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Why every Peorian should have a library card, from Peoria Public Library's Jennifer Davis

Peoria Public Library's Main branch
Peoria Public Library website
Peoria Public Library's Main branch

Here’s a few reasons why every Peorian should have a library card:

  • We’re Fine Free!
  • With free access to literally millions of books, movies, music, online courses and more, you can binge us to your heart’s content.
  • Our virtual library alone has millions of titles, and two amazing streaming service: hoopla and Kanopy. Hoopla has just started offering MasterClass and Kanopy has The Great Courses.
  • Our collection is worth millions, but it’s our staff that’s priceless. As author Neil Gaiman has said, “Google will bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian will bring you back the right one.”
  • Free concerts every month at North Branch, part of our Music in the McKenzie series.
  • More than 100 programs every month across our five locations.
  • Curbside pickup and home delivery.
  • Free Wi-Fi and public computers.
  • Reserve our rooms for free for group meetings or solo study.
  • Pick up a free family pass to visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum by showing your library card.
  • Explore More Illinois also gets you discounted and free passes to attractions across Illinois with your library card.
  • Inter-Library loan means if we don’t have something, we will get it for you – at no cost to you.
  • Finally, there’s never any charge or expectation that you spend money with us.

For more information on how to get a library card and the services the Peoria Public Library offers visit their website.

Jody Holtz is WCBU's assistant development director, assistant program director, host of WCBU's newsmagazine All Things Peoria and producer of WCBU’s arts and culture podcast Out and About.