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About us

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.

Key information

Freeport Public Library
100 East Douglas Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-233-3000
Fax: 815-297-8236


Monday – Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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.