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2022 Election Calendar

Due to the delay in the 2020 Census, the 2022 Illinois primary election will be three months later than normal.

Illinois Primary

March 30–June 23      Vote by mail applications accepted

May 19                      Early voting begins, vote by mail ballots mailed                               

June 27                     Last day for early voting 

June 28                     Primary Election Day    

U.S. General Election  

November 8               General Election Day

For more information on elections, visit the Madison County Clerk’s office at

Register to Vote at the Library

Hayner Library offers voter registration at our Downtown Library and Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall. Please call ahead before arriving at the library to ensure that a voter registrar is available. You must present two forms of identification, one of which must include your current name and residential address.

You can register to vote throughout the year except during the twenty-seven days before an election. Between twenty-seven and seven days before an election you must use Grace Period Registration.

Looking for Your Polling Place?

Visit the Madison County Clerk’s website at Click on “Elections,” select “Where to Vote” from the drop-down menu, then choose “Polling Place on Election Day.” Fill in the “Voter Information Search" box. From here, you will be shown your polling place, congressional district, legislative district, and representatives.

Grace Period Registration

You may register to vote in the County Clerk’s office starting the day after the close of registration through Election Day. You must also vote at the time of registration during Grace Period Registration.

You may register and vote at any early voting location starting fifteen days before the election through Election Day.

Madison County Clerk's Office
157 North Main Street, Suite 109
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Check Out a Pedometer at Hayner Library

PedometersMall walkers and outdoor walkers! Stop by Hayner Library and check out a pedometer with your library card. Pedometers can be borrowed for two weeks and possibly renewed (if there are no outstanding holds). Keep track of your steps and enjoy the physical activity of walking.

Pedometers track the number of steps taken in a day and are a popular tool for motivating physical activity. Both our physical and mental health benefit from walking. Try using a pedometer this winter and add more steps to your day!

And while you’re at the library, be sure to pick up a hiking guide with trail maps for great local areas to walk.

Check Out a Laptop or Hotspot with Your Hayner Library Card

Hayner Library is pleased to announce that we now have laptops and hotspots available for check out at the Downtown Library and Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall. Patrons age eighteen and older can now check out a laptop or hotspot with a Hayner Library card. The funding for this program was made possible through the Illinois State Library's Expanding Digital Inclusion: Transforming Library Services grant. 

  • Patrons must be a Hayner Library cardholder in good standing (unexpired card and no outstanding fines over $5.00).
  • Patrons must fill out a Library Electronic Device Agreement form when checking out a laptop or hotspot.
  • Laptops and hotspots can be checked out for two weeks and can be renewed once if no other patrons are waiting for a device. 
  • Overdue fees are $5.00 per day, per device. Wi-Fi service will be turned off to any overdue hotspot devices. 
  • For security and privacy reasons, the laptops are programmed to delete any information saved to the computer each time the device is rebooted. Therefore, patrons must use their own flash drive to save all work. 
  • Laptops and hotspots cannot be returned in the book drop; patrons must return the devices to the Hayner Library location from which they were checked out.
  • Patrons are responsible for returning the devices in working order and with all components intact. Patrons are responsible for replacement costs for any lost or damaged devices and components. 

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Community Resource Information Available at Hayner Library

Hayner Library has created several service-oriented guides to help you navigate resources and information on a variety of topics. The guides are available at the library and online (below). For more information about these resources, please contact the Reference department at 618-462-0677, ext. 2849, or

Community Support Services Booklet

Public libraries promote democracy in many ways; one way is to connect people to information and services. To reach out to all in the community, Hayner Library has developed a Community Support Services resource guide. The booklet is meant to help the homeless or anyone in need of social services. It offers a list of local shelters, food sources, free legal services, aging assistance, crisis help, disabilities support, homeless assistance, veterans support, warming/cooling centers, and more. Booklets are distributed throughout the community at hospitals, clinics, crisis centers, and other local organizations. You can pick up a free copy at any Hayner Library location. If you would like some booklets for your organization, please contact the Reference department at 618-433-2864 and we will be happy to supply you with copies. Click here to view the Community Support Services Booklet


Directory of Community Mental Health Resources

Libraries provide an important link to promoting general well-being through our collections and knowledge of information resources. Hayner Library has many mental health and well-being resources in our collection, including our Directory of Community Mental Health Resources. The directory was developed to help patrons locate reliable mental health organizations within the local community. Click here to view the Directory of Community Mental Health Resources


Homeschooling Resource Booklet

Hayner Library supports homeschoolers through our many resources (print and online) and programming. The guides contain information on homeschooling websites, Hayner Library resources, special materials, educational enrichment, parent/teacher books, and more. Click here to view the Homeschooling Resource booklet


Job Help To-Go 

Are you looking for employment? To help with your job search, Hayner Library has put together a Job Help To-Go kit. This kit is a one-stop job fair all in one packet! Job Help To-Go packets contain information focused on job-searching, skill-building, resume writing, and career-building. Contents include instructional information pertinent to job searching, lists of local work resources, brochures from the nearby Madison County Employment & Training Center, a list of job-seeking sites and job hunting books, study guides, and test prep books available in the Hayner Library collection. If you are looking for employment and need help getting started, stop by Hayner Library for a quick jump-start! Pick up a folder at Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall or the Downtown Library (not available online).

