Library Services

Library Services for Adults

Download e-books, use public computers, and enjoy informational and entertaining programs at the Putnam County Public Library District. Looking for information? Stop in at any of the six library locations for access to books, audiobooks, movies, magazines, newspapers and more! Read more…

Library Services for Teens & Young Adults

Inside your library…there is an adventure waiting to happen, a mystery ready to be solved, a story eager to be told — the key to it all starting is you. Read more…

Young Readers

Libraries have everything from A to Z! Join us at the six library locations for access to a diverse children’s collection, educational and entertaining DVDs, exciting children’s programming and more! Use the interactive e-book library, or access fun, educational websites for public computers. Read more…

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.

Library Collections

As a patron of the Putnam County Public Library District, you can access the collections at any of the six Putnam County Libraries, as well as the collections of libraries throughout the state and beyond. With your library card you can check out books, audiobooks, movies, music, large print editions, electronic resources, maps, periodicals, games and more! 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.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Need help using the catalog? Call the Library at (815) 925-7020 for assistance.

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…

Local History

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.

Computer Access

Public computers and access to the internet are available at all six Putnam County libraries. Internal wireless internet access also is available at the Hennepin and Granville branches. The public computers offer access to the Microsoft Office Suite, which includes WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS, POWERPOINT, and PUBLISHER.

Use of the computers is free, with time periods of 1 hour increments if other patrons are not waiting to use the computers. Printing fees are posted at each location.

All computer users must accept the Computer Use and Internet Use agreements. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult to use library computers. All children under the age of 18 must have a computer and internet use agreement signed by a parent or guardian on file at the library.

No files may be saved to the hard drive, and patrons are encouraged to use their own discs or USB drives if files need to be saved.

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


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By Appointment please call the Library at (815) 925 -7020