The Sangamon Valley Collection (SVC), located on the third floor of Lincoln Library, provides in-depth resources for the study of Springfield, Illinois, Sangamon County and the ten adjacent counties. The collection, established in 1970, contains materials from the past and present. The Sangamon Valley Collection is a non-circulating collection.
Sangamon Valley Collection
326 S. 7th St.
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 753-4900 ext. 5634
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