of 18 must have a signed authorization by a parent or guardian. Printing charges are $0.10 per black and white page and $0.50 for color.   Free WiFi connection is available inside the library; ask staff for assistance.

Youth and Teen Services

The Summer Reading Program is held every week in June and July.  These hour-long shows provide lively entertainment for children of all ages up to 12 years of age.  The Friends of the Library  and the library bring a variety of acts to the stage:  jugglers, magicians, musicians, live exotic animals, puppets and storytellers.  Children are encouraged to read 15 minutes each day and keep reading logs to earn prizes.  See Summer Reading Program  for details.  Teen programs vary throughout the year.

Reference / Genealogy  Assistance

The staff will  assist you in finding a specific document or piece of information.  Obituary and other genealogy search requests should be submitted to the library in writing (e-mails are acceptable).  There is a minimum charge of $8.00 per written request to cover staff time and copying.

Adult Services

The book club meets on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   Call the library for more information. New members are encouraged to attend.  Adult programs are offered September through April and include author visits and book signings, music and educational topics.

Community Spaces in the Library

A reading area and reference room are open whenever the library is.  A small meeting room is available upon request.  The basement community room may also be reserved by any community organization.

Other Services

The library provides the following for a fee: photocopying $0.25 per page or $0.50 for color; laminating $0.25 for a business card and $0.50 for letter size; scanning, $0.25 per page, and faxing $1.00 plus $0.25 per page (send only).