Library Services

Ask a Question

If you’re looking for the blue book value on a car, a source for an obscure quote, or etiquette tips for e-mail, just ask!  Our professional staff is ready to assist you with your information needs.  Staff at the Adult and Youth Services desks are ready to help – no matter what your question may be.

Assistance for the Visually/Physically Impaired

If you are visually or physically impaired, you may qualify for our Kindle lending program.  The library received 13 Kindle Touch devices from an Illinois State Library grant.  If you qualify for the Talking Books Program, the library can help get you a player and show you how to order or download audiobooks. For details or to schedule a presentation for your group, contact Adult Services.

Book a Pro

Book a Pro is a free service to Zion-Benton Public Library cardholders in good standing. Cardholders may make an appointment for individual assistance and instruction on how to use library resources and services. Click on the following links for more information:

Borrow from Other Libraries

If the library does not own an item, we can attempt to borrow it from another library and have it delivered to the Zion-Benton Public Library. Some transactions will involve a fee, which is charged back to you. We will notify you before placing a request if there is a fee. A staff member will be happy to help you.

Bulletin Boards

Bring in items for display!  We have several bulletin boards for community events and information.  Bring items to the Circulation desk and a staff member will coordinate and approve items for display.  Items will be displayed as time and space allow and may be altered to accommodate available space.  Items submitted for display will not be returned.  For more information, read our Use of Facilities Policy.

Community Table

Highlight your local business/organization or raise funds by booking a Community Table in the library’s lobby. The library will try to accommodate specific requests for times and dates.  We’ll provide one table and two chairs.  You must ensure the table is adequately staffed.  All items and displays must be on top of the table and may not interfere with sight lines. No beverages may be sold.  For more information, read our Use of Facilities Policy.

Discover New Authors

Need help finding a good book? Want to read more titles by a favorite author? Our experienced reference staff can help by suggesting titles, authors, or subjects.  If you can’t make it into the library, give NoveList a try!

Exhibits and Displays

Want to showcase your organization or project?  A designated staff member will coordinate and approve all items for exhibit or display.  If an owner does not dismantle a display by or on a predetermined date, library staff will dismantle and store items.  Items not retrieved within 30 days after the end of the display will be disposed of.  For more information, read our Use of Facilities Policy.

Genealogy Help

Interested in tracing your family tree?  For over 20 years, the Library and the Zion Genealogical Society have worked in partnership to help family researchers pursue their hobby. Volunteers from the Zion Genealogical Society hold free workshops every Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Workshops are held in the library’s group study room, conveniently located near the genealogy reference collection. Experienced and enthusiastic help with family history is as close as your library!

Genealogy Resources

Nearly 900 books and dozens of genealogy and local history newsletters from all over the U.S. and Canada are part of ZBPL’s collection. This extensive research collection is shelved in the study room in the Adult Services department.  ZBPL subscribes to two genealogy databases.  HeritageQuest can be access from home through the eResources page.  All you need is your library bar code number. must be accessed from within the library.  Can’t make it to the library?  Call the Adult Reference desk at 847.872.4680, ext. 4.

The library is a FamilySearch affiliate library. This designation means library patrons have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch. FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. There is a nominal fee of $7.50 to order a microfilm. Once the film arrives, patrons use the microfilm viewer at the library.

Group Study Rooms

Rooms are available for use by individuals or groups to the capacity of the study room (six) and may be used for a period of up to two hours.  Reservations for a specific time and day can be made up to one week in advance by calling the library at 847.872.4680.  For more details, read the Use of Facilities Policy.

Holding Items

We’ll be happy to place items on hold for you or you may do it yourself in the library catalog.  When items arrive, our automated system will telephone or email you, depending on how you’ve set your preferences.  You’ll have six days to pick up your hold once you receive a phone call and seven days from the date of the e-mail to pick up your hold.  Click here to register for email notification.


The library has a View Scan reader/printer that allows you to view, print, email and save images to USB.  It reads both microfilm and microfiche.  Print outs may be made via our public print release stations.

Mobile Printing

To print from your phone or other mobile device, email your print job to one of the following addresses: – Black-and-white prints are 15¢ per page. – Color prints are 25¢ per page.

Notary Service

Several staff members are commissioned notary publics and will notarize your important documents at no charge during regular library hours.


Need to make a copy?  We’ll be glad to show you how. Two copiers are available to make black-and-white copies for 15¢ per page. Double-sided copies cost 15¢ for each side.

Proctoring Exams

Staff will proctor exams by appointment, depending on the availability of staff, space, and necessary equipment. Reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance. You will need to provide all of the necessary information prior to your appointment. Proctoring service is free for ZBPL cardholders in good standing. The fee for non-cardholders is $10 per exam. Click here to request Proctoring Service.

  • Paper Tests: provide a self-addressed stamped envelope  (if needed) for staff to return the test to the school. Paper tests will be returned in the library’s outgoing mail on the next business day following the test.
  • Online Tests: Students should test online testing sites in order to make sure they have full access before scheduling a proctor. The library cannot guarantee access to online tests due to network security.

Projectors for Check-Out

We have projectors available for check-out. There is an Infocus X6 projector, with a VGA cable, power cord, control, and bag.  We also have a Kodak Carousel 850H that can be used to view slides. Both can be borrowed for one week.

Remote Printing

If your printer is on the fritz or you need to print from your laptop, use remote printing.  Black-and-white prints cost 15¢ per page/side and color prints cost 25¢ per page/side.  To start, just click here.

Register to Vote

You may register to vote at the library if you are a U.S. Citizen 18 years of age (by the date of the next election) and a resident of your Lake County precinct address for 30 days immediately prior to the next election. Two forms of identification are required to register through a deputy registrar.  At least one of the two forms must show your name and current address, and only one form of identification may be a piece of mail for a contractual service addressed and delivered to you.

Send a Fax

Send your fax from the SimpleScan Station at the Circulation Desk for $1 per page. You can email yourself a confirmation or send it to a print release station.

Traveling Library

The library is committed to providing service to all members of our community. This goal makes it necessary for staff to provide a variety of activities outside the physical library facilities and is identified as Traveling Library Services. A special subset of Traveling Library Services is Homebound Service. This is the provision of home delivery to members with ZB Library cards who have disabilities or disabling conditions that prevent them from coming to the library. Contact Adult Services at 847.872.4680, x 150 or click here to send an email.

Use Other Libraries

You may use other participating Illinois public libraries and check out materials using your Zion-Benton Public Library card.  Return the materials to us and we’ll send them back to the lending library.


Use your own computer – no passwords are needed. Your computer must have wireless capability. Surf the ‘net, email, use the library’s online resources and download eBooks from any spot in the library. Use our remote printing service to print from your laptop.