Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library


Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library

215 E. Cleveland Street

Spring Valley, IL 61362


About Us





Mon-Wed: 10:00am - 7:00pm

Thurs: 2:00pm-7:00pm

Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sat: 9:00am-2:00pm

Sun: Closed

Mon 3pm-7pm

Tues: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Wed: 3:00pm - 7:00 pmThurs: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Sat: 9:00am-2:00pm

Fri & Sun: Closed 




 Our public library is a place to encourage and increase library usage by providing books, materials, and services to support the educational enrichment of the community, recreational reading, and to introduce children to the world of books and other media. 





Tari Sangston


Victor Heredia and Mary Jane Verucchi

Children's Librarian:

Jeri Loebach 

Events & Current Information

Please click on the Facebook logo below to bring you to our site where you'll find a listing of current events, happenings, and information!

Our Services to You


Your Library Card

Library cards are provided free of charge to all residents of Spring Valley that live within the city limits, as part of your tax-supported library services. Your card gives you borrowing privileges at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library and at most public libraries in Illinois, access to special online resources, and more. Bring in a picture ID and a proof of your current resident address to the library to sign up for a library card.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book, DVD, or other item that we don't have on our shelves, please talk with the librarians or call 815-663-4741, so we may borrow it from another library for you. Each patron of the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library may place their own holds, renew their items, and pay fines online at Your account in Encore (Public Catalog) is your 14 digit library card number and the pin is the last four digits of the bar code. Any questions on navigating around in Encore, please call (815)663-4741.

Reference Desk

Our library has an extensive reference collection available to the public. Also, we have accumulated many local history books and media that is stored behind the desk. Ask the desk librarian what you are looking for and they will be happy to assist you.

Programs and Events

We have a regular schedule of educational and cultural events for all ages. See our calendar for details.



Our library several public computers available for use. You are able to use microsoft office programs, the internet, print black & white or color, and scan media into digital formats. Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding Internet and Computer Use.
Prices for Printing: Black & White $0.20 per page

Color $0.50 per page

Photocopiers and Fax Machine

At the front desk,we are able to assist you with faxing and photocoping.

Faxing prices:
To Send: $2.00 first sheet (cover sheet not included in price), $1.00 for every sheet after. International faxes cost $7.00 per minute of use.
To receive: $1.00 first sheet and $.50 for every sheet after.

Photocopies (black&white): $0.20 each
Lamination is $.50 per foot. Each lamination is not to exceed 18 inches wide.

Community/Meeting Room

Any group wishing to use the Community Room must get in contact with a staff member of the library to ask permission and also agree to follow library policies. The Community Room may not be used after library hours.

Learn More

 Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library has a wide selection of books, periodicals, computer accessibility, and childrens reading programs for the public use. The library also offers many services such as laminating, faxing, copying, scanning, and computer help when needed.

***You may see library staff taking photographs during library programs. These photographs may be used in both print and digital promotional material. If you'd like to keep yourself or your child from appearing in these promotions, please make sure our photographer is aware of your wishes. 

How Do I?

Get a Library Card

Get a Library Card

Get a Library Card


If you live within the city limits of Spring Valley, you may get a library card free of charge, as part of your tax-supported library service.
How to obtain a library card:

  • Have a valid driver's license or a photo ID(school ID) with your current address.
  • Have another document showing residence in Spring Valley. (e.g., Mail, check, water bill, bills, etc.)
  • Bring these items to the library to sign up for a library card.
  • Children under 14 years old must have an adult or guardian present at initial application for a library card.
  • Your library card will be valid for three(3) years for adults and 2 years for children. (At this time, we will ask to update your address and other information to reissue/renew your library card.)
  • There is a fee of $5.00 to replace damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen library cards.

Your library card allows you to:

  • Borrow books from our library and many other public libraries in Illinois.
  • Gain Access to Omnilibraries to download e-books and e-audiobooks on your Kindle or IPad. Website is: .

