Parlin Ingersoll Public Library   Parlin Ingersoll Public Library


Adult Services & Events

Library Cards | Computer Policies | Circulation Policies | Local History and Genealogy
Adult Seating Area | Movies and Music Area | Calendar of Events

1.) Library Cards

City of Canton Residents : Any resident of the City of Canton is eligible for a Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library card. These cards are valid for three years. Applicants must present two forms of identification: 1.) An unexpired driver’s license or a current State of Illinois photographic I.D.; plus 2.) A proof-of-residency document, which provides the applicant’s current address. Examples of proof-of-residency documents include, but are not limited to, a current phone, water, cable or power bill, dated within the last month.

Canton School District Residents: As a general rule, any resident of the Canton school district who lives outside the Canton city limits may obtain a non-resident card from the library, which is valid for one year. Individuals must present the aforementioned forms of identification as well. The only exception to this general rule concerns Dunfermline residents, who are members of the Lewistown public library district. They must obtain their cards from Lewistown. Non-resident card holders have the same privileges as resident card holders. Resident and non-resident card holders may use their Canton library card at other participating public libraries throughout Illinois.

Reciprocal Borrowers: By state law, the Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library is restricted from issuing any type of library card to individuals who reside outside of Canton school district boundaries. However, these individuals may obtain a resident card from their home library or a non-resident card from their nearest authorized public library. These cards are honored at the Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library. Individuals wishing to use the Canton library on a reciprocal basis must present their unexpired resident or non-resident library card, plus a valid proof-of-residency document and photo identification as listed above, when applying for borrowing privileges at the Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library.

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2.) Computer Policies      Computers

Adults 17 and over may use library computers after first presenting a valid library card. Any individual without a library card may use the Internet as a guest, upon presentation of an unexpired driver's license. As a general rule, residents of Fulton County will be required to obtain a library card at their home library if they intend to use the Internet on a regular basis. All users must abide by the library's Internet Use Agreement.

Use of chat or instant messenger services is not generally permitted. Multi-user game playing is limited to select computers. Library computers may not be used to access pornographic or sexually explicit materials or Websites encouraging or promoting violence or hatred against any individual or group of individuals. Gambling sites are also prohibited.

Besides offering Internet access, the library’s public access computers provide a number of productivity tools, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Printers are available for public use. All black and white prints will cost $0.15 cents per sheet. All color prints will cost $0.30 cents per sheet.

Individuals may use the computer up to one hour per day. Users may schedule the computers up to one week in advance over the telephone or on a walk-in basis.

The library offers wireless access during library hours.

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3.) General Circulation Policies:

Checkout Limits: On the first day an individual applies for a library card, whether resident, non-resident or reciprocal, they are limited to three items, only one of which may be in video format. Afterwards, the following loan limits apply:

Type of Material

Checkout Length

Maximum Number Daily
Overdue Fee
Adult Books
21 Days
20
$0.15
New Adult Fiction
14 days
20
$0.15
Books-on-tape or CD
21 days
5
$0.15
Musical CDs
14 days
5
$0.15
Magazines
21 days
8
$0.15
DVDs
7 days
4
$0.50
Videotapes
7 days
5
$0.50

Reserves and Renewals: Individuals may place reserves on most items in the collection, with the notable exception of DVDs and VHS videocassettes. PhotoIndividuals are encouraged to place their own reserves and renewals either over the Internet or through one of the library’s public access terminals. Library staff members are available to assist individuals in placing their reserves and renewals as well. Items can be renewed twice unless another individual has already placed a reserve on the item.

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4.) Local History and Genealogy:

The library houses the collection of the Fulton County Historical Society. This collection contains unique local history documents as well as family histories and genealogy research materials. None of these materials are cataloged and they are available for use only at the library. The library has a substantial local history collection for in-house use or circulation, as well.

A microfilm reader-printer located in the “Genealogy” section is available for individuals wishing to use the large collection of Canton and Fulton County newspapers and state census records, which are available on microfilm. The library will order microfilm of other Illinois newspapers through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library for any library card holder. There is no charge for this service, but the film must be used within the library. As a general rule, individuals are limited to five individual microfilm requests at one time. However, additional limits are placed on individuals using the service on a frequent basis.

The library does accept genealogy requests by postal mail or e-mail to parlin@parliningersoll.org. Requests for obituaries must include an exact death date and place of death. There is a charge of $10.00 for every search. Please send your payment with your request. For more information please contact the library.

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5.) Adult Seating Areas: Photo

The library has three distinct reading areas available for public use by adults. The Quiet Reading Room is located in the far northwest corner of the library. This is the one area of the library where strict quiet is enforced. In other sections of the library, quiet conversation is permitted. The Quiet Reading Room features seven beautiful stained glass panels that were salvaged from the old city building, which served as the original Parlin Public Library from 1896 through 1958. These stained glass windows were refurnished through the efforts and financial support of Board President James Elson. The Quiet Reading Room also features a working electrical fire place and an antique school house clock, which is dedicated to the memory of Edd Lowe, general contractor for the 2004 addition.

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A coffee area with bistro-style seating is located in the northeast section of the adult shelving area. Covered drinks are permitted in this and a few other select areas of the library. An additional seating area is located within the general adult book stack area.

 

 

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6.) Movies and Music Area:

The library offers a large collection of musical CDs and theatrical and non-fiction films in DVD and/or VHS videocassette format. The library provides a select assortment of new releases as well as an extensive collection of classic titles that are historically relevant and/or perennially popular.

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205 West Chestnut, Canton, Illinois 61520-2499  °  Phone: 309-647-0328  °  FAX: 309-647-8117  °   parlin@parliningersoll.org

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