Lincoln College

McKinstry Library

Lincoln College: McKinstry Library

Welcome to the McKinstry Library

The McKinstry Library provides access to a collection of more than 32,000 in print items. This includes a reference collection of more than 300  volumes. The McKinstry Library subscribes to nearly 5,000 journals of which 78 are in print and with the remaining journals available in electronic format. The McKinstry Library has special collections sections covering the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and Education. The McKinstry Library also contains an extensive collection of audio visual materials and journals on microfilm. The McKinstry Library is also the home to the McKinstry Rare Book Room.

Research Tools

Information and tools to help you adapt to college life.

For usage instructions, including I-Share, see the Instructions page.

Research Guides


Digital Collections


Test Proctoring

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 Group Study


 Fun Sites to Stimulate Your Brain

Do you need instructional help with a topic? Would you like to explore the world and the universe on your own? Would you like to help others while having fun? If so click here!


Read about our policies.

Lincoln Heritage Museum

The Lincoln Heritage Museum has moved to the Lincoln Center. See a campus map.

Library Hours

Contact Us

Group Study

McKinstry Library is making an upstairs space available for groups to work together. The space has a table, chairs, and a whiteboard. It can hold a maximum of eight people. The space will be available during the week Monday through Thursday, 8 AM – 9 PM and Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.


10/15/2015, 7 PM: Troy Taylor: Weird Illinois Road Trip

Author Troy Taylor presents a startling and spine-tingling journey throughout the state of Illinois in search of the weirdest, most haunted, and most terrifying people, places and tales! Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7 PM in the Lincoln College Johnston Center. $10. In advance, purchase tickets in cash, check, or money order via mail or in person at the McKinstry Library, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Tickets will also be sold at the door. For more information, see

1/7/2015: Alumni can request library access by contacting the library. Graduating students will be deleted from the library system unless they request access.