If you wish to use the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library services, please bring in your library card with you. If you do not have a library card and live close to Spring Valley, our charge for non-residents is $45.00 per year.

Renew a Book

Get a Library Card

Get a Library Card


To renew books and other items:

  • You may log into your account on Encore ( and renew your items.
    • Come into the library and ask the librarian if you can renew the items.
    • Bring the item in and ask for renewal.
    • If you are sick, unable to come to the library, call us at 815-663-4741 and have the item near you so you may supply the title to the librarian for renewal.



We are pleased to announce a new service for our library patrons! Use your library card number to login.

Additional Services

EBooks & EAudio



Another collection of e-books that's available to any Illinois resident

Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login. A patron who creates an account while in Illinois will be able to access the collection outside the state by logging into their account. You have access to the collections through:

The BiblioBoard platform features four collections:

1. Recovering the Classics featuring public domain classics from world literature with modern cover images.2. Popup Picks featuring titles that will change quarterly and will include hand-curated e-books from expert librarian curators,3. The Bodleian Library collection featuring items from Oxford University's Bodleian Library.4. The BiblioBoard Core collection features articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics.NO WAITING FOR TITLES


Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere. As a member of OMNI Consortium, Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library patrons will have access to all of the titles in the database. Users may browse the OMNI website, check out with a valid Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library card, and download material.

 Titles will automatically be removed from your device at the end of the lending period.  There are no late fees! This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card. The Libby app is a new, one-tap reading app for borrowing digital books and audiobooks from your library. Install the Libby app from your device's app store. Open the app and find your library, you can search by library name, city, or zip code. Browse the collection and borrow a title. When prompted, sign in. You'll need a valid library card to complete this step. Borrowed titles appear on your SHELF and download to the app automatically so you can read them when you're offline. From your SHELF you can: Tap START READING or START LISTENING to open a title. OR Tap the cover image, then SEND TO DEVICE to send a book to Kindle. For more help, visit


 The patron online catalog may be accessed with the link Login with the bar code of your Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library card and the pin is the last 4 digits. Once logged in, you may update your account, search for items that you are interested in, place holds/requests, pick the site you want to pick up your items, renew items, start a reading history, make a list of items for future use, and check and pay for fines online.  New books, videos, and audiobooks received for our library will also be shown. 

When an item arrives at the designated library, probably will be the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library, you will receive a pre-recorded message by way of phone (Cell Phone 888-542-7259), email, and/or text depending on your preference on your account. You will have 7 working days to pick up the items or they will be sent back. Please call with any questions (815)663-4741 or stop by for a brief overview and demonstration of the online catalog. 


Spring Valley Public Library

 The City of Spring Valley has maintained a library and reading room since 1893. The enterprise had its origin by action of the Knights of Labor. They acted on one of their leading principles – that education is one of the most pressing needs of the workingman, and accordingly organized a library association with benefits free to all who reside within the Spring Valley city limits. 

The library was in the city hall until it moved in to the new Carnegie Library in 1912. Formerly the Spring Valley Public Library, the library was dedicated to the memory of the late State Representative Richard A. Mautino January 4, 1992. Mr. Mautino was appointed to the Spring Valley Library Board in August of 1966 and served until 1973. The library board felt this was a fitting way to honor all of Mr. Mautino’s accomplishments for the library and for the city of Spring Valley. Mr. Mautino passed away August 29, 1991. 

A paved parking lot was added to the west of the building, along with an elevator and handicapped restrooms in 2001. Thanks to the generosity of the members of the American Legion, Dominic O’Berto Post 182; a matching gift from an anonymous family; a bequest from the late Anna Schlitt; and donations from many individuals, businesses and organizations; the Veterans’ Wing to the library was completed in 2004. Additional funding for the project was provided from the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White using Live & Learn Construction Funds. The donations combined with library savings funds made the addition possible without any tax increase to the community. 

