Our library, housed at the Victorian Home Museum, contains hundred of pieces of printed matter related to the history of St. Clair County from its foundations in 1790 to the present day.

See the list below for a representative sample of our holdings and check our blog often for updates regarding our library and other resources for research.

To contact us regarding our research library, click here.


Our library is available for researchers and other interested parties during the opening hours of the Victorian Home Museum (Monday-Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm, excluding holidays).

For the use of our library, we ask visitors for a donation of $2.00 per day plus nominal fees for use of the photocopier. Use of our library is always free for members of the Society. To learn more about becoming a member, click here.


Here is a sample of the holdings in our library:

  • Brink, McDonough and Company, History of St. Clair County, 1686-1881.
  • A.S. Wilderman and A.A. Wilderman, Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of St. Clair County, 2 vols., 1907.
  • Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 1910-2009.
  • John Reynolds, My Own Times and Pioneer History of Illinois
  • Gustave Koerner, Memoirs of Gustave Koerner, 2 vols., 1909
  • Belleville City Directories: 1868-1869, 1906-1909, 1912-1917, 1923-2010
  • St. Clair County Atlases: 1874, 1901, 1936, 1956
  • Journal of the St. Clair County Historical Society, 1965-present
  • Illinois Blue Book, 1911-2002
  • Centennial History of Illinois, vols. 1-5.
  • Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois: Revised Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men, 8 vols., 1900
  • Illinois Historical Collections, vols. 2-30.