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

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

​Closed Sat & Sun



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How does a library get started?  Hear Noralee Buntin's account of the beginnings of our library.

Digital History of Crawford County, Illinois

The local Central Wabash Archaeology group meets regularly to dig up the past.  Check out their newsletters at the library!

I Am Palestine...

Local History and links


History of Palestine, Illinois​

Palestine is so rich in history- it's falling out of the rafters...Literally!

Cindy Sparks found these photo albums in her home and has donated them to the library.  They date back at least 100 years and the binding on one of them is a work of art; rapidly deteriorating- but beautiful.  The images will be scanned and made available to the public.  Have photos of your own to share?  Visit the library.

Palestine Public Library District History and Genealogy of Palestine, IllinoisPalestine Public Library District History

When the search for a Civic Improvement Project was being sought by the Woman's Club in May 1973, the club could think of no better idea than a library. At that time, the town's only library was in the grade school, run two days a week during the summer months by the school teachers.

With the permission of the Robinson Daily News editor, the late Kent Lewis, it was decided to open a small reading center June 1, 1973, in the Daily News office. When the community was approached for book donations, the donations were so overwhelming that the opening of the reading center was held up until September 1. Membership cards were sold for $1 for adults and $ .50 for students.

In April 1977 the library became a reality when the residents of LaMotte Township approved the LaMotte Township Library, which in 1986 became a district library and the name changed to Palestine Public Library District. In November of 1988 Montgomery, Precinct 2, joined the library district.

In June, 2009, construction of a new library was begun at 201 S. Washington Street. The new building has a total of 5,131 square feet, more than doubling the previous building of 2,374 square feet. Construction was completed April, 2010. Construction was possible because of a very generous gift from Don & Inez Winter in 2007. With that gift, the board began fundraisers and, thanks to our many friends, the library was able to raise most of the remaining funds.

Sue Lockhart, librarian for 26 years and Director for 21 years retired in 2012. Her accomplishments are evident in the quality of the library that she left behind. The driving force behind the building, shelves, furnishings, programming, and the spirit of the place all speak to the dedication, labor, and joy that came forth through her service to the public. She will be dearly missed as our Director but has been thankfully received as our patron.

On May 7, 2012, Laurel Adams was hired as the new director.

History of the library