Library Services for Adults

Online Services

The Putnam County Libraries have a variety of online services for our patrons to browse for physical and digital items.

  • Encore provides patrons to order items from our library branches or from other libraries we are connected to through PrairieCat.
  • EreadIllinois allows patrons to check out Ebooks to read through your ereaders such as kindle, android devices, and nook. We use Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 for EreadIllinois. Check out their YouTube page here to see how to use EreadIllinois services.
  • Overdrive allows you to read ebooks and audiobooks for free with your library card using Apple products, Google play devices, and Microsoft products. They also have a second application that does the same as overdrive with a new look named Libby. Check out their YouTube page here to see how to use Overdrive.
  • Hoopla Digital allows you to check out audiobooks, ebooks, movies, music, comics, and television shows without being on a hold list. There is a 10 item checkout limit each month that resets at the first of the month. Check out their YouTube page here to see how to use Hoopla Digital.
  • Wowbrary allows you to see what is the newest items in your library added every week through your email. Enter your zip code, your library, and your email and you’ll be receiving emails weekly every Saturday morning. Check out their YouTube page here to see how to use Wowbrary.
  • BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to 400,000 avid readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries. Founded in 1988 and located in Nashville, Tennessee, BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. All of the content from the print edition is posted on BookPage.com each month. We have magazines available at each branch free to all patrons. Discover author reviews, interviews, and much more on their YouTube page here.
  • Kanopy stream films anytime, anywhere on your preferred devices free for you brought to you by your library. Over 30,000 films entirely free for you. Check out their YouTube page here to see how to use Kanopy.

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.

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.

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. In each of the six Putnam County Libraries you can find a collection of books and DVDs just for teens and young adults. Popular series books, like Hunger Games, Pretty Little Liars and Harry Potter, to standalone titles like Scorpio Races, Going Bovine, and I am the Messenger and popular authors, like John Green, P. C. Cast, and Libba Bray…all waiting to be read. Browse our DVD collection — horror, comedy, documentary, thriller, and 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.

Other Services

E-books & Audiobook Downloads

In addition to the Library’s physical collection, the Putnam County Public Library District now offers over 2,000 e-books and audiobooks available for teens 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!

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.

Studying for a school project? We can help! While we can’t actually do your homework, we can find you a plethora of resources to aid you in your study. Call or stop in at any of the six Putnam County Libraries for reference assistance. Just curious? Looking for information about your community, country, or continent? We are waiting to find the answer…what is your question?

Public Computer Access & Wireless Internet

Public computers and access to the internet are available at all six Putnam County Libraries for entertainment and educational use. Wireless internet access is available at the Hennepin and Granville branches.

The public computers offer access to the Microsoft Office 2010; 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.

All teens under the age of 18 must have a computer and internet use agreement signed by a parent or guardian on file at the library.

If you have any questions regarding computer access or capabilities, please call the Library 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. All teens under the age of 18 will need a parent signature on their application.

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

Notary

A notary is a person licensed by the government to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents. The form that the notarial profession takes varies with local legal systems. Our Notary service is free of charge by appointment only. Please call ahead.

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