Located on Lower Level 1 of the Main Library, the Local History and Genealogy Room is a vast and growing collection highlighting the history of Peoria, reputed to be the oldest European settlement in Illinois.
Established in 1691 by the French explorer Henri de Tonti, Peoria has had a distinctive past. The Illinois River and the World’s Most Beautiful Drive. Whiskey. Vaudeville. Penicillin. Caterpillar. Every facet of our past has a home in Peoria Public Library’s archives.
Our knowledgeable and dedicated staff is available to assist you, whether you call, email or visit us in person.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Main Library
Phone: (309) 497-2000