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"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."

—Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913) British banker, politician, naturalist. British Wild Flowers


Timeline of History

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1904 - G.W. Harper applies for and receives the Carnegie Library Grant for Robinson. Andrew Carnegie agrees to donate $10,000 toward establishing a library.

1906 – Robinson Carnegie Library opens for public borrowing February 21st.  They have a governing board of twelve.

1915 – The library is first catalogued by Miss Fanny Hill who travels from the University of Illinois to complete the project.

1920 – The library is fumigated because of small pox.  The library remains open to readers, but circulation is discontinued for a month.

1923 – The children’s library is moved downstairs.  Public Kindergarten was held at the library for many years.

1962 – An outside book return is added for convenience of patrons.

1976 – The new library (present location) opens on June 1st.  The name is changed to the Robinson Township Library. 

1983 – The Vera Carlisle Newlin Addition is added to the library to serve as a program and meeting room.  It is named for the librarian who served from 1930-1982. The first computers and videos are purchased for the library.

1985 – The library operates a media mobile for almost 2 years as part of  an Illinois State Library Grant project. 

1986 – The Adult Literacy program is funded by the Illinois State Library (the name was later changed to Adult Learning Partners). 

1992 -  The Robinson Endowment Board is established.

1995 -  A referendum is passed in six precincts: Honey Creek 1, Hutsonville 1, Montgomery 1, Oblong 1 & 3, and Prairie 2.  Oblong, Flat Rock, and Hutsonville join the district as branches. 

1996 – The district’s official name becomes the Robinson Public Library District. 

2006 – A Referendum is passed to add Honey Creek #2 to the Robinson Public Library District.

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606 N Jefferson St.
Robinson, IL  62454

FAX: 618-544-7172

Labor Day through Memorial Day
Mon-Thurs: 10-7
Fri-Sat: 10-5:30
Sun: Closed

Memorial Day through Labor Day
Mon: 10-7
Tues-Sat: 10-5:30
Sun: Closed


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