About Us

Library Director - Elizabeth Swatos

Library Aides - Tara Miller

                        Jane Mathis

                        Deb Schrader

For announcements and current happenings, see Library News.

Our Services for You

Your Library Card

Library cards are provided free of charge to all residents of our district, as part of your tax-supported library services. Your card gives you borrowing privileges here and at most public libraries in Illinois, access to special online resources, and more.

NON-RESIDENT CARDS:  This library is supported by a tax levy through the City of Prophetstown. We are a "city library." If you live outside of the city limits of Prophetstown, but somewhere in the Prophetstown, Lyndon, Tampico school district, then we are very happy to serve you too. However, by state law, to make it fair with the city residents who have had to pay their taxes for the library, the non-resident families are charged $50 for a yearly membership. This fee is equal to what an average family pays in library taxes.

Non-Resident Students: Non-resident students attending schools of the school district based within the library's service area may purchase a student card for $10.00 under the stipulation that such card is used only by that student. (Card may not be used by other family members) The cards will be good for one (1) calendar year and do not allow for use of reciprocal borrowing or system privileges as stated in the State Law regulations.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book, DVD, or other item that we don't have, ask us to borrow it from another library for you.  [Insert ILL details here].


We have 5 public workstations on the Internet. You may call the library to see if one of them is available. You are allowed one hour, longer if no one is waiting. Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.

Photocopiers and Fax Machine

Copies in black and white are 15 cents per page. Copies in color are from 25 - 50 cents, depending on the librarians evaluation of how much color was used.

The fax machine is $3.00 for the first page and $1 for each additional page.

Community/Meeting Room

Our meeting room in the lower level holds up to 45 people. It can be reserved for meetings by registering the event with the librarian. The charge is $15 and the room must be left as it was found. Nonprofits do not pay.

Library Policies

Below are some of the policies about the public's use of the library.

Behavior in the Library

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Circulation Policy

Library Material Rental and Use:

     All materials are loaned for three (3) weeks unless otherwise indicated and may be renewed once if not overdue.

Fines for overdue or lost materials:


        1) Ten (10) cents daily for each overdue book

        2) Overdue notice will be sent ten (10) days after due date

        3) Bill for overdue book will be sent twenty-seven (27) days after due date

        4) Collection notice will be sent forty-five (45) days after due date

        5) Replacement costs plus $1.00 will be charged for lost or damaged books.

Procedural action for return of materials past due over forty-five (45) days

    A) A Board authorized form letter will be sent by librarian

    B) If no response from board letter

        1) If value of material is at $50 or above - collection will be turned over to police as per city ordinance

        2) If value of material is at less than $50

            a) If advisable a visit by board member

            b) If a board member visit is unsuccessful, collection turned over to police as per city ordinance

    C) If materials are not returned and/or fine paid

        1) Patron and immediate family restricted from checking out additional material

        2) Librarian will retain record to a limit of seven (7) years

    D) If materials are returned/replaced and fine is paid

        1) As a result of board letter - patron in good standing

        2) As a result of action past board letter - patron on probationary standing


Community Room Use

The Library has a meeting room with seating for 40. The primary purpose of this meeting room is in support of library functions, meetings and programs. The meeting room may, on occasion, be made available for use by members of the public for a fee of $15 per event. Only the meeting room and the restrooms are included in the rental. Organizations not affiliated with the library may use the meeting room only when the following conditions are met:

If the meeting does not take place during regular library hours arrangements must be made with trustees or library personnel for access.

The library reserves the right to require staff to be present at the expense of the renter.

The meeting will not be allowed to disrupt the ability of the library to conduct its business in a normal and orderly manner.

The reservation for the meeting room is made by an adult (over 21).

The meeting room is left in the same clean, orderly fashion in which it is found at the beginning of the meeting.

The renter assumes all responsibility for set up, clean up, and any damages done.

One adult supervisor will be provided for every 10 children.

Computer/Internet Use

A. Scheduling and use:

    1. Each person who uses a computer must have an Internet Authorization Form on file. You need to read and understand both sides of this paper and then sign it. Adults sign for themselves; minors, age 10 through 17, must sign and have a parent signature as well. No one under age 10 may use the computers/Internet without a parent sitting beside them. Note: This library does not use filtering software on the computers and it is up to the parents to discuss the pros and cons of what is found on the Internet with the child.

    2. Computers are available on a first come basis. Reservations may be made ahead, but will only be held for 10 minutes if the user is late.

    3. Each turn on the computer is for up to one hour. Users may stay on longer if no one is waiting. When the hour is up, the one using the computer must sign off quickly if someone is waiting. Patrons may return later for a second turn but will need to give the computer up quickly if a new person needs to use it. The librarian on duty may grant exceptions to these limits for anyone working on research and/or school projects.

    4. Printing from the computers is 15 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents for color.

    5. The library is not responsible for any lost data. All data is lost each time the computer is turned off.

    6. Proper care must be exercised in the use of our equipment.

    7. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

B. Authorization for Internet Access

All use of the Internet shall be consistent with library policies. Failure to follow the terms and intent of the authorization will result in permanent loss of privileges. The signatures on the Internet Use Agreement are binding and indicate that the signatory has read the terms and conditions carefully and understands their significance.

Terms and Conditions

    1. Acceptable use - Access to the Internet must be for the purpose of education and be consistent with the goals of the state library. Recreational use of the Internet is allowed, but the following uses are unacceptable:

        a. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material.

        b. Downloading copyrighted material for other than personal use.

        c. Downloading anything that would compromise the library computers with a virus.

    2. Library etiquette -

        a. Be polite. Use appropriate language.

        b. Use headphones and keep volume at a level that does not bother others near you.

    3. No warranties - The library is not responsible for any damages you suffer from what you do on the Internet. The library is merely providing equipment and Internet service. Use information obtained on the Internet at your own risk!



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Unattended Children

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History of the Library


Henry C. Adams Memorial Library
Henry C. Adams was a native of Prophetstown, a graduate of the high school class of 1888. He attended business college and later worked in a lithograph shop in Chicago. He also attended law school at night. He was admitted to the bar in 1901. He joined a law firm, married a Prophetstown girl, Minnie Warner, and they lived in Chicago for eight years.
Meanwhile, his brother Fred, in Prophetstown, had invented the first self-sharpening reel lawnmower, which he named the Eclipse. Henry decided to return to his hometown and join Fred in the lawnmower business. It became very successful with Fred managing the manufacturing end and Henry handling the office and sales. It grew to the point where Eclipse mowers were sold in every state in the United States. Later, Eclipse was among the first companies producing power mowers. At its high point, the Eclipse Company put a million dollars per year into the Prophetstown economy, employing 370 people.
Henry also had other interests in Prophetstown, serving as the mayor for 12 years, seeing to the construction of the City Hall, and operating the Adams Garage. Unfortunately, at the age of 56, he passed away suddenly from pneumonia.
Henry’s wife Minnie, his daughter Florence Adams Roth, and his sons John and Robert, wished to establish a lasting memorial to Henry by presenting Prophetstown with a library bearing his name. The construction began in 1928 and was completed the next year. On May 7, 1929, Mrs. Adams made the presentation to Mayor George S. Brydia on behalf of herself and the family. It was built at a cost of $40,000. The library would be supported by the city through a yearly tax levy.

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Job Openings

Our job openings are posted on the Prairie Area Library System website.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Illinois State Library Services

The Illinois State Library provides you with services directly, through us, and in cooperation with other agencies.