Our Mission: to be the Community's Center for Information, Recreation, and Lifelong Learning
For over a century, the Freeport Public Library has provided a centralized meeting place and vital resources that help Freeport's citizens learn and grow. Here's a timeline of significant events:
1874: The Young Men's Library Association, located downtown, opened its doors with a 250-book collection. Miss Winifred Taylor was the inspiring teacher who led the way.
1889: The Library was formally adopted by the City, and the first Library Board was appointed.
1890: The library moved to the first YMCA building on Walnut Street.
1902: The Carnegie Library opened on Stephenson Street, often mentioned as being among the first Carnegie libraries in Illinois.
1905: The Freeport Public Library was designated a Federal Depository Library.
1924: By the library's 50th birthday in 1924 it had 43,170 books, a circulation of 91,559 book loans, and 1,259 residents had library cards.
1928: A branch library at the John W. Henney School was established. In the first year it served 700 borrowers. It continued in use until 1971.
1952: Music circulation began with a collection of records and albums, which later switched to cassettes and then CDs.
1959: Microfilming began of Freeport newspapers.
1960: Extensive remodeling of the Carnegie Library was initiated.
1964: Freeport Public Library became a charter member of the Northern Illinois Library System.
1974: Book deliveries to the homebound began, starting a popular community service.
1991: Planning began for a 21st century building that would serve Freeport's citizens for the next 100 years.
2002: Ground was broken at our current location.
2003: Doors opened at our current location.
2003: Ten computers were available for public use when the new building opened its doors.
2011: The One Book, One Freeport program was initiated using Playing with the Enemy as the selected title.
2011: Downloadable eBooks were made available to library card holders.
Freeport Public Library
100 East Douglas Street
Freeport, IL 61032
9:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Labor Day Memorial Day
1:00 p.m. 4 p.m. (No Sunday hours in the summer)
We encourage you to get a library card if you do not already have one. It gives you access to books, movies, music, reference material, and much, much more.