Remodeling of the Carriage House’s main floor for use as the new library began in 1990. Heading the renovation was Leslie H. Kenyon of Peoria. When the doors were opened to the public in 1991, it offered 12,000 books to its patrons.

That same year, the Library Board petitioned to have the Dwight Public Library convert to a Library District, which would give it a larger territory and, thus, a larger tax base. The initiative was successful, and the Prairie Creek Public Library District was created. The increased tax base allows the library to offer its patrons improved materials and services.

Covid-19 Update

August 2020

The library is now open (doors unlocked) to the general public during the following hours:
Monday-Thursday 12:00-6:00 Friday 12:00-5:00
(Beginning in August) Saturday 10:00-2:00
Appointments are no longer needed during the hours shown.
The hours of 10:00-12:00 Monday-Friday are reserved for Seniors and at-risk individuals only. (These hours are by appointment only.)

We would like to point out the following when visiting the library:
Face coverings are required upon entering and while you are in the library.
– Hand sanitizer is located in the lobby and patrons are encouraged to use upon entry.
– Occupancy is limited to 10 people at one time. Please pay careful attention to the front door before you enter. A red “stop” indicates there are currently 10 people inside and you will need to wait until someone exits before you can come inside.
– Please limit your visit to 1 hour or less.
– Public computers are available and may be used for 1 hour or less.

– The upstairs meeting room is unavailable at this time.

Our curbside option will continue and is available Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Starting Monday June 1st

Prairie Creek Public Library will begin offering a no contact Curbside Pickup service on Monday, June 1st.  Below is all the information you will need to know regarding this service.  Feel free to contact the library at (815) 584-3061 with any questions.    See you soon!!!


Prairie Creek Library plans to re-open with limited curbside service

The staff of Prairie Creek Library in Dwight is preparing to re-open on Monday, June 1, with limited service and curbside, no-contact pickup. In this initial phase of re-opening, the public will not be allowed inside the library building. However, patrons may call the library to request and hold materials to be picked up at a later time. In this initial phase, the library only will check out books and audiobooks. DVDs and music CDs will not circulate. In addition, the interlibrary loan system is not in operation at this time, so only materials owned by Prairie Creek will be available.

Making returns now

Starting immediately, patrons may return any materials that have been checked out during the shutdown. All materials should be placed in the book drop located near the library entrance. All items returned will be quarantined for seven days before being cleaned with disinfectant and then checked in. Patrons should make note of this quarantine procedure, as all returned items still will remain on their card for an additional seven days. When books are checked in, they will be checked in for the date in which they were placed in the book drop. No fines will be assessed for those seven days, however, the items will remain on the patron’s card and affect the number of new items the patron may acquire on the next visit.

How will curbside, no-contact service work?

This service is for Prairie Creek Library patrons only. Any patron who wishes to check out books or audiobooks can put specific items on hold by phoning 815-584-3061 and speaking with staff or leaving a voicemail, through online patron accounts, or sending a request via email or through the website, www.prairiecreeklibrary.org. Requests made outside of business hours will be addressed the next business day. In order to protect patrons’ privacy and issue materials on a first come, first served basis, absolutely NO requests will be accepted through the library’s Facebook page. When making a request, please be prepared to provide your name, address, and barcode number on your library card.

The number of items allowed for checkout will be limited to 10 items per card. However, parents of children who are too young for their own cards may check out an additional 10 items from the children’s section. For children, the staff will put together pre-bagged book bundles. Although parents and children still are welcome to request specific books, they also may just request a book bundle created to appeal to their child’s age or grade level. Each book bundle will contain 5 books. Each patron will only be allowed to check out two “new” items. An item will be considered “new” if the library acquired it in 2020 since many newer materials were put out for circulation just prior to the shut-down.

 Click here for Book Bundle Form   –   Click here for the Book Bundle JR Form

Patrons will be called when the items are ready, and a pickup time will be scheduled. Although staff will fulfill requests as quickly as possible, patrons are recommended to plan on 24 hours for a request to be fulfilled. When patrons arrive for their appointment time, they need to remain in their vehicles and call the library to announce their arrival. At that time, a patron will be expected to provide their name, library card barcode, and color and make of the vehicle. Patrons should open the trunk or hatch of their vehicle. Staff will not bring out materials unless patrons are inside the vehicle. Staff will place the bag of materials into the rear of the vehicle. Staff will not accept returned materials directly from patrons. Patrons should place any returned materials directly into the book drop after the staff member has returned to the library. Materials will not be delivered to walkers or bicycle riders.

Curbside pickup hours will be offered from noon-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Limited Services

At this point, the library is not offering computer, wifi, faxing, or copy services. The interlibrary loan system is not in operation, so patrons reserving materials through their online account should make sure to select Prairie Creek Library materials only. Use of the meeting room and restrooms will be prohibited. Only staff members will be allowed inside the building. No in-person programs will be scheduled. However, online programs have been set for the summer reading program.

At this time, the library will not be accepting payments of fines. However, patrons with fines of $10 or less still will be allowed to check out materials, with the understanding the fine will be owed again once regular services resume. Yet, patrons will not be allowed to check out additional materials if they have an overdue item on their card.

In addition to curbside service, e-books also remain available through the services that can be accessed on the library’s website. These include selections for adults as well as children.

As changes are made in the guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the library will move into the next phase and continue to expand services until we return to our normal operating conditions. The staff appreciates everyone’s patience as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Book Bundle Form
Book Bundle JR Form

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