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AARP Tax Aide Services

AARP is providing tax preparation services at the O’Fallon Public Library again this year. We will be providing in-person tax preparation, meaning the returns will be completed and reviewed while the taxpayer is still at the library (provided the taxpayer has all the required documents and information). While the library does not have any COVID restrictions we do ask that if you are feeling ill, please call the library at 618-632-3783 and cancel your appointment, rather than show up and make someone sick. We will attempt to get you rescheduled if at all possible. Additionally, we ask that you cancel your appointment if you can’t make it, whether health-related or not. That way we may be able to get someone else in and avoid wasting resources.

Once your appointment is scheduled, we ask that you download the file at the link below. The first eight pages of the file constitute the Intake and Interview sheet which must be completed prior to beginning your return.  You can complete the form online and then print it, or you can print the form and then fill it out by hand. Either one is acceptable. The rest of the file is several worksheets. Please complete any of the sheets that might apply to your situation. Please try to have the forms filled out as best you can when you arrive for your appointment as this may save some time.

Please ensure that you have all the documents required to complete your return before the scheduled appointment.  Among other things, these might include W-2 forms, 1099 forms, IRS PINs (must be the letter from IRS dated in 2024), brokerage statements, etc.

Photo IDs for taxpayer and spouse and Social Security cards for all people listed on the return are required. Your Medicare card is NOT a Social Security Card, but we can use a letter from the Social Security Administration with the numbers if you can’t find your card.

There are some things we are not permitted by the IRS to do. One of the documents in the intake package you download will tell you what we can and cannot do.

For those who do not wish to download the files, packets will be available for pickup at the library.

Thank you,
Mike Day
AARP Site Coordinator

Last Updated: 1/17/24

Forms and Resources

Forms

Intake Packet (to be completed prior to your appointment with AARP)

Common IRS Forms (federal)

Common Illinois Forms

Resources

Find other AARP Tax Aide Locations

Gateway Community Coalition Locations

AARP Tax Aide Phone Number (888-227-7669)

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Overview

Did you know you can complete your passport application through the library? You can!  Appointments are generally available every day except Sundays.  We'll help you navigate the process and get you out the door in a friendly and efficient manner.  Book your appointment now.

What form should I use?

Unsure of which form to complete? What other documents do you need? Start by answering a few basic questions and find out.

Photo Requirements

You must bring your own passport photo with you at the time of application. Places such as Walgreens or CVS provide this service.

Fees

Depending on your situation, fees can vary. Use the calculator below to find out what your expenses will be.

Forms of Payment

Application Fee and any Additional Services Fees:

  • Checks (personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's) and money orders payable to "U.S. Department of State"
  • Credit and debit cards CANNOT be accepted

$35 Execution (Acceptance) Fee Paid Separately:

  • Checks (personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's) and money orders payable to "O'Fallon Public Library" 
  • Cash
  • Credit and debit cards

What to Expect

Below is a list of items you'll need for your appointment:

  • Completed Form DS-11 (or other relevant forms)
  • Evidence of Citizenship (such as a birth certificate)
  • Valid Photo ID
  • Acceptable Photo
  • Form of payment (the application fee and execution fee are paid separately)

To learn more about each item listed above, visit Travel.State.Gov.

After You Apply

You can check the status of your passport application either online or over the phone.  Visit Travel.State.Gov for all the Application Status details.

Booking a Study Room

The library has four study rooms available for public use.  Two are located on the first floor and two on the second floor.  These rooms are great for group work, tutoring, virtual meetings, and the like.  

  • Schedule online or with a staff member for 1- or 2-hour blocks
  • Please limit yourself to two reservations per day
  • Room occupant limits are as follows: Study Room A (4), Study Room B (6), Quiet Room (4), Conference Room (10)
  • More than 15 minutes late? The room may be given to another group
  • At least one person in the group must be 16 years of age or older
  • Rooms are not soundproof. Please be aware of your noise level
  • Rooms can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance

Overview

Homebound Delivery is a free service offered to O'Fallon Public Library cardholders who are unable to make it to the library due to mobility, health, or disability barriers. Whether you are at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing facility, we can deliver to you.

Will someone call from the Library to discuss items that I may be interested in?

Once you complete the application, the Homebound Coordinator will contact you to discuss all the details and answer any question, as well as help with suggestions based off of your application.

How long can I borrow the items you bring me?

The lending period for O'Fallon Public Library items through the homebound program is flexible, generally 4 weeks. You can renew your materials one time.  Materials not available at the time of request will be placed on reserve and delivered when they become available. Please note that there may be waiting lists for new and/or popular items.

