Community Facilities continued
The public library of Pittsfield has 23,000 volumes and 1,634 members. It provides a variety of services like homebound book service, cassettes, interlibrary loan, large print books, magazines, microfilm, microfilm reader/printer, paperback exchange, reference materials, talking books, videos, audio books, genealogy material and story hour.
The Library in its earliest form started in 1855 with 40 members and 400 volumes. Among the first trustees was John G. Nicloay, then editor of a local newspaper and later to become personal secretary to President Abraham Lincoln. The library moved to its current location (Exhibit 3.11) on May 9, 1907 when it was also opened to the public.
Pittsfield fire protection is provided by a 30 man volunteer fire department. The current insurance class rating for the City is 7.
Police protection for the residents of Pittsfield is provided by three agencies. Illinois State Police District 20 headquarters and the Pike County Sheriff’s department are both located in Pittsfield. The City also has a full time police force of 6 officers.