Hayner Library is Passport to Your National Parks Stamp Site!

Looking for Lincoln 2The Genealogy & Local History Library is a Passport to Your National Parks stamp sites! Alton is part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) and was named an official Looking for Lincoln community in September 2017. That designation allowed local organizations to become part of the ALNHA’s National Park Service passport program.

There are a total of 21 Looking for Lincoln passport sites in Illinois. In addition to Alton, ALNHA communities include Springfield, Bloomington/Normal, Quincy, Charleston, and Danville. Each community can only have one or two passport stamp locations, so we’re very fortunate to be a designated site. Passport stamps are free to collect, and if you don’t already have a National Park Service Passport, they are available for sale at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The passport program provides opportunities for visitors to explore the communities where Lincoln lived, worked, and traveled in Illinois. The CVB has always promoted the Alton area’s connection to Lincoln and was on board immediately. “Being a passport stamp site is an added benefit for the region,” Alton Regional CVB President and CEO Brett Stawar said. “We have a rich Lincoln heritage in Alton, and bringing in the passport will give visitors a great reason to come walk with us in Mr. Lincoln’s footsteps. The popularity of the National Park Service’s passport program will be another reason to love our destination.”

When the staff at CVB contacted Hayner about being the second Alton site, we were very thrilled. The Genealogy & Local History Library made perfect sense as a passport stamp site. The library has many historic books about Abraham Lincoln and generally has Lincoln photographs and artifacts on display. In the mid-1850’s Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon was a speaker in the Alton Library Association’s lecture series. We even have some items reportedly owned by Mary Todd Lincoln at the library. We also have an original letter from Mr. Lincoln to Simeon Ryder dated 1844.

In Alton, you can get your National Parks passport stamped at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), 200 Piasa Street, or the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library, 401 State Street. Being a passport site is very exciting for us, and we are looking forward to being part of the Lincoln experience. For more information about the program, check out the Looking for Lincoln website We hope to see you and your passport at the library soon!

Explore More Illinois: Use Your Hayner Library Card to Save Money at Illinois Cultural Attractions

Hayner Library is pleased to announce our participation in the Explore More Illinois program. Explore More Illinois allows cardholders from participating RAILS and Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) public libraries to reserve free and discounted admission, parking, and gift store purchases from cultural attractions in Illinois, including museums, cultural centers, zoos, aquariums, gardens, historical societies, park districts, and more.

To access the offers listed on the Explore More Illinois website:
• Visit or click on the Explore More Illinois icon on the Hayner Library website.
• Select Hayner Public Library District from the drop-down menu.
• Enter your Hayner Library card barcode number (found on the back of your Hayner Library card, do not use spaces between the digits) and PIN.

Once logged in, you will see offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction name, or location. Information about each attraction and the offer is available before making the reservation.

How do I make a reservation?
You must make reservations for a specific date. Using the calendar, choose your registration date and then select the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear, and you will also receive a confirmation email. You have the option to print out a pass at that time, or you can choose to print it later.

Can I cancel a reservation?
Yes, you can cancel a reservation before you print or download a pass.

I cannot log into Explore More Illinois. What should I do?
Please call or visit the library. You may have an issue with your account, such as an expired card or fines. We will be happy to assist you in solving the problem.

How many reservations can I have at one time?
You can have up to three active reservations at one time. Once one of the reservation dates has passed, you may make another reservation.

Can children make reservations?
Adults age eighteen and older can make reservations in Explore More Illinois. You must show a photo ID at the attraction on the day of the reservation.

Can I make a reservation for the same attraction more than once?
Attractions can limit how many times a patron can make a reservation. If you are out of reservations, you will not see the offer when you log into Explore More Illinois.

Will I receive a reminder about their reservation?
Yes, you will receive a reminder email three days before your reservation.

What do I need to bring to the attraction on the day of the reservation?
You will need to bring a photo ID and either a smartphone (if you choose an electronic pass) or a printed copy of the pass. Some attractions require a printed copy, which will be indicated when you make the reservation.

An Explore More Illinois instructional video can be viewed at This video contains step-by-step instructions for logging in and using the site.



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