About Us


With 95 years of experience, the Clinton Township Public Library is here to serve you.  Our desire is to meet all your library needs.  For announcements and current happenings, see Library News.


Clinton Township Public Library
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act

I.                    A brief description of our public body is as follows:

A.       Our purpose is to provide materials, programs and services to meet the educational and recreational needs of the residents of all ages.

B.      An organizational chart is attached

C.      The total amount of our operating budget for FY 2012 is $121,050.

Funding sources are property and personal property replacement taxes, state and federal grants, foundation grants, fines, charges, and donations.

D.       The office is located at this address:  110 South Elm Street, Waterman, IL 60556

E.       We have approximately the following number of persons employed:

a.       Full-time              0

b.      Part-time             5

F.       The following organization exercises control over our policies and procedures:  The Clinton Township Public Library Board of Library Trustees, which meets monthly on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., at the library.  The members of the Board of Trustees are:  Betsy Shapiro, President; Robert Bend, Treasurer; Christina Bystry-Busch, Secretary; Susan Kauffman; Rita Nielsen; Laura Edwards; and Carol Peterson.

G.     We are required to report and be answerable for our operations to: Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois.  Its members are: State Librarian, Jesse White (Secretary of State); Director of State Library, Ann Craig; and various other staff.

II.                  You may request the information and the records available to the public in the following manner:
Use request form (see file)

A.      Your request should be directed to the following individual: Nancy Radtke FOIA officer.

B.      You must indicate whether you have a “commercial purpose” in your request.

C.      You must specify the records requested to be disclosed for inspection or to be copies.  If you desire that any records be certified, you must specify which ones.

D.      To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing and certifying (if requested) the records, you will be charged the following fees:

There is a $1.00 charge for each certification of records.
There is no charge for the first fifty (50) pages of black and white text either letter or legal size;

There is a $.10 per page charge for copied records in excess of 50 pages;

The actual copying cost of color copies and other sized copies will be charged.

E.       If the records are kept in electronic format, you may request a specific format and if feasible, they will be so provided, but if not, they will be provided either in the electronic format in which they are kept (and you would be required to pay the actual cost of the medium only, i.e. disc, diskette, tape, etc.) or in paper as you select.

F.       The office will respond to a written request within five (5) working days or sooner if possible.  An extension of an additional five (5) working days may be necessary to properly respond.

G.     Records may be inspected or copies.  If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.

H.      The place and times where the records will be available are as follows; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, Clinton Township Public Library

III.                Certain types of information maintained by us are exempt from inspection and copying.  However, the following types or categories of records are maintained under our control:

A.       Monthly Financial Statements

B.      Annual Receipts and Disbursements Reports

C.      Budget and Appropriation Ordinances

D.      Levy Ordinances

E.       Operating Budgets

F.       Audits

G.     Minutes of the Board of Library Trustees

H.      Library Policies

I.        Adopted Ordinances and Resolutions of the Board

J.        Annual Reports to the Illinois State Library


Our Services for You

Your Library Card

Library cards are provided free of charge to all residents of Clinton Township, 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. 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 or is currently checked out, you can go to the online catalog, "PrairieCat" to place a hold on the item.  PrairieCat can be accessed through this website by clicking on the Catalog tab located at the top of the page.  Reserved items must be picked up within three library business days after you are called or emailed, as other patrons may be on the waiting list.

Programs and Events

Various events and programs are scheduled throughout the year.   See our calendar for details.


The library has computers with high-speed Internet access available for public use.  Everyone who uses a library computer must complete an internet agreement form and follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.  Children under the age of 18 need the signature of a parent or legal guardian. 

Photocopiers and Fax Machine

Staff members will make copies and send faxes for you.  Copies are $.10 each and faxes are $1.00 per page.


Library Policies

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

Behavior in the Library

If a patron is creating a disturbance or causing problems in the library, the library staff has the authority or right to tell that patron to leave the library.  If that patron refuses to comply and continues to cause problems, the police will then be contacted to eject that patron from the library.


Circulation Policy

Individuals presenting valid borrower's cards issued by the Clinton Township Public Library are eligible to borrow materials from the library when the following conditions are met:

1. No materials are overdue on their card.
2. No outstanding fines in excess of $5.00 on their card.
3. No materials borrowed for them from another library are overdue in any amount.

The library staff may not waive these regulations without the specific permission of the library director, however, the patron may request a hold on the item he or she wishes to check out to allow the patron to correct the situation which has resulted in loss of eligibility to borrow.

