Philo Public Library District
P.O. Box 199
115 E. Washington
Philo, Illinois 61864-0199

Phone: (217) 684-2896
Fax: (217) 684-2719

Monday-Friday: 9am-12N, 3pm-7pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sunday: 2pm-5pm

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Summer Reading 2020 Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!

Philo Public Library’s 2020 Summer reading theme is “Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover.” Summer Reading runs June 1-July 31 for Preschool and Elementary aged students.

We will have special programming during the June virtual storytimes each Thursday for Preschool-1st grade aged youth. We will have supplies available for the June 11,18, and 25th storytime activities. If you would like to receive the supplies for these storytimes call the library at 217-648-2896 by the Tuesday before the storytime in order to get your name on the list of supplies. Supplies will be ready for pick-up on Thursday morning for that week’s storytime in the afternoon.

This year we will also have Reading Bingo cards which are available to download on the website as well as on our Facebook page. Once you have completed a bingo take a picture and email it to and we will arrange a time to pick up a prize.

Fill out the form to register and we will make sure to contact you with more information on storytimes and reading bingo!

Summer Reading Registration




Philo Library is now offering curbside pickup. To order materials, you can phone the library (684-2896) or email us or go online to our website and order. Once your request is filled, we will call to arrange a time for you to come to our parking lot and pick up your order.

Homebound Service

Philo Library is in the home delivery business, that is of library materials. This service is available to anyone who is physically unable to visit the Library. If you have a Philo Library card and have a temporary or long-term illness or injury, disability or limited mobility, or are a senior citizen without transportation, you may be eligible for our service.

Getting started is easy. Call the Library (684-2896) and ask to register for Home Delivery Services. If you don’t have a Library card, and are eligible for one, we can issue a card in your name. We will then ask you to complete an application and a survey of your reading interests. Once these forms are returned, you will be contacted by a staff member who will assign a volunteer to assist you. The volunteer will select items for you, based on your interests. We will then schedule a date for your first delivery and future deliveries based on your needs.

There are no late fees for our materials, but Home Delivery participants are responsible for lost or damaged items or fees from other libraries.

We look forward to providing this service to you.

Drop Box

drop box The Philo Public Library  drop box was purchased though the generosity of the Bob Rice Memorial Fund and installed by Walt Crackle with help from Bill and Will Jones. The  drop box has 2 drop chutes, one for books and one for dvd’s, cd’s  and audiobooks. (You may now disregard the stickers on the older items asking   not to be put in drop box). The location of the drop box is in the alley to the west of  the library between the library and village maintenance building.

Book Bags for Sale

The Friends of the Philo Public Library have book bags for sale for $12.00. They are  the perfect size to carry your favorite books, dvds, and magazines.

Children’s Programs
We offer a variety of programs for preschool and school-age children. Please see calendar for dates and times.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library meet once a month, generally their meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday at 3:00 PM, in the library's meeting room. Membership dues are currently $5 per year. The Friends mission is to assist the library, and to have a good time while doing it. Please call ahead for current information.
Book Club
We have a unique book club where you pick your own book to read with others. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Please call ahead, since we will not be meeting on holidays or in inclement weather.