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Library History

The 2011 construction blends well with the original facility.
This project brought handicap access to the entire facility.

It also included new restrooms on the main floor.
The addition has allowed space for a teen and large print area.
The upper level is used as a multi-function space for reading, study groups and programs.
This inviting space offers a wonderful view over Bridge Street.

In the summer of 2013 the new front desk and work area was dedicated in memory of Mr. Endres' parents.
Thanks to his generous donation the staff has a beautiful, functional work space.
The funding also helped to offset the cost of the security system.

In 2014 the library received the "Digital Divide" grant to purchase 10 new computers and a scanner. 

The library received "Back to Books" grants in 2014, 2018 and 2020.

Grant funding to purchase of $2500 of books for the teens in the community was awarded in 2014.

Funding to purchase of $4000 of picture books for the children's room was received in 2014.

The 2020 $3000 grant funding covered the purchase of chapter books for children.


The library received a $50,000 donation in Memory of Mr. Bruce Hart from his loving wife Janice Hart in 2017 and 2018 for the renovation of the children's room, and the Technology Center.

The library received a private donation for the installation of the carpeting in the Ralph Plum Room in 2019.

US Landmark
Carnegie Library

The Streator Public Library is a US Landmark Carnegie facility that was constructed in 1903.  The Fuchs murals that were installed, around the interior of the lower dome,

were painted on leather in a local shop and installed in 1905.

The original grand stair case, woodwork, shelves, and stained glass are still in place.

Many of the original oak tables are still utilized.

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Community Resources Information


Streator Salvation Army                                815-672-2746
126 S. Bloomington St.                                 9:00AM-3:00PM Mon-Fri
Streator, IL 61364                                        9:00AM-5:00PM Thur.

  • Thrift store

  • Disaster services

  • Rental assistance

  • Utility assistance

  • Medication assistance

  • Food pantry (once a week)

  • Coats for children and adults

  • Shower Facility


Safe Journeys (supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence)
Streator Office: 510 N. Bloomington St.
Support Line: 1-815-673-1555 (available 24/7)


24/7 Confidential Support Line for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence:






Grace Community Church                                                                               815-672-7700
1634 N Illinois Route 23                                                                                  9:00AM-11:00AM Wed & Fri
Streator, IL 61364

Food Pantry (once a month)

Streator Land Food Pantry                                                                             815-673-3688
210 N. Wasson St                                                                                             9:00AM-11:00AM Mon-Fri (Closed Wed)
Streator, IL 61364

Food Pantry (once a month)

Park Presbyterian Church
Hardscrabble Lions Club                                                                                815-673-1526
Park conference center on the corner of Hickory St and Wasson St
Streator, IL 61364

Free lunch the second Saturday of every month at 11:30

Ottawa Department of Human Services                                                       815-443-1572
Family Community Resource Center                                                             8:30AM-5:00PM Mon-Fri
1560 First Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350

Applications for cash, SNAP, and medical assistance

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