Mission Statement

The Talcott Free Library provides current materials in a variety of formats, preserves local history, supports educational endeavors and supplies community information.

Library History

In 1875, a Public Library Association was organized in Rockton of which each person had to pay to use the collection.  13 years later, in June of 1888,the Honorable Wait A. Talcott donated a building to Rockton Township to be used as a library, providing the town would organize under the laws of Illinois and vote to establish a tax to support the library. The original building was constructed in 1854 as a feed and grain store; Wait’s son William paid for the repair of the building to become a library including a new roof, his brother Thomas donated a nucleus of books, and W. W. Austin installed electric lights. Talcott Free Library was dedicated on August 22, 1889 and named such because the public no longer had to pay to use the collection. For further information on Talcott’s more than 125 year history, please come visit our Local History section.


  ” The original building was constructed in 1854 as a feed and grain store “


Library Cards


Residential (Library listed on tax bill)

All residents and property owners of Rockton Township are eligible for a library card.

  • Issued for 3 years
  • No Charge
  • Proof of residency
  • Children 5-15 years – Parents/Guardian must sign off.

Non-Residential (No library listed on tax bill)

A non-resident library card may be purchased at the “closest public library in the school district in which non-resident has his or her principle residence.” Cards are issued for one year. Cost of card is based on the taxable value of property of primary residence (same structure used for resident card holders).

Valid Talcott Library cards may be used at area libraries.


  ” The library was dedicated on August 22, 1889 “



Computer & Printer Use

Public access computers – providing access to the library catalog, the internet, and online databases. Patron will be held to a ½ hour limit on computer use when other patrons are waiting to use the computers.

Printing – there is a  charge for each page printed from the computer.

• Black and white copy – .10
• Colored  copy – .50


Loan Periods

3 Weeks: Books, CD’s, Puzzles, Juvenile Magazines

1 Week: DVD, Regular & YA Magazines

30 Days: Items on Outreach Patron Cards (Schools), Interlibrary loans, Talcott Traveling Tales, Juvenile back pack buddies

Library Use Only: Reference, Current Magazines, Newspapers, Historical Materials


Fees

Overdues: All items = $.10 per item per day

DVD’s and ILL’s:  $.50 per item per day (Incurred amount of $5.00 or more on patron record will block patron from further transactions.)

DVD: $.25 check-out fee

Copier and printer charge: $.10 to $.50 per sheet