Winnebago Public Library

210 N. Elida Street Winnebago, IL 61088 815-335-7050 - Phone 815-335-7049 - Fax Regular Library Hours Mon - 10:00am to 8:00pm Tue - 10:00am to 8:00pm Wed - 10:00am to 8:00pm Thu - 10:00am to 8:00pm Fri - 10:00am to 6:00pm Sat - 9:00am to 3:00pm Sun - Closed Library may close for special circumstances, holidays, and during an emergency.
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Winnebago Public Library District Joins PrairieCat On Thursday, January 25, 2024, the Winnebago Public Library District will become an active member in PrairieCat, a regional shared library catalog, providing new features to the library’s patrons and enhanced services and efficiencies for library staff. The library received a grant from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) to help with the upfront costs of this membership. The PrairieCat online catalog includes more than five million items from 138 libraries. The catalog provides easy searching, relevance ranking, and other tools to make finding items easier. Syndetics Unbound, a catalog enrichment service, provides additional information on materials and allows users to easily find their next great pick. Winnebago Public Library District patrons in good standing can place holds on items right from the online catalog nearly 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can easily see if and where an item is available. They can then have the item delivered directly to Winnebago Public Library District through the RAILS delivery system. In My Account on the PrairieCat catalog, patrons can check account status, view their items checked out, and update their personal information online. They can renew materials online or over the phone. They can pay fines or fees online via credit card. They can also suspend or cancel their own holds. And, they can store reading history and create lists to make research and classwork easier. Patrons can sign up to receive hold and overdue notices via email, phone or text message. PrairieCat membership also benefits the library staff. Being part of a shared catalog greatly reduces the cost of making the library collection accessible online. The library benefits from centralized hosting, increased security, robust training, and technology and software support. Many more routine staff processes are automated, so library staff can focus more on patron support and services. “PrairieCat is thrilled that Winnebago Public Library District is joining,” said Carolyn Coulter, Director of PrairieCat. “Shared library catalogs like PrairieCat are a wise use of resources and improve the experience of Illinois’ library users.” The Winnebago Public Library District is located in Winnebago, IL. It serves a population of approximately 7,300 in the service area. The library circulates more than 34,000 items annually. PrairieCat is an integrated library system (ILS) serving 22 counties and 138 public, school, academic, and special libraries across Northern Illinois. Through resource sharing agreements, patrons of PrairieCat member libraries gain access to more than 5 million items via interlibrary loan among members. The organization provides libraries with access to online systems, support, and training to help them best serve their patrons and students. See more information at RAILS provides delivery, shared online catalog support, e-book services, continuing education programs, communication services, and other support to all types of libraries in northern and western Illinois. The system serves private, public, school, and university libraries in a 27,000 square mile area. More information at