Proudly Serving Bradford Since 1924
Our Misson
* Preserve our history
* Connect with the community
* Enrich the minds of all 


Bradford Public Library District
111 South Peoria Street (Box 249)
Bradford, Illinois 61421
Phone: 309–897–8400
Member, RAILS
Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Monday  10AM to 7PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10AM to 5PM 
Saturday 9AM to Noon 
Closed Sundays and Holidays 

 Sarah Boehm

Nicholas Poignant
Youth Services Librarian


Reaching Across Illinois Library System


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Bradford Area Weather

Village of Bradford news & information

Bradford CUSD # 1

Stark County Illinois Info

Fantastic Fiction

Newspapers Online a senior care resource


Library Board

The Bradford Public Library Board of Trustees
meet the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.


 David Atteberry, Barbara Fehr, Hollie Scott, Letitia Leeper, Betty Hoy, Reva Young, James Owens

Library Policies

Upcoming Events


 Youth Services

Dungeons & Dragons  
Ages 10-13
Tuesday,  January 17 & February 14
3:30 - 5:00 pm 
Ages 14-18
Thursday, January 12 & February 16
4:00 - 6:00 pm 

Nintendo Switch Tournament
Ages 9 - 13
Tuesday, January 24 & February 21
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Wednesdays beginning
February 15, 2023
10:45 a.m.
ages up to and including 5 years old  



Does your child have a library card??

In order for your child (ages under 17) to use the public library computers

they must have a library card signed by their parent/guardian.

Stop in today!




 Our History

October 1900 - 15 Bradford women formed a social club, with a goal of expanding their reading experience. 

August 1902 - The first village library opened in a room over the Fairbanks Harness Shop after having raised $800 to begin their venture.

June 1905 - The club sponsosred an election to approve tax support for the library.  The election was a success.

April 1923 - The Fairbanks building and library burned with all the contents.  Work then began in earnest to secure a new library Building.  The Women's Club contributed $1,500 from their funds.  Four corner stones were sold for $500 each and bricks for 25 cents apiece.  Purchasers of the conerstones were Mr. and Mrs. James Noyes, the James A. Smith Family, the Hinman Memorial, and the Phenix Banking Company.

December 1923 - Work started on the brick building and was completed the following summer.

July 30, 1924 - The Bradford Library held its Grand Opening.

1928 - The Women's League turned the library over to the village board so village tax money could be used for upkeep.

1992 - The voters of the Bradford School District voted to have the Bradford Library become a district library with services free to all residents of the district and with tax support from the entire district.

When the library was first started, it was open for only a few hours, and only two days a week.  At present, the library is open every day except Sunday, for a total of 42 hours per week. 



Adult Services  


The Breakfast Club

meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:30 am - we read a short story together and discuss it.  And of course the coffee pot is on and a lite breakfast is available.

Join Us!


Book Club

Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00 pm ~ Everyone is welcome!


New Fiction
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ~ Taylor Jenkins Reid
The House of Wolves ~ James Patterson
Wtihout a Trace ~ Danielle Steel
Going Rogue ~ Janet Evanovich
The Choice ~ Nora Roberts
Blue Moon Haven ~ Janet Dailey
Light to the Hills ~ Bonnie Blaylock
A Dangerous Business ~ Jane Smiley
The Nazi Conspiracy ~ Brad Meltzer (NF) 

The Woman King
The Chosen: Season 1 & 2

Your library is available 24/7 through our online resources! 

RSA Library Catalog Search

To view the online catalog, renew materials, place a hold, or check the status
 of your Library Account, click the link above.  Please note that
you will need to get an active password from the librarian in order
 to initiate your account.

We are happy to offer three platforms for digital audio, ebooks, and more.
Your login information is the same for all platforms and for the library catalog.  If
you do not know your login information, please contact the library and we will be
happy to assist you. 


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 Download Audiobooks & eBooks

Browse, Check Out, Download....enjoy!  

 Listen to titles on your computer or transfer to supported devices.

Click below and enjoy!

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More ebooks for you to enjoy can be found at
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click below 

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Wonder which book comes next in the series you are reading? Click here...


You can now research local history thru the website listed.

Click on Bradford Republican Newspapers below to access the site or type 
in your web browser. 

Bradford Republican Newspapers


Explore More Illinois a cultural pass program that provides discounts at 
museums, visual and performing arts centers,
park districts, and more
around the state.
Click on Explore More Illinois above to find out more