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Mascoutah Public Library - Your Link to Literacy - Since 1929

Library Services


Library Services


Inter-library Loan

Mascoutah Public Library is a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System which connects us with libraries throughout the state of Southern Illinois and beyond.  If we do not own materials you need, we can borrow them from another library.  We will locate a specific book or magazine article for you, or you may submit a subject request.

Reference Service

Whenever possible, staff members will help patrons find answers to reference questions by leading them to appropriate materials for searching.  Phone reference calls are always welcome.

Voter Registration

You may register to vote or change your voter address at the library.

Computers for Public Use in the Library

7 stations are provided for Public Access to the Library Catalog, Internet Resources, or email.  3 computers are reserved in the teen room for children middle school through high school to use. We also have one iMac computer for use and laptops available for use if all computers are full. Each patron is allowed one hour per day on the Internet.

Genealogists may use the computer located in the Microfilm Room for Family History research, including a search of the index to the beginning years of the Mascoutah Herald.           

More In-Library Services

Photocopier and Scanner

Copies are made for the public at the rate of 25 cents per sheet.  Items to be copied must qualify under federal copyright laws.  Several sizes of paper are available as well as enlarging and reducing capabilities. Scans cost 25 cents per scan and can be sent to a number of library computers or stored on a flash drive.


The Library will send and receive domestic faxes for the price of $1 per page. Cover sheets are provided for free.


Library users may ask for assistance from the staff to view or print from the following microfilm.

  • The Mascoutah Herald from 1884 to the present
  • Federal Census for St. Clair County from 1820 to 1930
  • The Nashville Journal from 1863 to 1960 (missing Nov-Dec, 1870, 1888, 1896 & Jan – May, 1909).
  • The Nashville News From 1958 to 1978 (missing 1965 & Jan – Feb, 1973)

Teacher Services

Teachers at Mascoutah Elementary School or Holy Childhood School may request our Book Box service.  Made-to-order classroom collections on a subject, an author, or fiction can be selected according to your grade level or class size. These items must be checked out on the teachers personal library card. Once checked out the teacher is responsible for all items on their record.