Adult Services

Books, audiobooks, movies, and more!

Stop in at any of the six Putnam County Libraries to browse a wide selection of materials available from a variety of genres, including popular fiction and non-fiction titles. From hardcover and paperback books, to large print titles and audiobooks on CD, there is just the right format for everyone! Browse our DVD collection — horror, comedy, documentary, thriller, and much more! As a patron of the Putnam County Public Library District, you can also access the collections of libraries throughout the state and beyond. Looking for a specific subject, title, or author? You can access the online library catalog, PrairieCat, anytime to find the title you are looking for.

Not sure which book to read next? Need an idea for a good movie? Ask us! We’re happy to help you find just the right book or movie you are looking for.

E-books & Audiobook Downloads

In addition to the Library’s physical collection, the Putnam County Public Library District now offers e-books and audiobooks available via download for a variety of e-book readers and listening devices.

You can access this library resource anytime from your home computer or mobile device – just download the free software provided for your specific device and you are ready to access the Library’s electronic collection! Read more…

Have a question? Ask a Librarian!

Looking for information on a specific topic? Ask us! Call or stop in at any of the six Putnam County libraries for reference assistance. From finding a phone number, to determining currency conversions, obtaining a map for your next destination, to locating places in your family tree, we are ready to help answer your question.

Local History & Genealogy

Both Putnam County and the Putnam County Public Library District are rich in history and historical significance. The Library’s collection contains many documents, images, and files from and about the past available for patrons to use at the library. Each branch library has collection of materials unique to its community, as well as historical information on Putnam County. There are many genealogy resources online that can be accessed from public computers at each library branch.

Public Computer Access & Wireless Internet

Public computers and access to the internet are available at all six Putnam County libraries. Wireless internet access also is available at the Hennepin and Granville branches. The public computers offer access to the Microsoft Office 2010, which includes WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS, POWERPOINT, and PUBLISHER. Use of the computers is free, with printing fees posted at each location. All computer users must accept the Computer Use and Internet Use agreements. Patrons are encouraged to use their own discs or USB drives if files need to be saved, as cannot be saved to the hard drive.

If you have any questions regarding computer access or capabilities, please call us at (815) 925-7020.

Apply for a Library Card

All residents of Putnam County are eligible for a Putnam County Public Library District library card. You can apply for a card at any of the six Putnam County libraries and will need to have a form of identification with you when you apply. Your application will be processed and we will notify you when your library card is available.

Out-of-district patrons — patrons residing outside of Putnam County — may purchase a library card if the Putnam County High School is their closest high school district. There is an annual fee of $78 for out-of-district library cards.

Please feel free to call or stop in at any of the Putnam County Public Libraries to ask about applying for a library card.