What materials are available?

The library has a large collection of large print and regular print books, as well as many audiobooks, magazines, movies and music that we can deliver.

When will you be delivering materials?

Once we have discussed what materials you are interested in, we will schedule a time to visit your home to deliver materials. Home visits are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

How do I return items?

Materials will be delivered to and picked up from each participant’s residence by the Homebound Coordinator.  Simply have your returns ready to go and we will pick them up when we drop off new items.

How do I sign up?

If you (or someone you know) could benefit from this service, simply FILL OUT THIS FORM or give us a call at 618-206-4345.

Overview

The O'Fallon Public Library is proud to partner with SIUE on making social work services available at the library.  This semester, a social work practicum student is present to help patrons connect to community resources, find counseling or rehabilitation services, get help with aid forms for housing utilities, food, employment and more!

Appointments are free and confidential.  Click the link below to find a date and time that works best for you.  You can also call or see a library staff member for help booking your appointment.

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Overview

Discover a wealth of local support and services with our Community Resources Guide. Whether you're seeking help with education, housing, or social assistance, this guide connects you to essential resources in our area. Empower yourself with information and access the help you need, all conveniently compiled in one accessible resource. 

What is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.

After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.

The Friends of the O'Fallon Public Library, in partnership with the United Way of Greater St. Louis, are proud to bring this program to local residents.

Who Qualifies?

All children residing within the 62269 zip code from birth to age five are eligible for the program. There is absolutely no cost to the family to enroll as this effort is funded by generous donors throughout our community.

Why This Program?

Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning. The number of words that a child knows on entering kindergarten is a key predictor of his or her future success.

How does it work?

All it takes is $25 to mail a child one book per month for an entire year.  The Friends of the O'Fallon Public Library have committed to funding 100 kids in 2022, with hopes of increasing that number as donations and fundraising initiatives allow.  Each year we aim to grow the number of children we can support through this initiative.  Your generous gift can help us fulfill this mission.  

For only $25 you or your organization can sponsor a child for an entire year. A gift of $100 dollars ensures that 4 children will receive a new book in their mailbox each month. Click the Donate button to give now.  

As a tax-exempt (501c3) organization, your contribution may be deductible to the extent allowed by law.  No goods or services were provided in exchange for this donation.

Questions about the program?

We'd love to hear from you.  Please email [email protected] or call 618-206-4342.

Register a child

Register a child today by completing this quick online form.

The program is 100% free to families, with financial support coming from the Friends of the O'Fallon Public Library and other community donors.  

Donate

Wish to help support this program?  Donate online today (it's quick, easy, and secure)!

Donations can also be mailed to the Friends of the Library at 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon IL  62269. Please put Dolly in the memo line.

Computer Access

We have 17 computers located on the first floor for public use and an additional 5 computers in our Teen Room for users 12-18 years of age.  Free Guest Passes are available for people without a library card.

Technology Help

Staff members are always available in our Adult Services Department to help you with printing, faxing, emailing, or other technology needs you might have.  If you need more in-depth assistance, you can signup for a free 30-minute Tech Help session.

Wifi

Free wireless internet is available for all library users.  The network name is "OFPL Public Wireless."  You do not need a password to access this network.

Printing/Scanning/Faxing

Printing is available from all of our public computers.  Black and white pages are .15 per side.  Color pages are .50 per side.  Wireless printing is also available for patrons who want to print directly from their personal devices. 

The library also offers free scanning services. Send items directly to your email, flashdrive, or cloud storage account. 

The library's fax number is 618-632-3759.  Incoming and outbound faxes are .15 per side.  

Notary Service

The library has at least one notary scheduled during normal business hours, except in the event of an unplanned absence. You may call 618-632-3783 to verify a notary's availability prior to your visit.  All signers will need a valid photo ID.

Limitations

Notary service is not available for:

  1. Deeds, mortgages, or other real estate closing documents. These documents can require technical or legal knowledge that is beyond the scope of our service.
  2. Copy certification (ie birth and marriage certificates)
  3. USCIS Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
  4. Documents written in languages the notary does not read
  5. Documents with blank spaces 

Staff Notaries are not attorneys licensed to practice law, may not give legal advice about immigration or any other legal matter, and may not accept fees for legal advice.

Register to Vote

If you are not yet registered to vote in Illinois or need to update your registration, you can complete an online voter registration application.

To vote in Illinois:

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election.
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
  • You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Common Questions

Voter Integrity Hotline

The County Clerk’s office has implemented the Voter Integrity Hotline. If you have any questions or comments concerning the voting process in St. Clair County, please call or email: