About Us

The Charles B. Phillips Public Library District began in 1924 as a Mother's Club.  1960 with a generous donation from Mr Charles B. Phillips the Library we have today was built . 2002 a referendum was passed creating the Charles B. Phillips Public Library District.  For announcements and current happenings, see Library News.

Our Services for You

Your Library Card

Library cards are provided free of charge to all residents of our district, 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, ask us to borrow it from another library for you.  You may place orders for materials through the online catalog.  Through the Prairie Area Library System (PALS), we have access to over 1.5 million items.  It may also be possible for us to locate and borrow items beyond the range of PALS.

Programs and Events

We have a regular schedule of educational and cultural events for all ages. See our calendar for details.


Seven computers are availabe for public access in the Adult department.  There isa catalog access terminals located in the Adult department.  All public access computers are attached to the copier.  The fee for print-outs are $0.10 for black and white, $0.25 for color.  Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.

Photocopiers and Fax Machine

Photocopier is available for the public use. The photocopier produces black and white copies, plus color.

Letter-size - b&w 10 cents, color 25 cents

legal size - b&w 15 cents, color 30 cents

Please ask staff  for assistance

Library Policies

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

Circulation Policy

Lenth of loan periods shall be as follows:

    Books, audios, videos, magazines     - two weeks

All items may be renewed twice unless there is a hjold on it by another person.

Fine schedule shall be as follows:

      Book, audios, and magazines    10 cents per day

      DVD's                                                $1.00 per day


Lost or damaged books or items will be paid for by the patron at the price indicated.  If an interlibrary loan item is lost or damaged, charges will be assessed to the patron based on the advice of the owning library agency.  Use of the library may be suspended until payment is made.

Computer/Internet Use

Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege.  Misuse or abuse of Internet access computers will result in the suspension of Internet access privileges.  Patrons are limited to one hour per day on internet computers with the exception of school related research.

The Charles B. Phillips Public Library District assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by children.  The Library does not monitor, and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  Not all information available via the Internet is accurate, current, or complete.  It is not possible for library staff to control specific information children or young adults may locate on the Internet.  Just as librarians do not espouse the viewpoints of written material in their collections, they do not do so for electronic information.

We do not condone, nor will tolerate using library computer resources to break any law.  Nor will we tolerate accessing and viewing sites which are abscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or indecent.  Not abiding by this rule will cause Internet privileges to be revoke for three(3) months on the first offense; if a second offense occurs privileges will be revoked indefinitely.



The liberary always accepts book donations.  Donated books will be evaluated with our standard selection criteria.  Those that meet the criteria will be added to the library collection; those that don't will be added to teh library book sale.  The library does not appraise the value donations.  If you wish to have an appraisal, please do so before donating to the library.


The library also weclomes monetary gifts, beguests, or momorials as long as their use is not restricted by conditions which would conflict with the standard practice and policies of the library.

Monetary donor's names and gifts are kept on file at the library.  Gift and memorial books will be shelved with the regular collection.  Special provision is made to label gifts, memorials, or beguests.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Freedom of Information Act

1.  a Brief description of our public body is as fllows:

           A. Our purpose is to provide materials and services for the recreational, social, informational, and educational need of the community.

          B.  An organizational chart is attached.

          C.  the total amount of our operating budget for FY2009/2010 is $130,488.  Funding sources are property and personal property replacement tazex, state and federal grants, fines, charges, and donations.  Tax levies are:

                                                Corporate purposes (for general operating expenditures)                                                                                                             

           D. the office is located at this address: 6 N Jackson Street, Newark, IL 60541

           E. We have the following number of persons employee:

                                1. Part-time            4

           F. The following organizational exercises control over our policies and procedures: The Charles B. Phillips Public Library District Board of Library Trustees, which meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 pm at the Library.

           Its members are President David Drew, Vice-President Karen Breunig, secretary Linda Berry, Treasurer Barbara Sucuch, Laurie Borneman, Joann Eike, and Margaret Lubinski.

           G.  we are required to report and be answerable for our operations to the Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois.  Its members are: State Librarian Jesse White (Secretary of State); Director of State Library, Anne 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

         Your request should be directed to the following individual: David Drew, FOIA Officer.

         You mustindicate whether you have a "commercial purpose" in your request.

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

        To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing and certifying (if requested) tyhe resords, you will be charges the following fees:

                                       $0.10 per page for employee copied records

                                        $1.00 per page for certification of records

    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 (andyou would berequired to pay the actual cost of the medium only, i.e. disc, diskette, tape, ect.) or in paper as you select.

   The office will respopnd 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.

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


   You may appeal the decision of the FOIA officer to the Board of Library Trustees.

   The Place and times where the recoprds will be available are as follows:

           1 - 6 pm Monday

            1 - 7 pm Tuesday & Thursday

           10 am - 6 pm    Wednesday

            1 - 4 pm  Friday

     Charles B. Phillips Public Library, Administrative Offices.

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. Annual Audits

       G. Minutes of the Board of Library Trustees

       H. Library Polices, including Materials Selection

       I.  Annual Reports to the Illinois State Library

      J. Adopted Ordinances and Resolution of the Board

IV.  Please see the Charles B. Phillips Public Library organizational chart

                               Board of Library Trustees

                                        Seven members


                                      Library Director


                                        Library Clerks






















































History of the Library

. The Charles B. Phillips LIbrary began as a Mother's club in 1924.  The names was changed to Newark Womens Club in 1934 to permit greater diversity of members.

The Newark Mothers Club was intrumuntal in starting the Newark Community Library, the nucleus of the library being books that were donated or loaned by club members.   Books were borrowed from State Library at Springfield and Miss Amy Brown was the first librarian.  From the beginning, club members have alternated in acting as librarian.  (The only time the librarian was salaried was when the library was under the supervision of the W. P. A. --Works Prpgress Administration.)

The first Newark Community Library was a building adjacent to the Newark Fire House, 109 Front Street.  In 1955 when the lot was neded for expansion of the Newark Fire House this first library building was sold and moved to 206 Johnson Street, where it serves as a garage. 

In 1935 the books were moved from 109 Front Street location to 105 Front Street.  In 1942 the library books were moved to 102 Front street. however they only stayed there for a short time before they were moved to 109 N. Jackson Street.  Newark Women's Club purchased a bungalow in 1945 and it was thought that the library had a perment home. However, before many years passed it was realized that the increased volume of books required a larger building.

In 1961 Mr. Charles B. Phillips of Aurora, Illinois was approached by two courageousLadies for the Newark Womens's Club asking for his help in building a library in his native village.  He seemed pleased with this idea and generously gave $20,000.  He had one wish, that was the it must be started bwefoer the first of 1962.  The Solne building and two lots on Jackson street were  purchased in the fall of 1961 The building was razed by men of the Newarl community and construction of the new library begun immeditely.  The library was completed in the spring of 1962, and open June 3, 1962.

1999 the Newark Women's Club became the Friends of the Library.

2002 The Friends decided that the Library should become a Library District and put for a referendum which was passed.  July 2003 Charles B. Phillips Public LIbrary District became a full member inthe Prairie Area Library System open its door to the public.

Staff Directory

Library Director  Lynette Heiden     laheiden@cbplib.us

Adult Services/Marketing Coordinator - Melissa Turner Melissa.Heiden@cbplib.us

Preschool Coordinator/Library Clerk- Fawnia Stanford

Library Clerk - Teresa Akre

Library Clerk - Susan Fruland



Friends of the Library

Be a Friend of the Charles B. Phillips Public Library, a non-profit group interested in supporting the Library.


The Friends purpose:

If you are interested in the Charles B. Phillips Library, enjoy using it's resources, join the Friends in supporting it and helping it coontinute to grow.

Membership Dues $10.00

Please contact the Library if you are interested in becoming a Friend. 

An application is available at the check out desk.

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