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About Doyle Public Library

Doyle Public Library in Raymond, Illinois is a tax-supported District Library.  Doyle Public Library District includes the villages of Raymond and Harvel, and the surrounding rural areas.

In addition to offering a variety of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Reference books for Juveniles, Young Adults, and Adults, Doyle Public Library offers board books and easy books, an adult book exchange, puzzles, DVDs, CD books, and magazines.  If our library does not have the book a patron seeks, we can obtain it through Interlibrary Loan. Local newspapers are available in bound and micro-film formats, along with a wide variety of genealogical information and community history items.

Wi Fi and computer access are available to patrons free of charge.  There is a nominal fee for making copies, sending or receiving a fax, printing black and white pages, or printing color pages.

The Mission

The mission of the Doyle Public Library is to provide educational, informational, cultural, and recreational resources and services to all ages of people in the Doyle Public Library. The library will provide access to the universe of information, and especially that information which is of immediate relevance and interest to the community it serves.

 The library seeks to accomplish its mission through prudent management and development of its resources, and by providing access to materials and services to meet the present and future needs of the community it serves. In this effort, the Doyle Public Library cooperates with other libraries, and with other educational, and governmental institutions. Special emphasis is placed on current popular materials. The library serves as a learning center and educational center for all residents of the community.

Administration 

Seven elected trustees oversee the library, establishing library policies, budget, and the annual tax levy.  The trustees serve without pay, often volunteering their time to help complete library projects at a lower cost to the taxpayers, and are only reimbursed for actual expenses incurred on the library’s behalf.  The trustees regularly seek advice and guidance from the Illinois State Library, Illinois Heartland Library System, certified professional accountants, and other professionals. 

Doyle Public Library District reports annually to the Illinois State Library, Illinois Secretary of State Office, the Illinois Comptroller’s Office, and the County Clerks of both Montgomery and Christian Counties.  The trustees strive to provide both transparency and accountability in local government.

Doyle Public Library has a competent Library Director. The Library Director oversees daily library operations, and her expertise and input are important considerations in each decision the Trustees make.

Goals

Since the fall of 2013, Doyle Public Library District staff and trustees have been working to update and revitalize the library’s collection and improve access to patrons.  Doyle Public Library is a member of SHARE through the Illinois Heartland Library System.  Patrons are able to check out books from their home computer or mobile device, and have access to over 10 million resources available at libraries throughout Central and Southern Illinois.  Doyle Public Library is also a member of the Cloud Library, Illinois program, which will loan patrons digital books and digital magazines, at no charge. 

Another important goal is to increase the amount of technology available to patrons.  Trustees and staff have already made Wi Fi available and are working to obtain more computers for patron use. 

Providing uniformly gracious and helpful customer service is the number one goal at Doyle Public Library.  Other recent improvements at Doyle Public Library include:

1.  Weeding the entire collection of less relevant and damaged materials, and unnecessary duplicates to make room for newer, more relevant material.

2.  Wi Fi is now available to patrons free of charge.

3.  To assist Panhandle Community Unit School District #2 students, Accelerated Reader books are now marked for easy identification. Inside the front cover, each Accelerated Reader book is labeled with the reading level and point value.

4.  Special attention has been given to expanding the Young Adult collection.

5.  All genealogy and local history materials are now grouped in the same room of the library.  By combining materials from three different rooms into one nook that includes a worktable and computers, local researchers now have dozens of materials conveniently within reach.

6.  All reference materials are now in the same room, providing convenient access for students completing reports, and others gathering information.

7.  Three library computers are now dedicated to patrons.  A dedicated circulation desk computer now means patrons don’t have to wait for the librarian to log off the computer before they have access.  

8.  An updated summer reading program that includes fun, educational events.

9.  An informational website that will keep district residents informed about library events, and offer electronic access to both regular books and e-books.

10.  A Facebook page offering regular information updates to keep the community informed of happenings at Doyle Public Library.

11.  New titles are conveniently located on their own shelf just inside the main door.

12.  The large print collection has been enlarged and placed in a more easily accessible location.

13.  The periodicals selection has been enlarged to accommodate patrons of all ages and include magazines that appeal to some popular interests in our community.

14.  We are in the process of updating our Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Non-Fiction, Easy Reader, and Board Book collections.  Doyle Public Library is also working to supplement the needs of Panhandle Grade School teachers and their students in these areas.

15.  Our video collection is undergoing an update from VHS to DVD.  Thanks to many donations from community members, we have a growing collection of popular movies available.

16. We are working to rejuvenate and expand the books on compact disc (CD) collection and are always glad to obtain CD Books through Interlibrary Loan upon request.