Rules and Regulations Pertaining to The Illinois Freedom of Information Act

The Graves-Hume Public Library retains records in accordance with directives from the Local Records Unit/Records Management Section/Illinois State Archives/Springfield, Illinois. Records of the Graves-Hume Public Library District are kept at the Library, 1401 West Main Street, Mendota, IL 61342, and are available for supervised public inspection during administrative business hours (Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

Any person requesting records of the Library District must make a request in writing (either in person, or by mail, email or telefax). Your request should include your name, your address, the date, a daytime phone number, and a description of the information you are seeking. A “Records Request Form” is available online or at the Library’s main desk during regular service hours*, but is not required. Written requests for reproduction or inspection of Library records should be addressed to the Library Freedom of Information Officer, Graves-Hume Public Library, 1401 West Main Street, Mendota, IL 61342.

The Graves-Hume Public Library Freedom of Information Officer is Emily Kofoid.

The Graves-Hume Public Library District will comply with or deny such written requests within five (5) business days [twenty-one (21) days for requests for a commercial purpose] after receipt of the written request.

Retrieval and reproduction of records will be done by Library personnel in order to preserve the integrity of the Library records.

Any person who is denied access for reasons stated in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act may appeal to the Public Access Counselor, Public Access Bureau, Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Payment for reproduction or certification must be in cash or by certified check and must accompany the request for records, according to the following fee schedule:

  • Free: The first fifty (50) pages of letter-or-legal size black and white photocopies
  • After the first fifty pages: 25¢ per page
  • Color photocopies and copies sized other than legal or letter size: $1.00 per page
  • Photocopies in public interest: .15¢ per page
  • Free: Electronic format, if available
  • Cost of electronic records such as disks, diskettes, tapes, will be charged at the actual cost of the recording medium
  • Certification: $1.00 per certification