About Us

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. Click here to learn how to get a library card.

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.  [Request forms are available at the front desk].

Reference Desk

If you would like to reserve and item check with staff.  The New York Times bestseller list is on the check out count.  All items available at the East Dubuque District Library are highlighted.

Programs and Events

We have a regular schedule of educational and cultural events for all ages. See our calendar for details.


Junior Patrons are limited to 1 hour per day.  Adults are allowed to use the computors 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 cost:$1.00 for color and 15 cents for black & white.
Fax cost: $1.00 per page to send a fax and 50 cents a page to recieve.

Community/Meeting Room

Call ahead to reserve any of the three spaces available for meetings.  Study Room- 12 persons, Kitchenette -16, Craft Room-9.  Any group wishing to use the Community Room must agree to follow library policies.

Library Policies

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

Behavior in the Library


1. A patron of any age who is talking loudly enough to disturb other patrons, or engaging in any activity which disturbs or harasses other patrons or staff, or is damaging library  materials, technology or facilities will be asked to desist from such activity immediately.
2. If, following such a request, the patron refuses to comply, or responds to the request in an abusive fashion, he or she  will be required to leave the library premises immediately for the remainder of that calendar day. If he or she fails to do so, the police will be called. Each time this occurs it is considered an offense.
3. Upon a third offense, the parton may be required to surrender his or her library card, or be barred from the library premises for a period of not less than one month, or both. 

Circulation Policy

1. There is no limit to the number of items that may be borrowed by a card holder, with the following exceptions:

a. The number of new books a patron can check out may be limited at the discretion of the librarian.
b.  A limit of three items may be checked out by a new card holder, with a maximum of 6 per family. 
  Once it has been established that such a patron is a responsible card holder, there will no longer be a limit imposed. 
c.  Members of families who are habitually a month or more late in returning library materials may be denied library privileges for a time,
or be limited as to the number of books or other materials they can check out at one time.
d. Certain reference and other so designated books and materials are not available for circulation.
e. DVDs and videotapes will be limited to 3 per household during any one circulation period.
2. Renewals can be made in person, over the phone or by e-mail. (Most materials may be renewed unless the item is on the reserve list.)
Materials will be renewed once and after that they must be returned and checked out again if they are needed longer, provided no one is waiting on the material.

Community Room Use

Rules for meeting room use

a. Reservations for the meeting room have to be made by a resident of the library's jurisdictional area.  The Librarian on duty will take care of scheduling.

b.  Minors may use the room but must have a responsible adult present as a chaperone and adults must book the room for minoirs.

c.  Rooms may be booked three months in advance.

d.  Meetings must be held during regular library hours and meetings must end at least 15 minutes before the library closes.

e.  Smoking and alcholoic beverages are not allowed on library property.

f.  Light refreshments such as cookies etc may be served.

g. If a room is not left in good condition and requires clean up by library personnel, a $20. per hour fee will be charged.

h.  All meetings must be open to the public.

(Visit the library to see the complete meeting room policy before reserving a room.)

Study room capacity twelve, Kitchenette capacity sixteen and craft room capacity nine.

Computer/Internet Use

1. Minors 17 years old and younger need parental or guardian permission on file with the library to use the computer. All Internet users, adult and children, must sign an Internet agreement. If 17 years old or younger, he or she must have a parent or guardian sign an Internet agreement for the purpose of allowing the child Internet access. East Dubuque District Library assumes no responsibility for use of the Internet by children.

2. Patrons agree to abide by all copyright and licensing laws. No patron may make unauthorized copies of software through the use of the library’s computers. Any such action will result in the suspension or revocation of computer privileges and legal action may be pursued against patrons violating this policy by the library district or others.

3. Users must SIGN IN with the librarian before each use of the Computer or Internet.
Use of the patron computers by minors (17 years of age and under) is limited to one session, one hour per day. Priority of computer usage may be set by the librarian on duty. Adults may use the computer as long as they wish as long as no one else is waiting. If someone is waiting an adult session will be limited to one hour.

4. Only one person is allowed to use the computer at a time. In some cases, librarians may grant special permission for two people to work together on the computer.

5. Loud, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in the computer area. One warning will be given. If a second warning is necessary, computer privileges will be taken away for one month.    
(To see the library's full computor policy ask any librarian)    

Unattended Children

Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the library.

 The East Dubuque District Library staff is committed to help children with activities related to the library. The library encourages children to come to the library, however, the library cannot, nor is it their responsibility to serve as baby-sitters, teachers or disciplinarians. Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of library privileges. Whenever advisable, the Librarian will notify the parents of incidents involving an unattended child with form in (Appendix S)
 Children under the age of 5 must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or other responsible caregiver. When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or if the library is closing, library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive. Under NO circumstances will the staff be allowed to drive the child home. 

History of the Library

The East Dubuque District Library was formed in 1937 as a WPA project.  It was a city library at that time.  In 1997, the library went to referendum to become a district library.  The referendum passed and more than doubled the population served by the  library.  The library began to serve this new population out of its old and very small building on the corner of Sinsinawa and Wisconsin Avenue.  In September of 2007 the library moved to its temporary location on Wall Street. A year and half later the library again moved.  We now enjoy a permanent home at 122 Wisconsin.  The library currently serves a population of 4459 and has two grade schools and one high school in our district.

Volunteer Opportunities

Talk to Kathy at the library if you are interested in volunteering at the library.  Currently we are only taking high school volunteers who need to fulfill their graduation requirements.

Illinois State Library Services

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