Parlin Ingersoll Public Library   Parlin Ingersoll Public Library

General Information

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  • Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Year round)
  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Year round)
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Summer hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Closed Sundays


The library is located at 205 West Chestnut, Canton, Illinois. It is at the corner of Avenue B and Chestnut. This is two blocks west and one block south from the junction of Ill. Rt. 78 (Main Street) and Ill. Rt. 9 (Locust)

Library Cards

Any resident of Canton, Illinois, is eligible for a library card. Please bring in a current Driver's license or photo I.D. and a proof of address such as a recent bill. Residents of other library districts may also use our library. Please bring your current library card and a Driver's license.

Adult policy page | Children's policy page


  • 79,000 books and paperbacks
  • 4,600 audiobooks
  • 5,900 DVD movies
  • 4,850 musical CDs
  • 4,165 downloadable eBooks and eAudios through Alliance Digital Media Library
  • 100+ magazines in-house

Computer Services

  • 11 PCs with public Internet access, word processing, and other office applications
  • 2 PCs for educational CD-ROM games
  • Wireless access
    The library offers wireless access during library hours.

Adult policy page: computer services | Children's policy page: computer services

All users must abide by the library's Internet/Computer Use agreement. Children not yet in high school must have a parent/guardian signature on file. Children below 5th grade must be accompanied by an adult when on Internet machines. In accordance with CIPA regulations filtering is installed on all computers. Persons 17 years of age and older may request filtering be removed provided their use complies with the library policies stated in the Internet/Computer Use Agreement.

Reference Services

Reference Services are provided in-house during normal hours. Requests and comments can also be sent via e-mail to Parlin-Ingersoll Library.

Other Services

  • Microfilm Reader/Printer with local newspapers back to 1850s
  • Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Outreach Services for homebound delivery within Canton city limits
  • The library houses the collection of the Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society
  • The library will proctor tests on an individual basis for a fee of $15 per appointment


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Download the form in Word or PDF format. Ask at the circulation desk for more details.

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205 West Chestnut, Canton, Illinois 61520-2499  °  Phone: 309-647-0328  °  FAX: 309-647-8117  °

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