Galesburg Public Library

Other Services

Below are a list of materials and services available at the Galesburg Public Library. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 309-343-6118 or if you have any questions or want to learn more.

Faxing and scanning services are available at the library for a fee. Call the Reference Desk with any questions. Please note: faxing and scanning services must be completed at least 10 minutes before the library closes.

Contact the Reference Desk if you need to take a proctored exam.

The Galesburg Public Library offers notary services at no cost. Patrons in need of notary services should visit the Reference Desk located near the public internet machines. A valid signed photo ID is required. Do not sign the documents until you are before the notary. All parties whose signatures are to be notarized must be present. Please note: occasionally a notary is not available. We recommend calling the library before coming in to make sure a notary is available. The library does not notarize government I-9 forms, apostilles, deeds, mortgages, wills, codicils, or depositions, and library notaries reserve the right to deny service. Notary services must be completed at least 10 minutes before the library closes.

Unable to visit the library? Contact the Circulation Department to arrange for Home Delivery Service. You may fill out the application in advance or pick one up at the Check-Out Desk. The Galesburg Public Library offers a home delivery service for patrons who live within Galesburg city limits and meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Unable to visit the library due to age, disability, injury, or illness
  • Lack driver’s license and/or access to transportation
Tech Tutors
Tech Tutors is a free service for adults who are looking to learn or improve basic computer or technology-related skills. The Galesburg Public Library Tech Tutors are trained teens and adults who volunteer their time to provide one-on-one computer training and technical assistance at the library in a relaxed, pressure-free environment. Tech Tutors are available to teach a variety of topics, including: using a computer keyboard and mouse; creating and using an email account; using the internet; searching and applying for jobs online; utilizing e-readers; and much more. All Tech Tutors services are provided by appointment only. To make an appointment or to learn more information, contact the Reference Desk.

AARP Tax Aide volunteers will provide free assistance for the 2023 tax year in February and March 2024. All appointments are full. Visit the link below to find the closest alternative locations.

Visit AARP Tax-Aide for more information on taxpayer assistance.

General information regarding tax assistance at the Galesburg Public Library:

You must make an appointment in person at the library when an AARP volunteer is present. Please do not call the library for an appointment.

Taxpayers are responsible for the accuracy of their returns. Returns will be filed electronically. Only Federal and Illinois State returns will be prepared. Certain tax returns are out of scope for the program (such as rental property and farm income). Taxpayers with these and other complex returns will be advised to seek assistance from a paid tax preparer. Taxpayers are required to have all required documents before their scheduled appointment.

American Girl Dolls
Bring home American Girl dolls Melody, Kit, or Lucia! Each doll comes with a carrying case, a change of clothes, a book, and a journal. Stop in the Children’s Room to check out a doll.

Cake Pans
Need to bake a fun cake for a special event? The library has a collection of themed cake pans available for checkout. Contact the Children’s Room for more information.

Funded by the American Heart Association, this kit includes ten inflatable manikins, training DVDs, and a practice AED. Ask for more information at the Check-Out Desk.

Electricity Usage Monitor
Ask at the Check-Out Desk about the Kill a Watt, an easy to use meter that calculates electric usage and cost of household appliances to help you understand and reduce your energy bill.

Hobby Collection
Start a new hobby, take a break from the screen, and find some brain-boosting fun with our newest collection that includes board games, puzzles, and other fun activities for all ages.

Light Therapy Lamp
Bring 10,000 lux to your desk or nightstand. Pick one up at the Check-Out Desk.

Stop at the Reference & Information Desk to check out a projector, power cord, RGB cable, and a case.

Toniebox is a soft, screen-free speaker for children that uses magnetic figurines called Tonies to play stories, songs, and more. Use your library card to borrow one of three Toniebox kits, each containing a variety of Tonies to explore, and bring on-demand, screen-free fun to your family.

Wireless Hot Spots
Don’t have internet at home or having trouble with your provider? The library circulates wireless hot spots for take-home use. Visit or call the Check-Out Desk for more information or to check one out.

Stop by the Children’s Room for information on getting something laminated.

What is Explore More Illinois?

Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by your library that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues.

Explore More Illinois makes it possible for member libraries to offer free passes, discounted admission, and other deals from a wide variety of Illinois cultural attractions to library cardholders. Cardholders will reserve all passes/discounts online. Click here for more information or to take advantage of this service.

(Please note, the library service Explore More Illinois is not affiliated with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources ExploreMoreIL, although the names and website addresses are similar. Please visit the DNR’s DNR portal to make campsite reservations or to purchase licenses and permits.)

How do I get a Pass?

Log in with your library card credentials and browse for passes by date or attractions. If you do not know your PIN or password, please contact your home library. Make your reservation and print or download your pass shortly before your visit. You can have two active reservations per library card. Please cancel your reservation(s) if unable to attend, otherwise the reservation will count as being used. Remember that once you print or download your pass you cannot cancel your reservation.

In the past, the library has offered a limited number of passes to the Knox-Galesburg Symphony for checkout. Please contact the Reference Desk for details.