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Resident: A Lincoln Library card is free to all residents of Capital Township who are age 5 and older. Details on what to bring to obtain your card can be found here.
Non-resident: If you aren’t a resident of Capital Township you may be eligible to obtain a Lincoln Library card for an annual fee. This grants you the same access as a resident card for one year.
Replacement: To obtain a replacement Lincoln Library card, please contact our circulation staff through our Contact Us form.
eCards: Residents of Capital Township can receive an eCard for free. Individuals who qualify for a Non-Resident eCard will have to pay the Non-Resident fee. Please fill out the form here to apply for an eCard.
Student: Lincoln Library and Springfield School District 186 have partnered to provide FREE eCards to all K-12 students who live within District 186 boundaries. Students will be given access to eResources like online homework tutoring, eBooks, eAudiobooks, research tools, and much more. For more information please see our Get a Library Card page.
The library is located at the corner of 7th Street and Capitol Ave in downtown Springfield, across the street from the Lincoln Home.
Metered parking is available on 7th Street or in the parking garage below the library, accessible from 7th street by turning left between Municipal Center West and the library.
We are not the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, which is located at 6th and Jefferson.
Fees for lost and damaged items are the item's list price at time of purchase.
Non-Resident library card fees are $75 per household, per year.
Fees can be paid at the circulation desk with cash, check or credit card. They can also be paid online here.
To request an item, fill out the Request an Item form. If we have the item in our collection, we will place a hold for you and notify you when it becomes available. If we do not own the item, we will request it through interlibrary loan and notify you when it becomes available.
Items can be returned in our book drops. We have book drops located on 7th Street outside the library and at two County Market locations:
1501 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703 (Wednesday pickup)
2777 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62703 (Friday pickup)
To renew your library card, visit the Borrower Services Desk on the 1st floor of the library or call us at 217-753-4900 ext 5625.
We offer free WiFi access. The network name is “Lincoln Library” and there is no password required.
The library offers access to computers on the first floor for those 18 and under and on the second floor for anyone 12 and older. Computers can be accessed using your library card number or by obtaining a guest pass at the Borrower’s Services, Youth Services, or Reference desks.
Printing is available from public computer labs and on mobile. Prints are free for the first 20 pages, then 10 cents for black and white and 25 cents for color. For more information on printing please see this page.
Faxing is available at the Borrower’s Services desk. The first 20 pages are free, then 50 cents per page.
Notary services are available at no charge, by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling (217) 753-4900 ext 5602.
SMTD bus passes are available for purchase at the Borrower’s Services desk. For details on bus passes please see this page.