Princeton Public Library is Open FOR BOOK Pick-up!

Princeton Public Library will be CLOSED
on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4,
in observance of Independence Day.

As of Monday June 1, 2020, the Princeton Public Library is fulfilling book and DVD orders, though the main circulation area, study rooms, and the Matson Meeting Room are still closed. The Library Café is open during library hours for carryout beverages only. PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK WHEN ENTERING THE LIBRARY AND CAFÉ.

HOW TO ORDER LIBRARY ITEMS Patrons may place their orders by phone (815) 875-1331, by e-mail (, or by signing into their accounts remotely through the Princeton Public Library Website ( Don’t know exactly what you want? We will be happy to select an assortment of titles for you. Call or e-mail us with authors or genres you enjoy or titles you’ve already read and would like to read “more like that.” If you have children looking for books, let us know their age or grade level/reading ability, what subjects they are interested in, as well as books they have already read and liked.

INTERLIBRARY LOANS Beginning 6/26/20 we will start receiving holds placed on materials from other libraries, however there will be an additional three day delay in order to quarantine all incoming requests before allowing checkout.

PICKING UP ORDERED MATERIALS Once we assemble requests, we will check out the items for the patron and notify them when their order is complete. Staff will schedule a time with the patron to pick up their bag of materials in to the foyer of the library. These bags will be alphabetically organized by the patron’s last name and first initial. 

Monday, Noon to 4pm
Tuesday, 10 am to 2 pm
Wednesday, 3 pm to 7 pm
Thursday, 10 am to 2 pm
Friday, Noon to 4 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm

Starting 7/6/20 patrons will be able to schedule a time for other services. These services include printing, copying, faxing and laminating. Similar to the book and DVD orders, patrons will be able to schedule services by phone or e-mail. We will be extending our hours to 10:00 to 6:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday we will be open 10:00 to 7:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00.

Seven of our public computers will be available for 45 minute sessions, one of which will be dedicated to those in need of completing government documents such as taxes, census, employment, social, financial or health related forms. In order to use this more private PC, let the library staff know when placing the reservation. We also have laptop computers that can be checked out for in-house use. In addition, the library will continue to offer free wi-fi throughout the building and parking area. The library will resume providing copy, fax, and laminating service, but please call ahead to arrange for these.

 The number of patrons allowed in the library will be limited to 10 and everyone will asked to practice social distancing and wear face masks. At this stage we are not allowing users under the age of 16 beyond the cafe. The board continues to prioritize the safety of the staff and the community above all other concerns. They would also like to extend the appreciation to the community for their patience and understanding during this difficult time and will continue to waive all fines through August.​

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