Fun Facts About IHLS Libraries!
IHLS has at least two of the oldest public libraries in Illinois – Edwardsville Public Library and Belleville Public Library. Edwardsville’s library was begun by a group of ladies who started a subscription library the year after Illinois became a state (1819). For a dime a month you could be a member. The collection traveled around – church pews, a store on Main Street, etc. Andrew Carnegie gave $12,500 to Edwardsville to build a library in 1904/05 and the library was dedicated in 1906.