Patron Mission Statement
Rochester Public Library District Patrons will have access to innovative library services that continually adapt to patron needs. Additionally, the Rochester Library will:
• Provide and environment, both physical and virtual, that encourages interaction among community members and organizations.
• Provide lifelong learning opportunities through a variety of print and digital media.
• Provide career, finance, and small business information that will aid in community growth.
• Provide a common place and forum for local governance discussions.
• Provide opportunities for residents to explore their personal heritage and develop a tangible history of the community.
Librarian Mission Statement
The mission of librarians of the Rochester Public Library is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in the Rochester community.
Supporting the Mission
- NEW PATRON FAQS -
How do get a Library Card?
Step 1: Verify your Library District
The first step to getting a library card is to find out what library district you live in. This can be found on your voter registration card. If you don't have your voter's registration card, the librarians at the Rochester Library are happy to assist you in determining the library district in which you reside. Call or visit the library today.
Step 2: Verify your Address
If you reside in the Rochester Library District, please bring in a picture ID card that has your current address, or a picture ID card and an item such as a piece of mail that lists your current address. There is no charge for a library card if you live within the Rochester Library District.
Not in the Rochester District?
If you do not live in an area that has a tax supported library you may purchase a non-resident card for $144 a year. This fee includes a card for everyone in one household, and reflects the average amount that taxpayers within the Rochester Library District pay each year in taxes to support the library.
What's a Reciprocal Borrower?
If you have a library card from any library in the Rolling Prairie Library System, you may use your card at the Rochester Public Library. This includes the public libraries in Springfield, Chatham, Lincoln, Taylorville, Decatur and the surrounding Central Illinois Area. See a map of the Rolling Prairie Library System and other Library systems in Illinois.
How long can I keep an item?
Loan Periods Are:
• Two weeks for books, music, audio books and magazines.
Can I renew an item?
You may renew an item if no one else has an outstanding request for that item. Any items from outside our library system, received through Interlibrary Loan, may only be renewed for one additional loan period.
• in person, at the library.
• over the phone by calling the library at (217) 498-8454.
• online via our website. You will need a PIN to access your account. Visit the library to establish a PIN.
How much are your fines?
Fines are $.25 per day per item overdue, not to exceed $5 total.
If you have a fine, you may still check out additional materials as long as the fine is not over $5.00. If you owe more than $5 in fines, you may check out additional items only if you pay something towards the fine.
Is there a limit on how much I can check out?
There are no restrictions on how many items you can check out. Temporary restrictions may be necessary if there is a shortage of materials in certain areas or in order to ensure that an entire collection is not checked out at one time.
Can someone use my card?
You should never allow anyone else to use your card; any fines or charges on your card are your responsibility.
- LOCATION -
Rochester Public Library is located just off IL State Highway 29 on Community Drive, on the far East side of Rochester. We are in the same building as the Village of Rochester offices and the Rochester Police Department.