The Oglesby Public Library is proud to have been serving the people of Oglesby since 1920, as a Library District since 1989.

We open six days a week at 10am, but are closed on Sundays and holidays. The following items can be checked out from our library: Books, DVDs, magazines, audio books, CDs, and ebooks.

Is there something you would like to order that we don’t have? Call us or stop in so we can order it for you from another library!

We have six public computers with Internet access that are available in hour long sessions, up to two sessions per day.

We also provide copy and fax services for a small fee.

Please check out our F.A.Q. for more information!

Special Events List

Interested in an upcoming event? Visit, email, or call the library to sign up! 815-883-3619

March Events

Fern Schumer Chapman Program

Thursday, March 12, 5:30-6:30 PM

Award-winning author and journalist, Fern Schumer Chapman, will share the moving story of her journey with her mother to find their past, as well as the horrific tragedy of the Holocaust that haunts it. Her program, Edith’s Immigration Story, details the childhood immigration story of the author's mother, an unaccompanied minor, who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 all by herself.

Puzzle Swap

Saturday, March 21, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Drop off those jigsaw puzzles you've put together one too many times anytime between Monday, March 16th and Friday, March 20th by 4:00 PM. Receive a ticket for each puzzle you donate, and come in Saturday to swap your tickets for some fresh puzzles that are new to you!

National Crayon Day Stories & Activities

Tuesday, March 31, 4:00-7:00 PM

Celebrate your favorite crafty utensil by joining us for a fun evening of coloring with readings by Jeanne Struna at 5:00 PM. We’ve got plenty of supplies to share, so all you have to bring is yourself!

Classic Cinema: Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Saturday, March 14, 1:00-2:30 PM

A wily old Irish codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Tai Chi

Friday, March 13, 10:30-11:30 AM

We are now offering free Tai Chi classes on the 2nd Friday of each month. This is a low-impact exercise program for those aiming to improve muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. Exercises can be adapted for every level of ability. Classes are led by Sandy Marini of IVCH.

Teen Tech

Wednesdays in March, 3:30-6:00 PM

Teen Tech is now working on a local history display for National Library Week in April. The group will also continue to work with our Nikon digital camera, photo & video editing software, Cricut Maker, 3D pens, and 3D printer, all purchased through the Project Next Generation grant. This program is designed for children and teens of middle school age and up.

Regular Events

Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening

Thursday, March 19, 10:30-11:30 AM

Monthly blood pressure and glucose screening provided by nurses from St. Margaret's Hospital on the third Thursday of each month, 10:30-11:30 AM.

Board Meeting

Monday, March 23, 6:30 PM

Regularly scheduled board meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, unless posted otherwise, beginning at 6:30 PM. Meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Container Gardening

Wednesday, April 15, 5:30-6:30 PM

Welcome to the world of container gardening! University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, Natalie Martin, will demonstrate how container gardening allows you to create special gardens to fit any situation, even with limited time and space. Supplies will be provided. There is no cost for this event, but please register at the library by Thursday, April 9th.

Craft Swap

Saturday, April 25, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

It's time to clean out those craft closets again! Drop off your unused art, craft, and sewing materials between Monday, April 20th, and Friday, April 24th at 4:00 PM. Those who donate will receive an early entrance pass to the Craft Swap on Saturday, April 25th, and may enter at 10:00 AM. From 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, the Craft Swap will be open to everyone to pick up free, new-to-you craft supplies. Remaining supplies will be used by the library or donated.

National Library Week - "Find Your Place at the Library"

Monday, April 20 - Saturday, April 25

Our Teen Tech group will be using the different types of technology they've learned recently to put together a display of local history during National Library Week.

Events Calendar

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Fri, January 4, 3pm – 5pm
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, 3-4:45 PM drop off
Saturday, January 5, 2019 pick up
Stuffed animals are invited to a sleepover at the library on the last Friday night of winter break. Drop off your stuffed animal after 3:00 PM. Fill out information about your stuffed pet, and come back Saturday morning to get your pet and find out what he or she did after hours in the library! Look for pictures of your stuffed animal’s adventures on the library’s Facebook page. Please do not bring the stuffed animal you MUST have to fall asleep.

We now have OMNI!

The library now participates in OMNI, a group of 70+ libraries offering Overdrive downloadable books . OMNI has over 31,000 titles available for borrowing. With OMNI you can borrow up to 5 eBooks and/or eAudios at a time with a maximum of 12 per week. To use Omni, click this link https://omnilibraries.overdrive.com/ or download the Libby app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, the easiest way to get started with digital books and audiobooks from your public library. Libby is available for AndroidiOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 10.

To log in simply find the Oglesby Public Library District and enter your card number plus PIN (last four digits of card number)

Library Update – 06/07/2020

As you all know due to COVID-19 the library has been closed since March 13, 2020. At this time the staff and board are working diligently to resume some library services as soon as possible. We will keep you updated via website, Facebook, and newsletter as to which services will be available and when. We understand everyone is anxious for us to re-open, however, we need to assess all safety measures for our staff as well as all our patrons. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing all of you again as soon as possible.

Open Seat on Library Board of Trustees

The Oglesby Public Library Board of Trustees announces they are accepting letters of interest to fill a vacant seat on the Library Board. The new Trustee will serve until 04/2021 at which time they would be eligible to offer their services at the next election. Interested parties are invited to send a Statement of Intent to the attention of Richard Vollmer, Library Board President, in care of Jill Shevokas, Library Director at the Oglesby Public Library, 111 S Woodland Ave, Oglesby, IL 61348. Deadline for submitting a letter of interest is June 19, 2020. Applicants must live in Oglesby, be registered voters and at least 18 years of age. If you have any questions concerning the position of Trustee, please send a message to Jill Shevokas at director@oglesbylibrary.org.

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