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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Food For Fines

Do you owe fines? If so, now is the time to take advantage of our
amnesty program. To help the Unity High School food drive and the Food
Bank, we are offering a chance to get rid of those pesky fines, help
feed the hungry and be able to use Philo Library’s services again.

Between now and Christmas, we will credit your account 50 cents for each food item you bring in. Do you owe us $5? Bring in ten food items and your account will be 100% clear. This is a win/win situation. You can
again check out videos and books and other items from Philo Library and
the food will go to those who need it. If you donate prior to November
19, Unity High School will collect the food and distribute it through
their Thanksgiving drive. After that date the donations will be
distributed by the food banks. Stop at the desk, tell whoever is
working how many items you brought in, give us the food and we’ll take it from there.


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Homebound Service

Philo Library is getting into 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.