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62 N. Ayer, Suite B, Harvard, IL 60033

(815) 943-4404
(815) 943-4410 - fax

e-mail: info@harvcc.net

 
Original Library
New Library
 
LIBRARY HOURS
             
Monday  9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday   3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday  9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday Closed
   
HARVARD DIGGINS PUBLIC LIBRARY

The new library opened June of 2001.  The new site is adjacent to Lion’s Park and the swimming pool. The library will continue to be a busy place for information, recreation, meeting room space and reference assistance.

The on-site collection at the library includes 24,000 adult and children’s books. Periodical subscriptions include 75 magazines and 5 newspapers. Audio recordings for adults and children are available and a small collection of video titles. Various electronic resources provide easy access to telephone numbers, zip-codes and criss-cross information. Internet access is provided for the public. Harvard newspapers from the late 1800’s to 1986 are available for viewing on microfilm. The microfilm/microfiche reader as well as photocopier, laminating machine, typewriter and word-processing computer may be used at any time during public hours. The library owns a small collection of artwork for loan and also an unusual collection of butterflies. Audio-visual equipment may be borrowed from the library.
   
The library is a charter member of the northern Illinois Library System established in 1965. This system (NILS) now includes 151 libraries in twelve counties. As a NILS member, the library is part of the ILLINET resource network. Materials for interlibrary loan are picked up and delivered six days a week. The library is on-line with nine other automated NILS libraries and the collections of all these libraries can be viewed in the same database. This database is now available both from the libraries and from outside computers via the Internet. Patrons can access their own record of checked out materials, requests as well as fines by accessing this database with their PIN number. A patron’s library card can be used at the other libraries as well.
   
This library is a municipal library and tax money for its support is collected only on that property within the city limits of Harvard. Because of this support, residents within the city may obtain a card at no additional fee. Persons living outside the city limits, in non-taxed areas, may purchase non-resident library membership. The non-resident fee is set by the NILS Board of Trustees and allows non-resident library cards purchased in Harvard to be used at other NILS public libraries. In addition to city tax support, the library is supported by the Delos F. Diggins Library Trust which first established the library in 1908. This trust continues to raise funds to meet many of the capital needs of the library.
   
A variety of programs are offered at the library. Classes from local schools make regular visits. Several sessions of pre-school Story Hour are offered during the school year. Reading incentives and activities are part of the Summer Reading Program. The library is a contact point for the Library of Congress Talking Books Program and an adult literacy program. Home delivery of materials is offered to patrons who are unable to come to the library. 
   
Tele-course videotapes from McHenry County College may be viewed at the library. A public meeting room is available for use by organizations.
   
The library welcomes new patrons. Proof of address is required for registration. Suggestions for materials to be purchased are appreciated and volunteer helpers are often needed. The library is responsible to and exists for our community. 

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