Special Collections

The Jacksonville Public Library maintains a Special Collection Room which is made up of material pertaining to the history and people of Jacksonville and Morgan County. Introduce yourself to the most popular parts of our Special Collection with our getting started guide.
Highlights of the Special Collection Room include:
Jacksonville City Directories  (1866-Present)
Morgan County Atlas and Plat Books
Morgan County Cemetery Indexes (available online here)
Local History Vertical Files (containing photographs, newspaper clippings and other assorted materials)
All Special Collection material is available for use in the library only; however, all books in the Special Collection can be found using the library's catalog. Materials housed in the Special Collection room cannot be copied. The Special Collection Room is not a browsing area.  Any hours the library is open, the library staff will pull requested items from the room for patron use.
The Jacksonville Public Library also maintains microfilmed copies of local Jacksonville newspapers dating as far back as the 1830's. The microfilm may be viewed, printed, or scanned using one of the library's microfilm readers. Jacksonville Public Library cardholders can access many of these newspapers from home using the newspaper database the library subscribes to. In addition to all of the above, the library subscribes to two databases (Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online) and provides access to other free genealogy sites through its website. Non-cardholders can access these resources inside the library.
Additional genealogical help may be found locally at the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society Library (416 S. Main), at Illinois College, or the Morgan County Clerk's office located inside the county courthouse building.