Streator Public Library is a US Historic Landmark Facility. The library is open to the public to tour or just explore. There are free events for all ages scheduled on a weekly basis. Current events can be located on the library calender on tthe library website at streatorpubliclibrary.org.
The children's room was renovated in 2018 in honor of Bruce Hart by his wife Janice Hart who was a long term member of the Streator Public Library Board of Trustees. The new short book shelves are user friendly for younger children, the bright art adds to the playfull atmosphere of the room. The updated collection has a balance of books for children from birth through fifth grade.
The Teen room has doubled the size of the teen collection. The area has a study table and chairs close to power sources for all the devices the will need including a strong internet connection.
The newly renovated Soderstrom Seminar Meeting room is open to the public, when there are no meetings or library events. The room has internet access with charging ports conveniently located on a counter with stools provided for your browsing comfort or sit in a chair near the fireplace with the "Forty Gavels" mantel. The matel is based on the life's work of Rebuen G. Soderstrom with the labor unions. The "Forty Gavels" book is available to review as well.
The library is home to the county civil war flag. The Sergent Poundstone Flag is on display in the Ralph Plumb room located on the second floor of the library. There is a storyboard with the history of the flag and how it came to the Streator Public Library.
Free internet! We are a wireless facility or have pulic assess desktops. Vouchers can be requested at our front desk to log into our secured network. Those not a member of the library pay a nominal fee of $1.00 to use the desktop computers.
Staff are able to assist with any questions, help you get connected to our wireless internet with a voucher, help with a reference question or get you started exploring our web based historic collection of news articles dating back to the late 1800's.
From the north Streator Public Library is located about 18 miles south of Interstate 80 Ottawa exit on Route 23. From the east the library is located about 24 miles west of the Dwight exit on Interstate 55. From the west library is about 15 miles from the Interstate 39 exit. The facility is located on the northwest corner of Bridge Street (one way east bound) and Park Street (one way north bound). Turn north on Park Street to access our parking lot and our handicap entrance at the rare of the building.Get directions
Sorry, the library is a food free zone unless there is a program were food has been approved as part of the planned event.
Be sure to use the back entrance if you require handicap door assistance or an elevator to get to our main floor. The front of the library offers the "Grand staircase to enlightenment."