Individuals presenting a valid card from another public library in Illinois may borrow materials from the Clinton Township Public Library.  The card must have the name of the individual presenting it, and a future expiration date.

Length of Loans:

Books, audio books, and cds may be checked out for 2 weeks with 2 renewals possible.  Magazines are checked out for 1 week.  Patrons may check out up to 10 of each of these items.  Videos and DVDs may be checked out for one week.  Ten Videos, 2 DVDs and 2 new DVDs per card are allowed and may be renewed two times if there are no holds on them.

Overdue Materials:

Books:  $.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item
Audio books:  $.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item
Magazines:  $.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item
CDs:  $.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item
DVDs and Videos:  $1.00 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item

Lost and /or damaged materials:

Materials borrowed are the responsibility of the library patron.  Replacement cost is the responsibility of any patron who borrows and loses any library material.  In the case of children under the age of 18, the guardian who signed their card will be held responsible to pay for lost or damaged items in accordance with the following schedule of terms:

1.  Retail replacement cost of any item which is lost or damaged beyond repair and for which a current price can be found.  There will be an additional $5.00 processing fee.
2.  For minor repair the cost will be determined by director.



Community Room Use

Our basement children's room is available upon request for community activities.  Please contact the Library Director for information concerning the possibility of using the room.

Computer/Internet Use

The library reserves the right to limit, refuse, and/or ban any patron from using the library equipment and computers.  Use is limited to patrons in good standing, i.e., all fines have been paid, all overdue materials have been returned, any lost materials have been paid for, and the patron has a current local library card.

Anyone under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while using library computers for internet purposes.  Reservations for equipment or computer use can be made at the reservation desk and without them usage is on a "first come, first served" basis.  However, all users shall log in at the circulation desk prior to use to avoid conflicts with reserved times.  If a user has not logged in at the circulation desk, that user will be required to give up the usage if a patron who has logged in or made a reservation is waiting.

Usage is limited to half-hour blocks, however, the user may continue to use the computer in 30 minute intervals until another person wishes to use it.  If a person is more than 15 minutes late for a reserved time, the computer becomes open.  If a person is less than 15 minutes late, the allocated time will not be extended to reflect the tardiness.  Copyright laws forbid duplication of copyrighted software.  The Library may restrict the use of personal software on library computers.  Library software shall not be copied and must  be returned to the circulation desk before use of another software product.  There is a charge of $.25 for black and white and $1.00 for color, per page of printing from a library computer. 


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Unattended Children

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History of the Library

In 1904 the Waterman Women's Club began the Clinton Township Public Library as a reading room.  A committee solicited books, periodicals, and cash contributions until the club had a large enough collection to justify renting a room above Dean's Drug Store.  Until 1910 the club financed the library through various fund-raising projects.  It also successfully petitioned the voters of Clinton Township to elect a library board and to establish a tax-supported public library in 1911.

Funding from Andrew Carnegie was first requested by a representative of the women's club in 1905, but formal application was not made until June 14, 1911.  This application, sent in by the library board of trustees, met with no response, so the board wrote again on August 6, 1912.  On January 31, 1913, Clinton Township was offered $3500 for library construction.

A special election was called and voters passed a resolution to support annually a new library with at least 10 percent of the $3500 request from Carnegie.  In 1913, at a township meeting, a request was made for a two-and-a-half-mill tax, the money to be used for constructing a basement under the proposed library.  A site at the end of Main Street was chosen because it was centrally located in the village.

Some of the men in the community got together and dug the basement with horse-drawn scoops, although work on the building itself was delayed until June 29, 1914 because of a brick makers' strike.  Designed by the architectural firm of Ashby and Sons of Chicago, the square brick building ws constructed by Benjamin Zolper and Sons of Mendota, Illinois.  At the time of construction, Clinton Township was the smallest governmental unit in the United States to have secured a Carnegie library.

Although the Clinton Township Public Library remains essentially unchanged, a number of improvements have been made over the year, including some electrical rewiring, replacement of the original fixtures with fluorescent lights, and installation of a dropped ceiling.  The interior walls are also now covered with pecan paneling.

Since 1916, one of the duties of the librarian has been to keep a historical scrapbook of news items of important events which have occurred in the village and township.  This includes such personal items as births, obituaries, weddings, as well as clippings about various organizations, schools and churches.

Job Openings

Our job openings are posted on the Prairie Area Library System website.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact the library for volunteer information.

Illinois State Library Services

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