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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New Drop Box

drop box The Philo Public Library is excited to announce our new drop box which was purchased though the generosity of the Bob Rice Memorial Fund was installed by Walt Crackle with help from Bill and Will Jones. The new 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.

Summer Reading Programs

                              Adventures in Agriculture
A new program is being offered on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. beginning June 11 and ending Aug 6 (Note- 3  more programs have been added). Registration is requested so that there will be enough supplies for everyone. Call the Library (684-2896) to register your child for any or all of these programs. It’s new, fun and an adventure that will have your child talking about what a great program they just attended.

                            2104 Summer Reading Program

The Library would like to thank all the businesses and organizations that contributed to the success of the Summer Reading programs. Supporters including Philo Country Store, Monical’s, Barnes and Noble, Philo Presbyterian Church, Zion Lutheran Church, Illiana Insurance, Savoy Sonic Drive-in, and the Friends of the Philo Public Library.

Congratulations are in order for all the winners in the Adult/Teen Summer Reading Club prize drawings.  Kylie Decker and Alice Kaufman, winners of the  $20 gift certificates for Philo Tavern.  Vicki Collins and Elisabeth Cler, winners of the  $25 gift card for the Savoy 16 .  Seamus Tierney and Jan Causey winners of a Monical’s gift card, and Cameron Woodard and Sandy Gorman winners of  Barnes and Noble gift card.
Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to next year.


Book Bags for Sale

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

Our New Email Address

You may be noticing changes in our local Library system. The formerly Lincoln Trails Library system is now the Illinois Heartland Libraries System. The Philo Public Library webpage can still be found at, however our email address has been changed to We will continue to let our patrons know of changes as they occur.
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.