About Us

Pankhurst Memorial Library serves the City of Amboy and surrounding area.  For announcements and current happenings, see Library News.

Our Services for You

Your Library Card

Library cards are provided free of charge to City of Amboy residents as part of your tax-supported library services. Your card gives you borrowing privileges here and at most public libraries in Illinois, access to special online resources, and more. Outside of City limits, residents are charged a yearly fee of $50 for their library card. Click here to learn how to get a library card.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book, DVD, or other item that we don't have, ask us to borrow it from another library for you.  You must be a patron in good standing to make an interlibrary loan (ILL) request.  No more than 4 ILL items may be requested at a time. 

Reference Desk

See any staff member for assistance with your reference questions. 

Programs and Events

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


There are 5 computers with internet access available for patrons to use. We also offer WiFi for public use.   Computer reservations ARE NOT accepted.  During busy periods, usage is limited to an hour.  During exceptionally busy times, usage may be limited to 30 minutes.  Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.

Photocopiers and Fax Machine

Copies are available for $.25 per page.  Faxes may be sent for $2.00 for the first page and $.50 for each additional page OR received for $1.00 for the first page and $.50 for each additional page.  Computer printout are available for $.25 per page.  Color copies or printouts are not available. 

Board Room

Any non-profit organization may use the Board Room free of charge.  Contact the circulation desk to make a reservation.

Library Policies

Below are some of the policies about the public's use of the library.

Behavior in the Library

Click the links below to see our Patron Behavior Policy as well as our Suspension of Library Privileges Policy. 

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Board Room Use

Any non-profit agencies may use the Board Room at no cost.  Contact the Circulation Desk at 857-3925 to make a reservation. 

Circulation Policy

Click the link below to see the current Circulation Policy.

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Computer/Internet Use

There are 4 computers with internet access available for patrons to use.  Computer reservations ARE NOT accepted.  All patrons are limited to one (1) hour of computer use time per day.  This time may not be split or taken in increments.  Additionally, patrons may not switch computers unless the workstation malfunctions.  Anyone using the public computers must abide by the terms of the Computer Use Policy and sign a Computer Use Agreement. 



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There are many ways to give to the library. In addition to cash, you may give securities, life insurance or personal property, give through an employer matching gift program, set up a charitable remainder trust, or include Pankhurst Memorial Library in your estate plans, to name a few. For more information about making a charitable contribution, contact the Library Board of Trustees at 857-3925.


How to Donate Books to the Library
We love books
of all shapes and sizes,
but with book donations
we don't like surprises.

We'll take your books
for our shelf or to sell,
if they're in good condition
with no musty smell.

When you have books to bring,
just give us a call,
and we'll let you know
if there's room for them all.

Please don't be upset
if we have to say no.
We don't have much room
and some books have to go.

(We don't accept paperbacks, textbooks, magazines or encyclopedias.) 


Unattended Children

Children under ten (10) yeas of age may not be left unattended in the library unless they are attending a library-sponsored program.  Otherwise, they must be under the direct supervision of a parent, or responsible caregiver, when in the library. 

History of the Library

In 1928, local citizen, J. W. Pankhurst, donated money to build a new library.  The building was dedicated on May 27, 1929, and on July 6, 1929, Pankhurst Memorial Library circulated its first book.  Modern additions to the building include an ADA accessible ramp and lift as well as computer work stations with internet access.

Job Openings

Pankhurst Memorial Library currently does not have any job openings.

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Circulation Desk at 857-3925 to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Pankhurst Memorial Library. 

Illinois State Library Services

The Illinois State Library provides you with services directly, through us, and in cooperation with other agencies.