Mon, Wed, Fri

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tues & Thurs

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

​Closed Sat & Sun



P:  618.586.5317  E:  palestinelibrary@hotmail.com  F:  618.586.9711


Holiday Closings for 2017​​

Friday & Monday, December 22 & 25  -Christmas Break

Holiday Closings for 2018

Monday, January 1  -New Year’s Day

Policies and Procedures

Checkout, Reserve and Renewal:

Any patron may borrow up to 10 books, magazines or comic/graphic novel; 5 DVDs/Audios/Kits/Puzzles. Reference materials may not be checked out. Library materials are subject to recall for operational reasons.

Books, magazines and comic/graphic novels may be retained for two weeks and are subject to renewal unless the item is on the Reserve List. DVDs/Audios/Kits/Puzzles may be retained for one week. Special needs of patrons for extended loans will be considered. Books may be renewed by phone for one renewal only.

Any patron may reserve materials by consulting the library staff. Patrons should pick up reserve books within 7 days of notice, except for Interlibrary loan books which should be picked up within 2 days. Books for which there are waiting lists cannot be renewed.

05.  Financial Growth and Stability

The library aims to help the community reach its full potential.  Searching for grants to draw monies into the region is an ongoing goal.  The library also aims to help small businesses through our Small Business Computer Workshops.

04.  Health and Fitness

Programs dedicated to teaching Nutrition and Fitness are ongoing.  Professionals and community members have been brought in to guide members in suggested healthy habits for life.  Weight loss not being the main focus, but the positive 'side-effect' of a healthy lifestyle.

03. Technology

An increasingly popular area of the library is our Computer Technology Center.  Staff strives to stay up to date on technology to aid patrons in their various needs.

​Computer Classes are held regularly to teach a wide variety of skills.  These workshops have focused on the basics and gone into the professional field of the small business.

02.  Entertainment, Reflection and Expression

Various materials are purchased to add to the artistic, spiritual, emotional needs of the community.  The library offers workshops that support these efforts.  Artwork is a prominent feature at the facility and has been loaned out for Gallery Exhibits at the Palestine Art Guild in the past.  Chris Rund, formerly employed by Indiana Railroad, is one such artist with many works on display.  Local artists are asked to display works periodically.

01.  Education/Grant Writing resume writer/ grant writer

The library seeks to encourage a broad range of information to further the ability of its patrons to deepen their knowledge base.

  • Programs during the summer are held to encourage reading during summer months.  
  • ​Programs during the school year seek to stretch students beyond their schooling.
  • Grant writing aid is also available at the library.  Please call to schedule an appointment.
  • ​Non-traditional education support at our Computer Technology Center
  • Private Room with Proctor for online tests 

Palestine Public Library District Library Staff and Goals

Nita Stone, Librarian

Nita was born in Robinson and currently lives within walking distance to the library with her husband Jim.  She is our newest member and fits right in with her many years with working with the public and in office settings.

Jessica Spinner, Child's Librarian

Jessica was born in Palestine, IL and has lived here all her life.  She is in charge of the popular Li'l Ones Story Hour held weekly on Tuesdays from 11-12 noon.

​Kristen McCormack, Assistant Director

Kristen was born in Oblong, IL and attended Lincoln Trail College.  Working as a bank loan secretary and bookeeping helps her in her current position at the library as a cataloger.  Married to Michael, they have two children; Alex and Kaden.

Laurel Adams, Director

Laurel was born in Loveland, CO and attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  After marrying Ron and moving to Palestine, she helped raise their two children Karina and Oskar while working at New Hebron Christian School as an art/computer teacher and also working at Palestine Public Library.

She was hired as Director on May 7, 2012.


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