The new addition nearly doubled the original Carnegie building and includes a children’s library and community room. It was dedicated, during the June 13, 2004 grand opening, as the Veteran’s Wing in honor of the American Legion and its members who got the project started with their donation, and in remembrance of all our veterans. 


Library Policies

Behavior in the Library

Behavior in the Library

Behavior in the Library


In order to provide a more positive environment for our patrons, the Board has implemented the following guidelines:

  • The library is available to those wishing to research information, do homework, check out materials, read quietly, or participate in library programs. Those patrons who are not involved in these pursuits will be asked to leave.
  • Telephone calls, both incoming and outgoing will be limited.
  • The library is not a playground or free babysitting service.
  • In addition, any patron who does not cooperate with the librarians will be given a verbal warning and handed a copy of the Patron Conduct Policy. The second time these is a problem, the patron will be suspended from the library building at the librarian's discretion. The third time there is a problem the patron must appear before the Library Board.

Our library has much to offer and we hope that this policy will foster more rewarding experiences and continues to make the library an enjoyable place for all patrons.

Circulation Policy

Behavior in the Library

Behavior in the Library


  • Books, Books on CD's, and Magazines are checked out for 14 days or two weeks.
  • You may return the item in person, or in the drop box the day it is due. Please do not put DVD's, Blu-Ray's, and or CD's in the drop box. (It is not the libraries responsibility to remind you when books are due; however, if you want to renew, please call or come in to renew the book for a longer duration.)
  • DVD's, Blu-Rays, and Music CD's are checked out for 7 days or one week.
  • Reference materials are not allowed to be checked out, but are available for use within the library.
  • Fines will accumulate once a book is overdue. The rate is $.10 per day for each book, magazine, music CD, and book on CD. DVD's and Blu-Rays are $.25 each per day. This excludes Sundays and days the library is closed for business.
  • If the book is lost or damaged, we will ask that the patron pay for the price of the item.
  • Any other questions, please call (815)663-4741.

Community Room Use

Behavior in the Library

Community Room Use


A meeting room is available during library hours. 

  • A reservation request form must be filled out at the library and must reserve the room in advance. 
  • No reservations over the phone.
  •  The room has a sink & television with DVD player. 


Computer & Internet Use

Community Room Use

 Our library accepts many types of donations. If you would like to donate a book, movie, or music to the library, we are happy to accept the offer. Please note, our shelves are full with items. If we do not have enough room to accommodate your donation, we will let you know or place the item in our book sale that benefits the library. If you have a large collection of items you would like to donate, please contact us at 815-663-4741 or email: 

Computer & Internet Use

Computer & Internet Use

Computer & Internet Use


Computer Use:

  • The library reserves the right to limit, refuses, and/or bans any patron from using the library equipment and computers.
  • Use is limited to patrons who have a library card or driver's license and have no fines or overdue materials.
  • All patrons who wish to use the computers must check in at the circulation desk.
  • The Internet shall not be used to access pornographic material.
  • The computers may be used for one-hour blocks. This time may be extended if no one else is waiting.
  • Number of patrons allowed at each computer station is limited to two.
  • No adults are allowed to use the children's computers without permission.
  • Violation of any aspect of this policy will result in loss of computer privileges. A written warning with patron signature will be kept on file
  • Nothing is to be put onto the hard drive or system disk of the computer system, no files are to be saved there, and no programs can be installed on to it. Furthermore, NOTHING is to'be deleted from a hard disk or system disk except by library staff.

Internet Use:

The Internet, with its varied resources, contains materials and opinions representing various points of view. The Internet is a global, electronic network; therefore, there is no state/county/local control of its users or its contents. It is impossible to use the same selection criteria, which are used for other materials in the library.

Volunteer & Job Opportunities

 If you wish to volunteer for the library, please contact the library at (815) 663-4741 or email: 

If any job openings are available, they will be posted here, in the library, and in our local newspapers.