105 West 3rd Street Beardstown, IL 62618


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Beardstown Houston Memorial Public Library

The Beardstown Houston Memorial Public Library
is your gateway to knowledge!

The Beardstown Houston Memorial Public Library
offers items in English, Spanish, and French including:

  • Fiction and non-fiction books
  • Best sellers
  • Music
  • CDs
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Audio books
  • Magazines and newspapers

We have 2 ebook platforms. 
Here are the links for those:

Alliance Digital Media Library

eRead Illinois

Click below for our online catalog 

where you can go to renew or put holds on books.

Our Online Catalog!!!  

Our new digital newspaper archive is:

BeardstownNewspapers Online History Archive

Borrowing Library Materials

Additional Information

 Apply for a Library Card
Beardstown Library Cards are free to all Beardstown residents.  There is a fee for people who live outside of Beardstown city limits. It is $25.00 for 6 months or $50.00 for one year. Please bring the following to the library to get your card:

  • To obtain a library card, come to the library and fill out an application for a card. In a few days you will receive a post card in the mail at your residence. Bring your post card in and we will issue your library card.

You must be age 16 or older to get a library card. For patrons under 16, a parent or guardian must sign the application for the child.

Guidelines for Borrowing Materials

  • Books, audiobooks, and CDs are available for a 14 day checkout period. 
  • DVDs are available for a 7 day checkout period. 

Fees & Renewing Materials

Fines for overdue books, audiobooks and CDs are .25 cents a day. Fines for overdue DVDs are 1.00 per day.

Children's Page

Summer Reading Program

The library provides free educational and recreational monthly programs for children.

Pre-K story time is held on Mondays @ 10:30

Library Services

 Meeting Room Reservations
The meeting room is available for community use.

Internet & Word Processing
The Library provides internet service to all patrons. Children under 16 must have a signed permission slip by a parent or guardian.

Printing and photocopying services are also available. Black and white prints and copies are $0.25 per page, and color prints and copies are $0.50 per page.

Faxes may be sent and received. Our fax number is: (217) 323-4217

  • Inside Illinois: $3.00 for the first page, $1.00 for each additional page.
  • Outside Illinois: $5.00 for the first page, $1.00 for each additional page. 
  • International: $25.00 for the first page, $2.00 for each additional page.

Magazines & Newspapers

 AccessThe City of Beardstown Library provides free print copies of newspapers, magazines, and other digital resources. The Library offers the Cass County Star Gazette, and the Jacksonville Journal Courier .

For more information or questions contact the Library at (217) 323-4204.
NewspapersThe Library offers newspapers:

MagazinesThe Library also offers magazines:

  • Good Housekeeping
  • Reader's Digest
  • Smithsonian 
  • Journal of Illinois History 
  • The Living Museum 
  • Illinois Heritage
  • Popular Science 
  • Seventeen 
  • National Geographic 
  • Consumer Reports 
  • People 
  • People En Espanol 
  • Sports Illustrated 
  • Parents
  • Newsweek
  • Siempre Mujer

Contact Trisha Scott Library Director

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Beardstown Houston Memorial Public Library

13 Boulevard Rd. Beardstown, IL 62618

Ph: (217) 323-4204 Fx: (217) 323-4217



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