Lincoln Reception Room

The Lincoln Reception Room is a glass and stone rotunda on the first floor of the Library. Three-stories tall, it features an engraved excerpt from the Gettysburg Address and views of the Museum and Union Square Park.  

This venue is a popular setting for receptions, wedding rehearsal dinners, luncheons, and board/business meetings. It is the location for our packaged daytime events Lunch at the Library and Take a Break.

 Lincoln Reception Room Floor Plan

Rental Charge

  • $550 Full-Day 
    • Daytime: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
    • Evening:  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (up to 4 hours)
  • $275 Half-Day (up to 4 daytime hours)

Discount opportunities are available on multiple venues rented for weekday, daytime Library events. With the first venue (highest rental charge) rented at full price, additional venues are offered at $100 off a full-day rental or $50 off a half-day rental.


  • Reception: 100 guests
  • Dinner: 60 guests

Weekend Events

Interested in hosting an event at the Library over the weekend? A Weekend Event Charge applies in addition to the venue rental charge.

  • Weekend Event Charge – Full Day $500
  • Weekend Event Charge – Half Day or Evening $300

The additional charge would not apply if three or more venues are rented for a weekend daytime or evening Library event, or if there is a Museum event associated with the Library weekend event.

Reserve the Lincoln Reception Room

Contact the Facilities Rental staff at 217-558-8873 or as you consider the Library to learn more about and reserve this venue for your event.

The ALPLM staff were professional and supportive while arranging a celebration of life luncheon. The Lincoln Reception Room was an impressive venue, adding beauty and history to the event. The catering was superb.

A celebration of life event client

Lincoln Reception Room

Lincoln Reception Room

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