Richard A. Mautino

SPring VAlley Library in Winter

Veterans Wing


Kids Books

Meeting Room

Prairie Area Library System








Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library

215 E. Cleveland
Phone: (815)-663-4741

Spring Valley's library has a wide selection of books and periodicals, computer accessibility and children and adult reading programs.

Head Librarian: Barbara White

Children's Librarian: Jeri Loebach

Staff: Ruth Hedgespeth

         Tari Sangston

Upcoming Events

March 8th

The adult Library at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library will host the Illinois Valley Cellular “Smartphones and Safety” program on March 8th from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 

Participants do not need to own a smartphone to attend this program.  Topics that will be discussed: getting to know a smartphone; WiFi and how to connect; basic phone setup and overview; email (send, receive, and attach); picture messaging; voicemail; the app store and how to download apps; button configurations; and fun tips and tricks. 

This program is for any phone with any carrier.


Mautino Memorial Library Gift Card Promotion

The library periodically participates in a gift card propmotion. The library will receive a percentage of every card purchased.


Check with the librarians for the next date available!


ebooks & eAudio books Now Available!


Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting  There are over 40 libraries participating in this service and as a member of OMNI Consortium, Spring Valley patrons will have access to all of the titles in the database not just those of the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library.  Users may browse the OMNI website, check out with a valid Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library card, and download to PC, MAC, and many mobile devices. 

Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.  There are no late fees!  This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card.  Patrons that are interested in this service; please call (815)663-4741 or stop by the library at 215 E. Cleveland Street, Spring Valley to register.




The city of Spring Valley has maintained a library and reading room since 1893. The enterprise had its origin by action of the Knights of Labor. They acted on one of their leading principles – that education is one of the most pressing needs of the workingman, and accordingly organized a library association with benefits free to all who reside within the Spring Valley city limits. The library was in the city hall until it moved in to the new Carnegie Library in 1912. Formerly the Spring Valley Public Library, the library was dedicated to the memory of the late State Representative Richard A. Mautino January 4, 1992. Mr. Mautino was appointed to the Spring Valley Library Board in August of 1966 and served until 1973. The library board felt this was a fitting way to honor all of Mr. Mautino’s accomplishments for the library and for the city of Spring Valley. Mr. Mautino passed away August 29, 1991. A paved parking lot was added to the west of the building, along with an elevator and handicapped restrooms in 2001. Thanks to the generosity of the members of the American Legion, Dominic O’Berto Post 182; a matching gift from an anonymous family; a bequest from the late Anna Schlitt; and donations from many individuals, businesses and organizations; the Veterans’ Wing to the library was completed in 2004. Additional funding for the project was provided from the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White using Live & Learn Construction Funds. The donations combined with library savings funds made the addition possible without any tax increase to the community. The new addition nearly doubled the original Carnegie building and includes a children’s library and community room. It was dedicated, during the June 13, 2004 grand opening, as the Veteran’s Wing in honor of the American Legion and its members who got the project started with their donation, and in remembrance of all our veterans.


Currently the library holds over 35,000 titles; approximately 20,000 in the Adult Library and 15,000 in the Children’s. The library offers a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books that may be checked out for a two-week period. Most books may also be renewed, if needed longer. The library also has an extensive reference collection that may be looked at in the library only. There are also many magazines, books on tape, and books on compact disks that are available to be checked out for a two-week period. Videos, DVD’s and music CD’s may be checked out for a one-week period. No materials will be checked out to persons with outstanding fines. As a member of the Prairie Area Library System, we are happy to order items through interlibrary loan if we do not have them here. However, this service is only provided if the patron has no outstanding fines. The length of time you may keep an interlibrary loan item will vary from library to library, but generally interlibrary loan items go out for three weeks. All rules and regulations of the lending library will be obeyed. To obtain a library card in the adult library, a person must be at least in junior high, they must reside within the Spring Valley City limits, and they must present two forms of identification; one which has a photo and one which has their current address on it. Out of town borrower cards are available at a cost of $45.00 per year per family. To replace a lost or damaged library card, the cost is $5.00.


A meeting room is available during library hours. A reservation request form must be filled out at the library and must reserve the room in advance. No reservations over the phone. The room has a sink & television with DVD player.


All persons who hold a Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library card are eligible to borrow materials from any of the libraries that are members of the Prairie Area Library System, provided they have no overdue materials or outstanding fines. Among the libraries in the Reading Actross Illinois Library System (RAILS) are Peru, LaSalle, Princeton, and many others. You will need to present your library card to check out materials from any of these other member libraries. For computer usage, see attached sheet(s). The adult library also has a copy machine and laminating services for its patrons. Black & WHite Photocopies are $0.20 cents and color are $0.50 cents per page and laminating fees are $0.50 cents per foot of material laminated. A fax machine is also available with the following fees: to send a fax the first sheet is $2.00 and for every sheet after the first is $1.00 per page, to receive a fax, the first sheet is $1.00 per page, and for every sheet after the first is 50 cents per page. An international fax is $3.00 per minute. A microfilm reader and a phone for the deaf are also available in the adult library. Any over due items (excluding videos & DVD’s) will be charged ten cents per day, per item (excluding Sundays and holidays observed by the library) in the adult and children’s library. Videos and DVD’s that are overdue are charged $0.25 cents per day per item.

Library Computer and Internet Use Policies



  • Monday: 10 – 7

  • Tuesday: 10 – 7

  • Wednesday: 10 – 7

  • Thursday: 2 – 7

  • Friday: 10 – 5

  • Saturday: 9 – 2

  • Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours(June 6th - Aug. 14th)

  • Monday: 10 – 5

  • Tuesday: 10 - 5

  • Wednesday: 10 – 5

  • Thursday: 2 – 7

  • Friday: Closed

  • Saturday: 9 – 2

  • Sunday: Closed

Fall/Winter Hours: (Begins August 16th)

  • Monday:
    10 – 12; & 3 – 7

  • Tuesday: 3 – 7

  • Wednesday:
    10 – 12; & 3 – 7

  • Thursday: 3 – 7

  • Friday: Closed

  • Saturday: 9 – 2

  • Sunday: Closed


Tuesday Night Pre K - K

Story Times

5:30pm - 6:00pm. 
Ages 3-5. Siblings welcome!  Remember, good listeners...great times!  Stories, finger plays, giggles and more

Children's Room

Lower Level

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