Mon-Wed: 10:00am - 7:00pm
FALL and WINTER Hours
Wed: 3:00pm - 7:00 pmThurs: 3:00pm-7:00pm
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.
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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.
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 www.prairiecat.info/library/2035. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Your library card allows you to:
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.
To renew books and other items:
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, www.Omnilibraries.org 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 https://help.overdrive.com
The patron online catalog may be accessed with the link www.prairiecat.info/library/2035. 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.
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.
In order to provide a more positive environment for our patrons, the Board has implemented the following guidelines:
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.
A meeting room is available during library hours.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If you wish to volunteer for the library, please contact the library at (815) 663-4741 or email: email@example.com
If any job openings are available, they will be posted here, in the library, and in our local newspapers.