Illinois & Local History

Clippings and Photos Files

Photos and documents related to the local history of Ottawa and La Salle County are located in the library's Illinois Room. The process of organizing these items and creating finding aids for them is an ongoing process.

The Illinois Room is open to the public during the library's operating hours. Visitors must sign in and check bags (if applicable) at the library service desk to access the room and its resources. Items in the Illinois Room collection do not circulate.

Online information about the history of Illinois and the local area

Cindy's List- Illinois: Directory of genealogy and history websites. Also includes links for specific Illinois localities.

Illinois Digital Archives: A portal to online exhibits and collections from libraries and museums across the state. A project of the Illinois State Library. Additional online collections are searchable through the Digital Illinois catalog.

Illinois State Historical Society: A variety of resources prepared by the Illinois State Historical Society.