Community Services

Voter Registration

While you can always register to vote online, our Deputy Registrar is happy to help you through the process in person, either using one of our computer stations to submit online or by using a mail-in registration form. Registration typically takes about 5 minutes.

When registering using a mail-in form, you will need to bring two forms of identification from this acceptable forms of ID list. If registering online, you will need:

  • Your Illinois Drivers License or Illinois State ID number
  • The date the license or ID was issued
  • The last four digits of social security number
  • Your birth date.

In addition to registering to vote for the first time, if you’ve moved you’ll need to re-register in order to change your address. More information on voting registration can be found here.

Notary Public

The library does not currently provide notarization as a service

Seed Library

Have you seen the old-fashioned card catalog near the reference desk? It no longer holds records for books, but it does contain the essences of hundreds of other kinds of stories: seeds. Seeds carry with them not only their cultural history, but also the information to grow, produce more seeds, and adapt to new environments. You can become part of their story!

Launched in February 2017 with the support of Seed Savers Exchange, our seed library provides free garden seeds for the use of our community. We’re grateful for seed donations from Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Hudson Valley Seed Company, among others.

New to seed-saving or gardening? Never fear! We have all the resources you need to get started. Stop by the library for the seed-y details!

Ready to get started? Here’s how it works, in a nutshell:

Borrow: Select the seeds you would like to plant, and let library staff know how many varieties you are checking out.

Grow: Follow the instructions, get your hands dirty, and have fun!

Save: Make sure to observe the seed-saving guidelines for your particular variety. When seed is mature, harvest, dry, and store it for use next season.

Return: Seeds don’t last forever; they need to be grown out and renewed. You are invited to return some of your saved seed to the library to be shared with the community again next season. Please make sure to follow carefully the seed-saving guidelines for your particular varieties to ensure that the seeds we offer through the library remain true-to-type and viable for future planting. Thank you!

Explore More Illinois

Explore More Illinois

Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by the library that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues. Simply follow this link to the Explore More portal and enter your library card and PIN to get started

Home Delivery

Are you unable to come to the library due to a temporary or permanent disability? Are you a resident of a retirement community or nursing home and would like your library books delivered? Our Home Delivery Service is free to patrons who are unable to physically visit the library! We bring books, audiobooks, and more directly to your home—for free! All you need is a valid library card.

Call us at 309-274-2719 to schedule a meeting with Lisa and receive help filling out our intake form or, if you’d prefer, download the intake form here and email the completed form to

Deliveries will be made every two weeks unless other arrangements are made.

Test Proctoring

The Chillicothe Public Library District offers proctoring services free of charge. Students are responsible for the coordination between their school or university and the library. Please read the policies below to check whether the library’s service limitations for proctoring fit the needs of your exam.

You must schedule exam proctoring at least two weeks in advance of the test date. Please make an appointment by emailing or calling 309-274-2719.

The student will:

  • Verify the testing institution will allow the library to proctor
  • Schedule an appointment according to institutional guidelines & requirements
  • Allow enough time before the deadline to complete and return the exam
  • Come prepared. Know what you can and cannot have with you on exam day
  • Bring appropriate photo ID to the library on the scheduled exam day
  • Provide postage and mailing supplies if not provided by the school
  • Call the library during inclement weather to verify appointment availability

The library can:

  • Proctor exams for individual students who have made appointments in advance
  • Serve as delivery and return point for mailed, emailed, or faxed exams
  • Proctor both online exams via web-based applications and paper-based exams.
  • Certify that the student has taken an exam according to instructions
  • Return the completed exam via any prepaid method

The library cannot:

  • Accommodate requests for walk-in or unscheduled proctoring
  • Guarantee test date rescheduling without advanced notice
  • Provide a staff member to continuously monitor the exam
  • Verify the correct exam materials have been received by the library
  • Clarify procedural questions or instructions on behalf of the school or instructor
  • Grade exams
  • Guarantee completed exams will be received by a specific deadline
  • Download or install software on library computers for test proctoring