Library Services for Adults

e-Card Application

Apply by emailing us at You will need your name, street address, phone or email, photo ID, & proof of residence.

Or download the Prairiecat Mobile App either at Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Where you can access all of our online databases, scan items without going to the front desk, search items, see what you’ve checked out and what you have on hold, and much more on one app.

In House Services

We do Notary services. A person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.

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 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.
  • Transparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities.
  • Explore More Illinois. Gain access to museums across the state.  Youtube video
  • PrairieCat App. The Prairiecat Mobile App is free for all patrons to their mobile devices. You can access through Google Play or Apple’s app stores. You are able to access your libraries databases and self-checkout.
  • Masterclass Use your mobile, desktop, or smart TV to access online classes taught by the best in business, culinary arts, film & television, music, & entertainment, photography, sports, and more. Start learning here. This is a no cost annual membership ($180 value) free to our patrons. Please call the Hennepin Library to sign up for MasterClass. Hennepin Phone Number is 815-925-7020. Call only during the week. Please do not call any of the other library branches to sign up for MasterClass. Youtube Channel
  • is a suite of resources – available to everyone in Illinois at no charge – that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.
  • Biblioboard Create.  Share. Discover. local content using our community engagement tools in your library.
  • Library Edition provides a network of genealogical, historical records, and related genetic genealogy websites. Temporarily patrons have access with their library card on PrairieCat’s Encore website until the end of the year. You can access it under the account and there will be a link under your messages that will take you to Ancestry Library Edition. After the New Year Ancestry may extend the access or revert back to Library in-house use only. Step by step Guide

Library of Congress Apps

Check out apps for your devices from the Library of Congress. All information can be found on their website:

LOC Collections: Explore the Library of Congress digital collections. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Use LOC Collections to access iconic photos, historic maps, books, films, newspapers, manuscripts & sound recordings. Get on your iPhone or iPad

The Congressional Record: Read the daily edition of the Congressional Record on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The Congressional Record App is presented by the Library of Congress using data provided by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, and the Government Printing Office. Get for your iPhone or iPad

Aesop for Children: The Aesop for Children interactive book is designed to be enjoyed by readers of any age. The book contains over 140 classic fables, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and interactive animations. Get the app for iPhone or iPad, Android, or download on Google Play.

National Book Festival: Get the most out of the Library of Congress National Book Festival with this full-featured Festival App. Navigate author talks and presentations, and share the excitement of the day via your own personal social media. Get on your iPhone or iPad, Android, or use the web version of the app.

BARD Mobile: The BARD Mobile app is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, that provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). BARD contains tens of thousands of books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily. Get on your iPhone or iPad, Android device, or download from Amazon.

Internet Services

Book Recommendations





Putnam County Villages

Florid (Facebook Page)


Hennepin (County Seat)

Lake Thunderbird




Magnolia (Facebook Page)

Mount Palatine (Facebook Page)

Putnam (Facebook Page)

Standard (Facebook Page)



Putnam County School District #535

Henry Senachine Community Unit District #5

St. Bede Academy

Illinois Valley Community College


Putnam County Government Resources

Putnam County Government

Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall County Health Department



Local Historical Groups

Putnam County Historical Society

Magnolia Township Preservation Association



Putnam County Conservation District

The Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

Hennepin Park District

Starved Rock

Matthiessen State Park


Personal Help Links

Freedom House

Youth Services Bureau of Illinois Valley

Putnam County Community Center



Illinois Court Help



Daughters of the American Revolution