Programs & Exhibits

The Library is a multi-faceted educational institution that offers a variety of instructional and cultural programming for visitors of all ages.  Library classrooms are available for scheduled school groups, and such public programs as exhibits, book discussions, and lectures often take place in the Library.

At times the Library’s atrium is transformed into an exhibit hall that showcases materials from the Library’s collections.  The occasional exhibits on particular topics in Illinois history are intended to be accessible to visitors of all ages, who will enjoy studying the photographs and graphics and reading the accompanying interpretative labels for additional information.

Here is your opportunity to explore the holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s collections on Illinois history.  Manuscripts, images, newspaper coverage, and rare published titles are shared with the audience in an up-close look at what the history of the Prairie State.  These sessions unite holdings from throughout the library’s collections to highlight the chosen topic.  The programs begin at 5:30 p.m. on third Tuesday evenings in January, March, and May, with doors open beginning at 5:15 p.m.  They are free and open to the public, with registration available here.

  • March 17th—Illinois Women
  • May 19th—Soldiers and Veterans Organizations

“The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book.”                  —Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons, 1862